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February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

Art Pride was able to get the message out about state funding being frozen in Dec. They had an amazing reaction to this problem and were able to get everyone together to gain support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they are on top of things.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

As a very small Nj Arts Organization, we have had most helpful experiences with ArtPride. We are being informed of all urgent and regular art news of the state of New Jersey and being invited to all special activities and events, organized by Art Pride, which are so helpful to keep our organization up to date. Besides Artpride is an enormous resource center for many of our questions in regard to our organization. We wholeheartedly support all activities of Artpride.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their special events on supporting us with new insights.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely support our organization much better than other government organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

Art Pride NJ is a valuable asset for all NJ arts organizations as well as the general public. Their support of our efforts as a NJ non profit arts organization is imperative to our organizations health and vitality. Since our inception in 2002 The Garden State Film Festival has attracted 30,000 people to its 4 day event each spring for the past two years. Art Pride Nj has been a valuable resource for our all volunteer organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it does a great job keeping us informed and giving us valuable aid and support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

ArtPrideNJ provides valuable leadership by uniting and coordinating the powerful voice of all the arts organizations in NJ. ArtPride facilitates direct communication between local, state and federal art agencies. Art Pride promotes Cultural Tourism and contributes to the economic vitality of NJ. In addition, ArtPride saved New Jersey's cultural agencies and their appropriations many times when funding was about to be eliminated. ArtPrideNJ provided leadership and coordinated the powerful united voice of the arts community. ArtPrideNj is a vital link in maintaining NJ's quality of life, education, and economic vitality.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how Art Pride mobilizes the art community to act on legislative issues and initiatives. ArtPride has saved cultural agencies and their funding many times.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Art Pride knows how to work the system and get things done.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to the cultural arts community in NJ

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

ArtPride has been an unrelenting champion of the arts in New Jersey. While there have been many creative efforts in New Jersey such as the Cultural Trust and the Hotel/Motel Fee designed to protect the arts from the highs and lows of the state economy, it has been ArtPride leadership that has protected these great ideas from the changing tides in political leadership. It seems there is a moment every year or so when the arts community has to put down their art making plows and take up arms to fight off attempts to raid the relatively small, but well-appreciated funds designated to the State Council on the Arts. Just this past December, it was discovered that the state treasury had frozen grant payments to arts organizations that had been promised and contracted in June 2009. ArtPride gathered its forces and fought back and within 20 days it was announced that the funds would be in the mail before Christmas. Now we are not talking about a large team of paid lobbyists, we are talking about passionate arts leaders and arts sympathizers from across the state who are linked to patrons of the arts, makers of art, and people who recognize how important the arts are to the well-rounded education of their children. These are leaders who have been struggling to keep their own nonprofit organization afloat but believe in the tremendous value of the arts to NJ’s livability and believe in the tremendous leadership of Executive Director Ann Marie Miller and Board President Mark Packer. They provided thousands of citizens with the tools they needed to speak out, reach their legislators, and fight for what they cared about. But it would short change the full scope of ArtPride’s work to focus only on their defense mode advocacy. They are the primary force for positive branding of the importance of the arts, conducting economic impact research and disseminating this information so people understand what our cities and main streets would be like without the arts. They provide capacity building opportunities for arts organizations and help them with their own outreach capacity. Without ArtPride, New Jersey would suffer the fate of other states who look for short term fixes by eliminating arts and culture funding instead of focusing on long term solutions that draw people to their state and make for vibrant communities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their new use of social media. They are engaging people with fun ways to access arts in their everyday lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

This hard-working and astute arts advocacy institution has been invaluable resource for the arts in New Jersey and a highly respected national exemplar. Operating with a remarkably tight budget with a truly effective leader, ArtPride is a great nonprofit. Without question, New Jersey which needs the arts and has had its reputation enormously enhanced by them would not be held in the same esteem without Art Pride, NJ. I write as the former Director of the Montclair Art Museum,

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the funding for the arts inb NJ

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its efficient management and the collegial bpnds that I formed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

superior in their intelligence and commitment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund arts organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

I have been involved since the inception of ArtPRIDE and could not imagine New Jersey's arts organizations functioning without this great partnership. The organization does an incredible amount of outreach to large and small arts organizations, all with the same high level of professionalism. ArtPRIDE is on top of the critical issues facing cultural agencies at the Federal and State level and is quick to get out the word when action is needed. Many may not realize the organization's constituents are not limited to arts organizations....but also includes those providing access to the historical and humanities resources within the State. Although their staffing is small the value of their services is huge. To my knowledge no other organization in New Jersey plays such a major role in collaboration with the arts, history and humanities.....maybe not in the country. ArtPRIDE's ability to maintain a high level of dialogue with the appointed leadership of these State agencies and the respect the government agencies have for ArtPRIDE attests to its value. I am confident that legislators also are appreciative of ArtPRIDE;s ability to inform and provide critical details that impact legislative decision making.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that able to bring a diverse group of leaders from the State Arts Council's Board and staff, directors from arts organizations, department heads from Rutgers, the State University and individuals from Dept of Labor to create a new collaboration.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality and dedication of the staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always caring, always professional and well prepared

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more staff in order to work a more appropriate work week rather then the 60 - 70 hours currently the norm. They'd be in a better position to advocate for more issues impacting the field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

Art Pride is the organization whose mission is to educate the public about the value of the arts as an economic, social and cultural force in our state. In times of crisis, the role of Art Pride New Jersey is crucial as it is where the state's not-for-profit arts groups go in times of crisis and we in New Jersey have had more than our share of those. It is the organization that keeps arts organizations informed about issues of concern and is the place from which statewide arts advocacy efforts emanate. Last Fall when state grants to arts organizations were frozen, it was Art Pride that took the leadership role in working for restoration.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and completely dedicated to furthering the role the arts plays in the lives of New Jersey residents of all ages.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

Art Pride tirelessly works to keep the arts alive and healthy in New Jersey. The staff, board and members are amazingly dedicated and get results. Without them the arts would be marginalized.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way ArtPride has created a collaborative and supportive arts community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Great advocate for the arts in New Jersey! Makes the case for all arts organizations in NJ at state and federal level without overstating it. Image is always that of reason and level-headedness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its efforts to maintain funding for the arts in New Jersey.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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