2016 Congressional Arts Handbook

Read the issue briefs to learn about the latest arts issues in Congress, check out your legislators voting records, and find the research to make your case.

Every Student Succeeds Act "Dear Colleague" Letter

  • The Dear Colleague Letter is led by Reps. Bonamici, Curbelo, Clark, Stefanik

Congressional Committee Lists

Check these lists of key committees to see if your legislators play an important role in arts policy issues.

Find Your State Captain

  • Review this list to find the State Captain for your state who will be setting up the schedule of congressional appointments for March 8 and leading your state's delegation.

If no captain is listed to attend Arts Advocacy Day this year, please contact Ellie Shingleton (202.371.2830 x2071 or eshingleton@artsusa.org) for information on setting up your own congressional appointments.

2015 National Endowment for the Arts Grants

The following 2015 National Endowment for the Arts grant lists (pdf) have been prepared in state and U.S. congressional district order. Please print out a copy of your state's report to bring to your hill visit on Arts Advocacy Day.

Alabama Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Alaska Iowa Nevada South Dakota
 Arizona Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee
Arkansas Kentucky New Jersey Texas
California Louisana New Mexico Utah
Colorado Maine New York Vermont
Connecticut Maryland North Carolina Virginia
Delaware Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii Mississippi Oregon Wyoming
Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania District of Columbia
Illinois Montana Rhode Island  

First time attending Arts Advocacy Day?

New to visiting Capitol Hill?  We've put together some short videos to help you with the basics of the legislative process and meeting with your members of Congress.

Welcome and Introduction
Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Key Terms to Understanding the Legislative Process
Gladstone Payton

Advocacy Basics
Jay Dick
Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts

Capitol Hill Visits and Logistics
Narric Rome
Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

For more information about this program or any Americans for the Arts programs and services, please contact us by e-mail or call us at 202.371.2830