Arts Advocacy & Networks:

2010 Arts Advocacy Day Congressional Arts Handbook
Facts & figures, issue briefs, and voting records to back up your advocacy work.

Alliance for the Arts
Serves the cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars.

American Association of Museums (AAM)
The American Association of Museums’ mission is to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service.  See also Aviso, the AAM publication.

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. To achieve its goals, Americans for the Arts partners with local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders throughout the country.

Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY)

Committed to joining the resources and reducing the distinction between arts and business. It serves both the arts and the business communities of New York, with programming in volunteerism, professional development, leadership development, and economic impact.

Arts Management Network
A worldwide information service and network for the special field of arts management and cultural administration. The network is the oldest and most popular resource for arts management in the German-speaking countries, and is becoming increasingly popular around the world.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
A membership organization, dedicated to bringing performing artists and audiences together in every place and way imaginable. The Association achieves its goal by providing visionary thinking, professional development, resource sharing, and advocacy, in support of its members and all those who create and disseminate the performing arts.

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI)
Promotes, supports and protects nonprofit advocacy and lobbying. Website offers tips, support and resources on nonprofit lobbying.

Creative Clusters
Examines the growth of the cultural industries and their role in economic development and regeneration. They provide a network and events for people engaged in the development of the creative industries.

Creative Coalition
Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization comprised of members of the arts and entertainment community dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of social and political issues, specifically in the areas of the First Amendment, arts advocacy and public education.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is committed to making Greater Philadelphia one of the foremost creative regions in the world.

The Independent Sector
Committed to strengthening, empowering, and partnering with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their work on behalf of the public good. Its membership of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs collectively represents tens of thousands of charitable groups serving every cause in every region of the country, as well as millions of donors and volunteers.

Innovations in State Cultural Policy
A project designed to help cultural leaders and decision makers strengthen their state’s cultural activity. Through illustrative studies, guides and covenings, the project aims to spark collaborations, state-level coalitions that span the arts, humanities, folklife and historic preservation, that can then work with state policy makers to increase the audiences and funding for culture.

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

The IFACCA is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture.  IFACCA aims to benefit artists, arts organisations and communities worldwide.  Their vision is a dynamic network, sharing knowledge and creating understanding to enrich a world of artistic and cultural diversity.

Museum Learning Collaborative (MCL)
MLC is funded by a consortium of public agencies under the direction of the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has been established as a nationwide project to further theoretically driven research on learning in museums.

Museums of Lower Manhattan

The Museums of Lower Manhattan is a collective of 15 neighboring museums and historic sites located south of Houston Street in lower Manhattan.


Museums10 is a consortium forged to celebrate the collections and promote the programs of its affiliated museums to local, regional, and national visitors. This dynamic collaboration heightens awareness of the distinctive offerings of the individual institutions while highlighting the cultural diversity and outstanding educational resource that they collectively represent.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
As the membership organization of the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies works to advance the arts in local communities and empower state art agencies through strategic assistance programs aimed to foster leadership and increase resources.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is an independent public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

New York City Arts Coalition
Works to promote a broader awareness of the role of the arts in the life of the city. Encourages leaders and elected officials to protect the creative freedom of the arts community and to support adequate appropriations for the arts in the city, state and federal budgets.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
DCLA is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City’s vibrant cultural life. Among their primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.
Also see: Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)

The 33 members of this group are each located on City-owned property, and receive significant capital and operating support from the City to help meet basic security, maintenance, administration and energy costs. In return for this support, these institutions operate as publicly-owned facilities whose mandate is to provide cultural services accessible to all New Yorkers.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
NYFA functions as a creative development corporation, helping the arts to flourish in New York State as well as nationally. Their services include NYFA Source, a database of grants, services and publications available to artists; and NYFA Current (formerly Arts Wire), a weekly news service for the arts community.

RAND Corporation
A nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND is building a research capability in the arts to provide useful data and analysis to policymakers, arts practitioners, and the academic community.
Also see: Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and published by RAND.

Urban Institute
A nonprofit policy research organization established in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to sharpen thinking about society’s problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens’ awareness about important public choices. The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy is one of the Institute’s nine centers. It sponsors and hosts the National Center for Charitable Statistics and the Unified Database of Arts Organizations.

U.S. Department of State: Report of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy

Government Watchdog Groups:
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)
“America’s #1 taxpayer watchdog” offers a Federal earmark searchable database.

OMB Watch

A nonprofit government watchdog group that offers a searchable database for federal grants and contracts.

Public Diplomacy

The website for developments on U.S. public diplomacy.

Think Tanks:
The Center for an Urban Future

A New York City-based think tank that fuses journalistic reporting techniques with traditional policy analysis to produce in-depth reports and workable policy solutions on the critical issues facing our cities.

Also see:

Creative New York
The 2005 report produced by The Center for an Urban Future in partnership with Mt. Auburn Assosciates about the role of arts and culture in New York’s economy.

Time to be Creative

The 2010 report produced by The Center for an Urban Future argues that the sharp downturn in New York City’s real estate market presents a unique opportunity to address the serious space needs of the city’s artists, arts groups and creative entrepreneurs. It includes 17 recommendations for taking advantage of the downturn to strengthen New York’s creative sector.

Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA)
CPANDA, is the world’s first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. A collaborative effort of Princeton University’s Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, CPANDA is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

This “Think Tank for Everyday Democracy, works with cultural organisations to help them to articulate and evaluate the contribution they make to society. They help to create a framework to improve the way that politicians, professionals and the public engage with each other.”


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