NJTV News arts correspondent hosts The Arts Project with Maddie Orton, touring New Jersey to spotlight all things arts.




Updated April 16, 2014 – MONTCLAIR, NJ – 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, April 20 at 11am and play in primetime this Wednesday, April 23rd at 8pm, during NJTV’s NJmade local program block (check local listings).  In this episode, Maddie Orton talks to stage and TV star Bebe Neuwirth, who’s fame stretches from Cheers to Chicago on Broadway. Plus, the symphony takes on a movie classic and a ballet company puts its spin on gym class for hundreds of New Jersey students.

The March episode featured 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. Watch it online here.

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 Artsweekly at 8pm on Sundays.

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

“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.”



NJTV News arts correspondent hosts The Arts Project with Maddie Orton, touring New Jersey to spotlight all things arts.