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Art Pride New Jersey Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: The ArtPRIDE New Jersey Foundation, Inc. provides leadership in strengthening the vital role of the arts in New Jersey’s quality of life, education and economic growth.

Results: We have been able to maintain State funding for arts and culture through difficult economic times. We also advocate for federal support and promote the value of the arts to all who live in and visit New Jersey.

Target demographics: All New Jersey residents regardless of age or income level

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: Promotion and education of the public regarding the benefits of arts and humanities in new jersey

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a cultural agency at risk for loss of all of our funding, I looked to Art pride for guidance on advocacy - and their assistance was timely, professional and relevant. Art Pride should be credited with saving that arts and history money in NJ from total collapse! No other organization could have done this as they have the knowledge we need and the trust of the field.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art Pride has been a tremendous resource for providing the members of the arts community with statistics and supporting materials to help us be better advocates for the arts. It has served as a catalyst for professional development programs and has been a valuable partner in the Discover Jersey Arts campaign, which has enabled arts organizations to better market their programs.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art Pride NJ is an arts advocacy group that truly fulfills their mission to help expand awareness of and growth for the arts in NJ. As a member of a NJ non-profit dance company, and an audience member at arts events in NJ, I know Art Pride is always trying to raise the level of awareness of the importance of arts in NJ, not only for economic reasons, but also for our quality of life. They regularly galvanize the public to send messages to government officials (via e-blasts, mailings, etc) in support of the arts and make it easier to do so with the tools they provide on their website.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ART PRIDE NJ is a tremendously effective outreach and advocacy organization that is dedicated to advancing and preserving ALL of the arts organizations and artists in NJ. The staff keeps abreast of a wide-range of issues, challenges and opportunities that impact "the arts" and arts education throughout NJ and the region and the nation. Because they do this so well, the rest of us arts enthusiasts are better educated and better prepared to be supporters of arts opportunities in NJ

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped arts organizations including Newark School of the Arts through their email alerts, advocacy efforts, and job opportunities posting which we used. Most recently, NJ State held up grants already awarded to arts organizations by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. ArtPrides emails, surveys and prompt forceful action, I believe, was the reason for a quicker release of the funds. A few more weeks, and many smaller arts organizations would have had to close their doors.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

ArtPride NJ is an outstanding advocate for the nonprofit arts and cultural organizations throughout New Jersey. Their tireless work in communicating the value of the art as an economic engine, an important aspect of community revitialztion, quality of live and life-long learning. The arts enhance appreciation for diversity, promote civic involvement during a challenging time in this country. ArtPride provides the tools for the arts community to raise legislative and public awareness that the arts are part of the solution in meeting the economic and political challenges of our day.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Art Pride has an amazing team of people devoted to keeping the arts alive in New Jersey. Personally I know scholarship recipients of Art Pride who have traveled to a national conference on advocacy in the arts. It was an invaluable experience to them and they have continued in their communities to be a leader in the arts. I have great faith in this organization's ability to achieve their mission. My only criticism is that I feel their website does not communicate the organization's strength.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Artpride is an absolutely indispensable organization that advocates tirelessly for arts and cultural organizations in the state of New Jersey. They update the public about important arts legislation, arts initiatives and arts-related news. They provide the public with facilitated access to elected officials to voice their support for the arts. They provide a forum for arts organizations to meet and share important information about trends and shared concerns. Through their efforts on behalf of arts organizations in December of 2009, they helped to save thousands of arts and culture-related jobs by petitioning the Department of State to release frozen grant funds.

4

Former staff

Rating: 5

ArtPride New Jersey Foundation has helped to sustain, reinstate and regain spport for Arts funding from the state of NJ for years.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art Pride does a wonderful job promoting the public value of the arts! It is great having such an organization in our state!!

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

ArtPride NJ's name says it all. It is about the importance of the arts, pride in NJ's vibrant arts community, and all things related to the arts in New Jersey. ArtPride does a remarkable job of educating and informing the public -- and public officials -- about issues and oppportunities in the arts that affect our state. It's staff, ably led by Ann Marie Miller, is the epitome of professionalism. The ArtPride NJ Foundation works tirelessly to show how the arts can improve the quality of life for all our citizens.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Board of ArtPride, the statewide advocacy and service organization to the arts constituency of New Jersey, I have personally been enriched and have in turn been given the skills to assist others in demonstrating the public value of the arts as a means of self-expression and also to facilitate education, community building, economic development, cultural competence, healthcare and well-being, successful aging, childcare and youth at-risk programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ArtPride was incorporated in 1986 to "foster a favorable climate for the arts in the state of New Jersey and to encourage citizens and elected officials to endorse positions favorable to the arts and the endeavors of individual artists." Since that time, ArtPride has presented an annual Congress that brings the arts community together with government and business leaders to advance public policy and partnerships. ArtPRIDE also helps lead New Jersey's celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month each October, and promotes cultural tourism through participation in the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. Most importantly, ArtPride is there to underscore the achievements of New Jersey's not-for-profit arts industry to state, federal and local elected officials. Through ArtPRIDE's leadership, state funding for the arts has grown 83% over the past three years to over $18 million dollars. Help ArtPride continue its success by getting involved!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This well organized group is the primary reason the arts are still moving forward in the state of NJ. The educational seminars have helped me understand the political, fiscal and sociological environments of the state and move the arts forward.

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

ArtPride New Jersey does a great job letting people know the value of the arts in our lives, our communities and in the economy.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

ArtPride is at the front of every issue affecting artists in New Jersey. The organization provides strong advocacy as well as information to help NJ Artists respond to changing climates effectively. When state arts funding is threatened, ArtPride is there. In fact, the arguments have been so sound that I have adopted them as talking points for fund raising. As an NJ artist, I can say that ArtPride NJ has my back.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are the voice of the arts to the NJ Government. They represent and promote statewide. They provide relevant information for arts staff, educators and patrons.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Pride is perhaps the most dynamic nonprofit organization in the cultural community. They work for members and non-members equally - how many organizations will do that? Art Pride connects the arts community to decision makers. It is our face to the public. Art Pride is pro-active, timely, assertive, informational, diligent and a consummate negotiator. We in the cultural community would not be able to serve the public well, were it not for the efforts of this nonprofit. Art Pride deserves the highest honors.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected to ArtPride for about 10 years in a variety of capacities: as a funder, I managed a corporate foundation budget that contributed to the ArtPride Foundation; as a chair of a non-profit arts organization; and finally as a member of ArtPride's Board of Trustees. ArtPride has developed a reputation for excellence in its advocacy campaigns that transcends its primary clients, the arts organizations around the state of New Jersey. Legislators, arts advocates and corporate supporters appreciate ArtPride's grassroots approach to advocacy in this state. Several years ago, then Governor James McGreevey threatened to abolish all grants from the state. ArtPride's systematic grassroots campaign to rally not only arts organizations but supporters and patrons is widely credited with forcing Governor McGreevey to back down on his threat to discontinue grants funding for the arts, cultural tourism and history. Moreover, the campaign's success is largely credited with having led to a dedicated funding source for the arts, cultural tourism and history in New Jersey. As a product of the intense public reaction generated by arts advocates, legislation was enacted by New Jersey lawmakers that ensured state funding for the arts from a dedicated revenue stream produced by an occupancy tax known as the Hotel/Motel tax. Even in the financial crises provoked by the stagnant and unpredictable economic environment of the last two years, ArtPride's leadership in its advocacy efforts has protected the arts organizations in New Jersey from the elimination of state funding. ArtPride's use of electronic communications is a model for grassroots mobilizing for the purposes of getting the messages to legislators and the media in a timely fashion. Thousands of letters and emails are largely responsible for a newfound respect for the impact that the arts community has on the economic development of this state. The mantra, "The Arts Mean Business," created by ArtPride as a means of building recognition, and respect, --at the same time that it communicates an important message--to identify the arts as an economic engine with which to be reckoned. A word or two about the leadership of the organization is in order. As Executive Director, Ann Marie Miller's effective, reasoned approach to helping ArtPride craft appropriate messages is a model of professionalism and garners admirers and advocates well beyond the arts community. And, with the forceful, articulate leadership of Mark Packer, the Board and membership are well represented, and highly respected, by legislators and the media. Witness Mark Packer's op-ed piece during the 2009 pre-holiday freeze on state funding proposed by former Governor Corzine as only one example of the tone, and effectiveness of ArtPride's messaging and outreach. In my view, ArtPride has no peer when it comes to grassroots advocacy and the respect it has engendered on behalf of the arts organizations in the state of New Jersey.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art Pride NJ is, rightfully, the State of NJ's leading arts advocacy organization and continues to be the go-to group to share poignantly the power, impact and effectiveness of the arts in our State. With a small, but enormously determined staff and committed Board, ArtPride NJ has been hugely effective in communicating with elected and appointed officials that small investments in the arts yield tremendous results.