ACE to Attend Arts Advocacy Day in DC, April 16-17

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New York, NY (February 1, 2012)— As part of the Campaigning for Culture seminar series, Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE) will host a dynamic discussion with four leading arts advocates of the One Percent for Culture campaign, including Norma Munn, Heather Woodfield, Richard Kessler, and Sheila Lewandowski.

DATE: Friday, February 24th

TIME: 6–7:30pm, Reception to follow

PLACE: NYU/ 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York (between 3rd & 2nd Avenues at 9th Street)

Free and open to the public (RSVP required)

RSVP: nyu.artsadvocates(at)

One Percent for Culture is a non-partisan, grassroots, five-borough campaign whose mission is to demonstrate the value of culture to New York City.  The campaign will generate support for an increase in the city’s financial commitment to the nonprofit cultural community, including artists of all disciplines, to a full one percent of the municipal expense budget.

Our panelists – who offer different perspectives within the arts field – will address the essential role culture plays in New York City, and the impact they hope their coalition will have through advocacy in increasing city funding for cultural organizations.

The panelists include Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture; and members of One Percent for Culture’s Steering Committee: Norma Munn, Chair, New York City Arts Coalition; Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music; and Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director, The Chocolate Factory Theater. Munira Khapra, NYU Arts Administration student and grant writer for More Art, will moderate the conversation.

Find out more about the One Percent for Culture campaign at

The Campaigning for Culture series provides an opportunity for arts and culture administrators and practitioners to directly engage arts advocates in New York City, address current challenges in the field, and connect with opportunities for engagement with legislators on a local, state, and federal level.

Presented by Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE), Steinhardt’s student advocacy group. ACE creates awareness of arts and cultural issues at the local, state and national levels. Co-sponsored by NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions and Graduate Student Organization.

ACE Announces First Campaigning for Culture Seminar Featuring Virginia P. LouLoudes, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

New York, NY (September 30, 2011)— As part of the Campaigning for Culture seminar series, Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE) will host a dynamic discussion with a leading advocate for the nonprofit theatre community, Virginia Louloudes, on Friday, November 11th at 6:30pm in Einstein Auditorium at New York University.

Ms. Louloudes, Executive Director of A.R.T./New York since 1991, has lead the organization in support of its 300 member theatres through challenging times, addressed issues in the field, and championed members to have a collective voice in the city. Through innovative solutions, A.R.T./New York has provided affordable office and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and the nation’s only revolving loan fund for real estate. Louloudes and the A.R.T./New York staff collect and analyze financial data on A.R.T./New York member theatres’ income, expenditures, and audience, enabling them to respond to the ever-changing environment. In the wake of September 11, 2001, A.R.T./New York developed a seminal study on the economic impact of the attacks on the city’s nonprofit theatres, creating a foundation for support and funding for struggling organizations.

“Virginia P. Louloudes has given not only of her time and energies but also of her competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently has been designated for special honor.”  – NY Senate Open Legislation

The purpose of the Campaigning for Culture series is to provide an opportunity for arts and culture administrators and practitioners to directly engage arts advocates in New York City, address current challenges in the field, and connect with opportunities for engagement with legislators on a local, state, and federal level. The seminars foster an open forum for exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning advocacy for the arts with experts in the field.

CAMPAIGNING FOR CULTURE with Virginia P. Louloudes

DATE: Friday, November 11th

TIME: 6:30–7:30pm, Reception to follow

PLACE: NYU/Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, NY  10003

Free and open to the public (RSVP required)


2011-2012 Agenda

We are excited to announce our planned activities for the coming year!

ACE will be a resource for arts advocacy issues and promote cross-program interaction within NYU by:

• Hosting Campaigning for Culture, a seminar series for arts advocacy and culture career development, led by arts advocacy experts.

Our fall event will feature Virginia P. Louloudes, Executive Director of The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, a service and advocacy organization for the non-profit theatre community.

• Organizing Culture Studies Networking Happy Hour, a series of informal networking events for students interested in learning more about engaging in advocacy opportunities, issues in the field, and career opportunities.

• Producing a series of conversations between NYU Visual Arts Administration students and MFA students to discuss current advocacy-related concerns and issues. Conversations will be recorded, edited and printed as a small newsprint publication, distributed at the end of spring semester, 2012. Performing Arts Administration students will encourage collaboration across the Department Of Music and Performing Arts through their own special initiatives.

• Organizing student participation at annual arts action summits in Washington, DC and Albany, NY.

• Hosting a colloquium that will feature policy experts and advocates who will discuss prevalent issues facing the arts community, providing students with the opportunity to engage with mentors in the field.

ACE is a registered Steinhardt student group and is a collaboration between Visual Arts and Performing Arts Administration students.

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Friends of the Arts:

President Obama is looking at a 13% cut to the NEA.  It’s scary out there for the arts.  Find out how to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill at ACE’s next meeting!

Join us this Friday, March 4, at 5:30 pm

The Payne Room, Pless Hall, 4th Floor

82 Washington Square East

Find out about ACE’s second annual trip to Washington for Arts Advocacy Day and the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium.  We’ll be providing information on scheduling, costs, what to expect at Arts Advocacy Day (including an arts policy talk by Kevin Spacey!) and how you can get Steinhardt to help pay for your trip (if you’re a Steinhardt student).

As always, snacks will be provided!

This information and more is available at, or e-mail us at

ACE at Arts Advocacy Day 2010

Next Friday: ACE hosts a Panel on Stimulating and Sustaining Creativity in NYC

How can crisis be turned into an opportunity for the arts?

Event Date: Friday, February 25, 2011

Event Time: 6-7 pm panel, 7-8 pm reception

Event Location: The Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street

New York University Steinhardt’s arts advocacy group, Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE), in partnership with the NYU Steinhardt Visual Arts Administration program, presents Making Space for the Arts: Reflections on the Center for an Urban Future’s 2010 report Time to Be Creative.

For decades, New York City has been the center of artistic activity in America and the world, and the city has been defined and immeasurably enriched by its vibrant cultural sector. Today, this distinction is threatened as a dearth of low-cost real estate and part-time jobs sends artists packing for more affordable and supportive environments.  At a PEN American Center event last spring, quintessential New York artist Patti Smith said, “New York has closed itself off to the young and struggling… New York City has been taken away from you.”

The recent release of the Center for an Urban Future’s report Time to Be Creative provides the backdrop for this panel on promoting creativity in the urban environment. Time to Be Creative author Jonathan Bowles argues that the sharp downturn in New York City’s real estate market presents a unique opportunity for the creative sector to reignite and diversify the city’s economy. Bowles contends that creativity and design are “arguably the city’s greatest competitive advantage.”

The report’s 17 recommendations for taking advantage of the downturn will provide the starting point for a discussion on the present situation faced by the city’s artists, arts groups and creative entrepreneurs. The panelists will provide historical context, personal experiences, and suggestions for what can be done to maintain the relevance and health of the city’s arts sector in the future.


Jonathan Bowles – Director, the Center for an Urban Future; Author, Time to Be Creative

Paul Nagle – Executive Director, the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability at Demos

Naomi Hersson-Ringskog – Executive Director, No Longer Empty


Madeleine LeMieux – Graduate student, NYU Steinhardt Visual Arts Administration program; Founding member and president of Advocates for Cultural Engagement; Development and Communications Assistant at Groundswell Community Mural Project

About the presenter: The mission of Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE) is to create awareness of arts and cultural issues at the local, state and national levels. To achieve this goal, ACE encourages action within the NYU community, collaborates with other student groups and appeals to government representatives.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event or to get involved, email ACE at, or follow ACE on Facebook at