NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, has launched The Arts Project with Maddie Orton, a new monthly series dedicated to New Jersey's arts scene. Touring the Garden State for all things arts, The Arts Project with Maddie Orton takes a behind-the-scenes look at New Jersey's crown jewels and hidden gems. Hosted by NJTV News Arts Correspondent Maddie Orton, The Arts Project covers music, theater, dance, visual art, and the artists who make it all happen. In the state that brought the world Springsteen, Houston and Streep, you never know who - or what- is next.

The Arts Project with Maddie Orton will air a new episode each month. The next program will premiere this Sunday, March 23 at 11am and play in Primetime this Wednesday, March 26 at 8pm, during NJTV's NJmade local program block. This upcoming episode features the new director of the Newark Museum, who shares his vision for the state's largest museum; a road trip with actors who mobilize at dawn in the name of extreme theater; and a look at those who carry the torch of the Monuments Men, recovering artwork from generations past.

If you missed February's debut episode, which included a look at the NJ Hall of Fame's newest inductees Dionne Warwick and entertainer Joe Piscopo, check it out online here.
"The arts play a tremendous role in New Jersey's history and identity, not to mention our schools and our communities," said Orton. "It's exciting to shine a spotlight on the incredible work being done right here in our own backyards from original theatrical productions, concerts, and film festivals, to glassblowing, painting, and printmaking. There are always more stories to cover!"

Passionate about the arts and a Jersey native, Orton has worked in many facets of the field, from advocacy to performance and has worked with artists, arts organizations and supporters from across the state and throughout the country. In her time with NJTV News with Mike Schneider , she has covered music, theater, film, dance, visual art, and arts education, interviewing such luminaries as Steven Colbert, Steven Van Zandt, Alan Menken, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. From Art All Night in Trenton and the Jersey Moves! Dance Festival to GlassWeekend at WheatonArts and Poetry Out Loud State Finals, Orton is dedicated to finding - and highlighting - the big and small art events and accomplishments in New Jersey for her series and the news program. It is priority content at NJTV.

"NJTV is dedicated to bringing the arts to television," said NJTV's General Manager John Servidio. "Quite frankly, if public television doesn't do it, no one else will. So we're actively seeking partners to help fund more great arts programming, from Maddie Orton's news reports to performance series like the American Songbook at NJPAC."

NJTV broadcast American Songbook at NJPAC this January; the six-part series featured live cabaret-style performances by such talents as Rebecca Luker, Tom Wopat and Valerie Simpson, and now lives along with other show content on the network's website. The network also airs State of the Arts weekly at 8pm on Sundays.

Learn more about NJTV's programming at Follow updates on The Arts Project with Maddie Orton on Tumblr and Twitter: @MaddieOrtonNJTV; TheArtsProjectNJTV.tumblr.comand #TheArtsProjectNJTV. Viewers may also send story ideas to

."This is New Jersey public television," said Orton. "So who better to get story ideas from than the public? We want everyone to be a part of The Arts Project and help us keep tabs on what's happening across the state, in the arts and other news."

About NJTV

NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors, including acclaimed national PBS series like American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including Reporters Roundtable with Michael Aron, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Tales of the Jersey Shore, Due Process and State of the Arts. The station's week-nightly news broadcast, NJTV News with Mike Schneider, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. The network's website, posts the latest local news, information and program schedules, and its education section offers local educators free, classroom-ready, digital resources through VITAL NJ.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. Formerly New Jersey Network (NJN), NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Network sponsorships and partnerships are available.

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