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Rice Supports Cultural Arts Through Legislation

Bill For Non-profit Organization to Support African-American Arts Approved in Senate

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would establish, the New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation, a nonprofit organization that would be dedicated to advancing African-American history, culture and art, was approved in the Senate State Government Committee today.

“The African American community has a rich culture full of history that is so often portrayed through the arts,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation will help promote the arts, which will enrich the minds and spirits of the residents in our towns.”

The bill, S-710, would allow for the creation of a non-profit organization which would align with other organizations and institutions in New Jersey to work for the purpose of broadening, deepening and diversifying Statewide participation in and appreciation for African-American history, culture and arts.

Senator Rice noted that “The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative would promote understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural contributions of people of African descent by increasing opportunities for young people to learn about and experience the arts.” The Senator also stated that the organization would work to increase the audience for local events and boost area tourism, which will help urban communities thrive.

“By sponsoring legislation to create a non-profit organization, I am continuing my commitment of supporting new developments in the arts, and addressing critical issues of the urban community,” said Senator Rice. “It is so important to foster innovations, express creativity and challenge people to explore new ideas and perspectives that will advance the culture of African-American heritage. The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative will help the urban community by sponsoring activities and raising funds that will go to supporting African-American traditions in the State.”

The bill now heads to the full senate for consideration.

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