“I can honestly say that my Advocate Jersey Arts Membership has taken my passion for the arts to a new level . . . not only in regard to what I do and experience as an arts “spectator” or participant, but also in regard to my understanding of the impact the arts can have on quality of life and educational achievement.
Taking part in Arts Advocacy Day in DC to carry such messages to New Jersey Members of Congress — or, more accurately, young and enthusiastic members of their staffs — has been worth the occasional raised eyebrow for two days out of the office. Having someone’s ear and undivided attention in Washington, even if it’s for ten minutes, can’t help but leave you feeling that you are making a difference.
I attended my first Arts Advocacy Day in 2004. It was kind of, “Wow! So this is what advocacy is all about.” Since then, I’ve made it a point to get to DC for the annual event and to bring what I learned there back to my city and all my working and volunteer relationships that involve the arts.”
-Vickie Snoy, Advocate Jersey Arts Member
This year marks 30 years of ArtPride New Jersey! Some of our friends came together to help us celebrate: