As one of ACE’s first major initiatives, a group of eight NYU students traveled to Washington, DC to attend the 23rd annual Arts Advocacy Day conference from April 11-13. The arts action summit was organized by Americans for the Arts and attended by arts professionals from all across the United States.
Arts Advocacy Day provided student representatives with detailed training on advocating to legislators and policy makers on behalf of the arts. Through seminars on lobbying tactics and briefings on the most up to date research and data on the social and economic impact of the arts, the student advocates were prepared to effectively argue in support of a strong arts culture.
On the second day of the conference, ACE members attended a House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations hearing on arts funding, at which testimony was provided by Louise Slaughter, Congressional Arts Caucus co-chair, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and other policy makers, artists, and arts professionals. To see video of all testimony from the “Arts Build Communities” Congressional hearing on art funding, click here.
In collaboration with student advocates from Columbia University’s Arts Administration MA program, ACE members met privately with Executive Director Rachel Goslins of The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, to share with her student advocacy efforts and to learn more about the work of PCAH.
The day before the Arts Advocacy conference, ACE members attended the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at American University, an annual meeting for young professionals who work in the arts. It was an opportunity to discuss the issues that affect arts organizations with students, peers, and experienced professionals. The symposium featured a networking reception, multiple professional development sessions held throughout the day, and a keynote address by Ben Cameron, Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.