WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Assemblyman Chris A. Brown was honored today by the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation with its Distinguished Arts Advocate Award at the organization’s Arts Day 2014 event held in Trenton.
Brown is the sponsor of numerous legislative initiatives to promote tourism, the arts and culture and historic preservation. Brown’s accomplishments include a law which provides for coordination of promotional and marketing efforts between tourism, entertainment, and sports and legislation that would increase funding for cultural, historical, and tourism-related programs.
Chris A. Brown
“I am truly honored by this recognition from the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and I congratulate Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle on also receiving this award,” said Brown, R-Atlantic. “The arts are not only an important part of our culture, but a key piece of New Jersey’s tourism industry. As we celebrate New Jersey’s 350th anniversary as a state, it is appropriate we acknowledge the contributions of the arts. The theatre, museums, galleries and arts centers must be appreciated for the important part they play in our state and society.
Brown is a strong supporter of the Atlantic City Arts District. “Along with the numerous clean and safe initiatives, I believe the arts are a key component in transforming Atlantic City into a world destination resort. We should always keep in mind that cultural tourists stay longer and spend nearly 40 percent more than other tourists,” Brown said. “Simply said, the arts act as a catalyst for growth.
“The arts create jobs. It employs artists, managers, marketers, technicians, teachers, designers, carpenters and workers in a wide variety of other trades and professions,” continued Brown. “Like other jobs, arts jobs help pay mortgages and send children to college. Tourism is an important part of New Jersey, and the arts and culture will always play an integral role in attracting visitors to our state.”
Assemblyman Brown serves as a member of the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee.