Arts Advocacy Day 2016 took place on March 7-8. Check out the wrap up page for event highlights and advocacy resources. Stay tuned for the dates of Arts Advocacy Day 2017!

So, what is Arts Advocacy Day?

Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit is your opportunity to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Monday, March 7, 2016, hundreds of arts advocates from across the country convened for interactive advocacy training and peer-to-peer learning and networking. That evening, attendees were inspired by our Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center.

Then, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, after the Congressional Arts Kick Off, advocates met with their congressional representatives to share their stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts have in their communities. 

Why should I attend Arts Advocacy Day next year?

At Arts Advocacy Day, you get three things you can’t get anywhere else.

  1. Networking with your fellow arts advocates from across the country and go on congressional visits led by State Captains.
  2. Learning the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help make your case.
  3. Strategizing with experienced advocates during an interactive role play session on how to make the case for the arts and arts education to your members of Congress.

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Americans for the Arts thanks the Reva & David Logan Foundation for its generous support of Arts Advocacy Day.