Celebrating Arts Advocacy Day

Posted by Tim Mikulski On April - 16 - 2012

Advocates begin training for their visits to members of Congress.

Over 500 arts advocates are gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC this morning to begin training for Arts Advocacy Day.

This annual two-day event brings together representatives from nearly every state to meet with their members of Congress to advocate for a number of issues near and dear to those who love the arts.

In addition to a day of training in preparation for those meetings, Americans for the Arts with support from Ovation and other partners, will host our 25th anniversary Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts just across town.

Tonight, we are honored to have arts champion Alec Baldwin as this year’s lecturer and singer-songwriter/composer Ben Folds performing (along with musicians from YoungArts).

Stay tuned to ARTSblog for Arts Advocacy Day information throughout the next two days or follow @Americans4Arts and #AAD12 on Twitter to receive up-to-the-minute reports.

You can also take action wherever you are by visiting our Arts Action Center and sending a message to your members of Congress.

One Response to “Celebrating Arts Advocacy Day”

  1. I posted, “what arts means to me” by 2 of my children on my twitter feed (mytimeatlast – but I used #AAD2012 before I realized it was the wrong hashtag). Another child is working on his in elvish (yes, elvish). My oldest child is having a meltdown (16) because he finally sees the importance of words and communication (his cell phone died).

    For me? I advocate the arts through my sharing my love of the arts every day. Whether it’s an art gallery, a play, music – I am always helping to open other’s eys.

    As I tell my kids, I love theatre (we live close to Stratford Festival in Ontario), the theatre helps me feel emotions that don’t have a name yet. The same can be said of an art piece, a poem, music.

    Nya:weh (Mohawk for thank you)


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Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe talk about the state of the arts in America at Arts Advocacy Day 2012. The acclaimed actor and famed producer discuss arts education and what inspires them.