ACE at Arts Advocacy Day in DC

ACE Delegates at Arts Advocacy Day

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.

Nancy Pelosi Accepting the Arts Leadership Award (Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts News)

Message from Carlo.

Dear ACE – notice that AAM has introduced on-line pre-conference training!

Dear Museums Advocacy Day 2010 Participants:

Museums Advocacy Day 2010 is less than three weeks away and we are looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC soon. We understand you may have questions about what to expect during Museums Advocacy Day and how to prepare for the event and want to help answer your questions and get you as prepared as possible.

JOIN US for a FREE special program – Museums Advocacy Day Pre-conference Online Training: What to Know Before You Go

Who: You and fellow participants in Museums Advocacy Day 2010
What: Museums Advocacy Day Pre-conference Online Training: What to Know Before You Go
Program Description: As we prepare to meet with Members of Congress during Museums Advocacy Day, join us for an online advocacy training session to discuss the key asks as well as tips for getting your message across. We’ll look at three critical steps you should take before coming to Washington to prepare to have the most effective meetings possible. We’ll also discuss techniques for following up with legislators and building relationships throughout the year.
When: Friday, March 12, 2:00PM EST
Where: The nearest computer with Internet access!

REGISTER TODAY!

Questions about Museums Advocacy Day?
Visit http://www.speakupformuseums.org/MuseumAdvocacyDay.htm or call us at 202-218-7703.