2017 Advisory Council Nominations are now closed!

About the Councils

Americans for the Arts has four Network Leadership Councils—the Arts Education Council, the Emerging Leaders Council, the Private Sector Council, and the Public Art Network Council.

Four Americans for the Arts Advisory Councils—the Arts Education Council, Emerging Leaders Council, Private Sector Council, and Public Art Network Council—are currently seeking nominations for new advisory council members to serve three year terms from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.

Network Council Nomination and Elections Timeline

September 18, 2017

Call for Nominations Open

October 10, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST

Nominations close

October 20, 2017

All Nominees notified

October 31, 2017

Voting Opens

November 13, 2017

Voting closes

November 27, 2017

All Candidates notified

December 15, 2017

Americans for the Arts announces new council members

January 1, 2018

New council members begin their terms

Week of January 22, 2018

Mandatory in-person council meeting: Washington, DC

March 12-13, 2018

Optional: Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

June 15-17, 2018

Mandatory in-person council meeting at Annual Convention in Denver, CO


Council Member Responsibilities

To help advance Americans for the Arts’ mission and goals, network elected advisory councils were established to advise staff on programs and services that will build essential capacities, spark necessary conversations, and forge deeper connections in the arts field. Advisory Council members are national leaders who give back to the field by creating a two-way connection between the national work of Americans for the Arts and the work of local arts organizations. The four standing advisory councils at Americans for the Arts are the Arts Education Council, Emerging Leaders Council, Public Art Network Council, and Private Sector Council.

Advisory Council Guidelines

  • One 3-year term, renewable up to one time.
  • Applicants must be professional members of Americans for the Arts, as either individual or as a staff member receiving benefits from a member organization, and must remain members in good standing throughout the course of their tenure.

    • To retrieve your ID number or join, please log into your account or;
    • If you are unsure about your member status, please contact Membership at membership@artsusa.org or 202.371.2830.
  • Maintain their membership throughout the course of their tenure on the advisory council.
  • Advisory council members are responsible for arranging their travel and accommodations at their own expense for both mandatory in-person meetings. Last year, travel expenses for both in-person meetings for each council member were estimated at $3,000.

Council Meetings

  • Advisory councils meet on a regular basis, through monthly or semi-monthly conference calls, as well as two mandatory in-person meetings. An Americans for the Arts staff liaison must be present on all calls and be present at all in-person meetings.

    • Please note that the Private Sector Council meets quarterly rather than monthly, including two in-person meetings & phone meetings.
  • Council members are responsible for arranging their airfare and accommodations at their own expense during both mandatory in-person meetings. Last year, travel expenses for both in-person meetings for each council member were estimated at $3,000.

    • The winter council meeting is held sometime in January or February, after the new council members’ term begins. The location is determined by each council and each person is responsible for their travel and lodging costs.
    • The June in-person council meeting is held usually the day before the opening of the Annual Convention. Council members are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs, including the cost of registration to the Annual Convention.

Council Programs

Advisory Councils have several opportunities to offer Americans for the Arts leadership, support, and advice. They include:

It is strongly encouraged that nominees consult their organizations about holding an advisory council position, as it involves committing time and money in the form of conference calls, volunteer national projects, and mandatory attendance at events and in-person meetings.

To learn more about the expectations for advisory council members and council operating procedures, please see respective websites:

Nominating Procedure

To nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the advisory councils, please submit the following materials by October 10, 2017.  Submitting instructions are located in the Nomination Form.

  • Nomination Form
  • One-page letter of interest indicating why you want to be on the council
  • 1 page resume for individual nominees (any additional pages will be deleted)
  • Headshot (75 DPI maximum quality)
  • 250 word bio for individual nominees (text beyond 250 words will be deleted)

If nominees are advanced to the ballot, the letter of interest, headshot, and bio will be displayed in the online ballot for member-wide voting.

If you have any questions, please contact membership@artsusa.org and type Council Elections in the subject line of your email.

Americans for the Arts Statement on Cultural Equity

To support a full creative life for all, Americans for the Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation.

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Click here to learn more about Americans for the Arts Cultural Equity Statement.


Election Process

Nominees are selected based on the current representational needs of the Council, which includes fulfillment of the Americans for the Arts Statement on Cultural Equity as well as relevant field representation.


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Please upload the following attachments to complete this form. To be considered, this form must be completed by Tuesday, October 10th, 2017:

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To support a full creative life for all, we at Americans for the Arts are committed to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation. As part of that commitment—and understanding that basic demographics are neither the beginning nor the end of any conversation about equity—we believe it is crucial to gather demographic information about ourselves and those we serve. Please complete this short demographic questionnaire.

All demographic questions are optional, and this information will not be publicly shared. Your responses are deeply appreciated. While optional, if you are nominating another person, only answer the demographic questions you know to be true about the nominee.

I understand if my nomination is selected for ballot, all of the above documents, except for the demographics survey, may be posted online for Americans for the Arts members to review. If elected onto the council, I also understand and commit to the responsibilities of being an Americans for the Arts council member.