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.
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
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.
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.
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.