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wendyl

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Review for Art Pride New Jersey Foundation Inc, Burlington, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I support ArtPride's advocacy efforts.