Adam Perle, who as vice president of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce helped to establish the Princeton Area Arts & Culture Consortium (PAACC), has been named as the new president and CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, a coalition of arts organizations and individuals that advocate for funding, support, and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey’s quality of life
The board of ArtPride, which is based in Burlington, simultaneously announced that Ann Marie Miller, who served ArtPride as executive director since 1995, will assume the new position of director of advocacy and public policy.
“After an edifying strategic planning process, we are delighted to embark on a new era in ArtPride’s arts advocacy work,” said Mary Eileen Fouratt, president of ArtPride’s board. “Adam’s enthusiasm is contagious and will certainly help advance the organization to new levels. His background in business and tourism provide both leadership and support to ArtPride’s existing work and partnerships in these sectors.”
“We are eager for Ann Marie to have a new opportunity to work on cultural policy matters that will assure the arts remain at a variety of tables with increased support from public and private sectors,” said Fouratt. “Her experience and keen insight into advocacy and public policy will keep ArtPride at the forefront of our economic, civic, and social environments.”
During Miller’s 19 years as executive director, ArtPride grew from one to seven fulltime employees. The budget expanded from $135,000 in 1995 to $1.8 million in 2014. Miller has worked to integrate programs and services that advance the organization’s mission to increase awareness of how the arts in N.J. are integral to the state’s economy, education, and overall quality of life.
Perle had worked at the Princeton Chamber for the past eight years, and his duties included oversight of the Princeton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization for the Princeton Mercer Region.
The chamber announced two staff changes within the visitors bureau. Kara Grimes will be serving as director of events and Jennifer Guhl will be serving as director of marketing and communications. Chamber CEO Peter Crowley said that Grimes and Guhl “will immediately step in and work with the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s leadership committee as we continue to expand and grow the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s market presence throughout the Princeton/Mercer region.”
In addition, Guhl has been promoted to director of marketing and communications for the chamber. A graduate Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Guhl began her career in nonprofit arts administration as the marketing manager for the Orlando Repertory Theater and Enzian/Florida Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. For the past year at the chamber she worked in marketing and promotion, advertising sales, graphic design, event planning, and overseeing the Princeton Region Young Professionals program.
Art Pride New Jersey Inc., 432 High Street, Burlington 08016; 609-479-3377; fax, 609-443-3582. Adam Perle, executive director. www.artpridenj.com.