Art Pride New Jersey Foundation

Address

432 High St.
Burlington, NJ 08016
County: Burlington
http://www.artpridenj.com

Contact

Mr. Adam Perle

Grant Amount

$150,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For implementation of ArtPride New Jersey's strategic plan that includes increased advocacy impact and improved organizational capacity.

Organization Background

ArtPride New Jersey, Inc. was incorporated in March 1986 as a 501(c)4 organization in response to the need for an independent organization to represent the arts community to the New Jersey state legislature, to reinforce the importance of the arts to the public-at-large, and to present a unified voice on matters of importance to the arts community. From the beginning, ArtPride's brand was associated with political advocacy, particularly in relation to state funding of the arts through the New Jersey State Council for the Arts (NJSCA). Today ArtPride's vision is clear. New Jersey should be the most culturally rich and vibrant arts state in New Jersey.

In 2000, ArtPride took on the administration of Discover Jersey Arts (DJA), a statewide arts audience development initiative that was an outgrowth of Arts Plan New Jersey. In the following years, other non-political programs that addressed ArtPride's mission were added: Arts Plan NJ in 2005 and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) in 2009. Each program is co-sponsored by the NJSCA.

ArtPride New Jersey, Inc. was instrumental in saving the arts from elimination in the NJ state budget in 2003 and advocating for a dedicated state revenue source for arts, history and tourism through the NJ Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee. Since then, ArtPride New Jersey worked to protect this public arts support through advocacy efforts.

In 2013 and 2014, ArtPride New Jersey underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process that resulted in two major organizational shifts. First, the Board of Trustees reorganized under the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation 501(c)3 structure in an effort to clarify the organization's leadership, mission and activities. Secondly, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation welcomed its first President/CEO in January 2015 and simultaneously created the position of Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. This new executive level paradigm is designed to produce significant increases in impact this year and beyond.

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