We ignite awareness of critical issues and encourage public involvement by supporting socially engaged artists and projects, with a focus on participatory art, to connect and build communities and amplify marginalized voices.
- Support artists and art projects through operations and program logistics, capacity-building, fundraising support, networking and new partnerships, shared resources, physical space, mobile and participatory workshop development, connective events, and happenings
- Connect communities through collaborative, participatory making
- Foster a culture of participation by engaging the public through action
- Sustain a Think Tank environment to establish new connections, stay in front of contemporary discourse, engage new ideas and people, and embrace change
- Conduct Research and share our findings on connective practice, community building, and social change through participation and 'making'
- Make and Show Art; Everything is through making, doing, and telling
Frontline Arts invites artists (individuals, collectives, or organizations) to submit a project proposal that works towards community goals, dialogue, increased awareness on social and ecological issues, and actionable steps for communities to engage with the project and respond to the social issue.
Our mission is not for veteran artists or veteran art projects alone. We seek to connect many different communities together.
The Frontline Arts connective social arts practice can promote trans-disciplinary collaboration, spark imagination, create aesthetic, amplify marginalized voices, generate dialogue, and connect communities for a better world.
Frontline Arts, formerly known as the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, was incorporated on December 10, 1974. Originally founded as the Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Founders Lois Berghoff, Zelda Burdick, Florence Wender, Carol Yudin and Peter Chapin, envisioned an organization that would help local artists as well as promote the fine art of printmaking statewide.
In 1978, the mobile program Roving Press attracted the attention of the Somerset County Parks Commission, which had recently acquired 35 acres of property donated by Ralph T. Reeve to be used as a statewide cultural complex bearing his name. The organization was offered three acres and a two-story framed building, which once housed the offices of a lumber company, through an ongoing lease with the Somerset County Parks Commission. The Ralph T. Reeve Cultural Center located in Branchburg, New Jersey has been home to our offices, gallery, mobile programming, and fully-equipped printmaking and papermaking studios ever since.
We are currently in transition restructuring our mobile and in-house programming and re-branding the organization, from the Printmaking Center of New Jersey to Frontline Arts. We've updated our mission to connect and build communities through socially engaging art practices rooted in papermaking and printmaking, and we're currently working on our next three-year strategic plan. We're excited to continue and further the work of the original Founders, connecting artists with communities through mobile socially engaging papermaking initiatives, while continuing to offer groundbreaking exhibitions, artist residencies, an Artist Series, and communal space with shared equipment for printmakers and papermakers across our state and larger region.