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Voting will open October 29th. The nomination process is closed.

See the full Network Council Nomination and Elections Timeline below.

When considering a nomination for an Advisory Council, ensure that the nominee has reviewed and agrees to all  of the below information.

About the Councils

Americans for the Arts has four standing Advisory Councils—the Arts Education Advisory Council, the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council, the Private Sector Advisory Council, and the Public Art Network Advisory Council. Each Advisory Council is currently seeking nominations for new members to serve three year terms from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021.

Advisory Council Member Roles

Advisory Council Members are to advise Americans for the Arts staff on programming and services, as defined by Americans for the Arts staff, in order to build a deeper connection to Americans for the Arts membership and the arts and culture field as a whole. Specific roles may vary depending on the focus and needs of the topic area for which the Advisory Council is responsive too. Examples of how an Advisory Council Member may offer Americans for the Arts leadership, support, and advice are:

Contact the Advisory Council staff liaison to learn more about specific Advisory Council roles. See links above to the individual Advisory Council pages for staff liaison contact information.

Expectations of Advisory Council Members

Being an Americans for the Arts Advisory Council member is an opportunity to be seen as a national leader and a way to give back to AFTA members and the field. As part of a nationally respected organization, Advisory Council members are expected to adhere to all policies and fulfill their roles as outlined by Americans for the Arts. Specifically, council members will:

  • Demonstrate integrity, professionalism, courtesy, and a spirit of cooperation while engaging in all Americans for the Arts’ programs and meetings, including engagement with the public, other council members and Americans for the Arts staff;
  • Be responsive to requests from Americans for the Arts’ staff, Americans for the Arts’ members, and the general public; 
  • Attend regular or ad-hoc meetings, including two in-person meetings at their own (or their organization’s) expense;
  • Attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and any associated preconference or activities at their own (or their organization’s) expense;
  • Be willing to listen to and fully consider other opinions or points of view;
  • Be able to work effectively on a geographically dispersed team;
  • Accept direction from appropriate level of leadership, whether volunteer or staff;
  • Adhere to ethical behavior, including Americans for the Arts’ Statement on Cultural Equity and Harassment Policies;
  • Abstain from promoting personal agendas; proprietary methodologies; or other self-serving, political, or commercial purposes;
  • Maintain confidentiality (when appropriate) on the work and work products of the Advisory Council; and
  • Ensure the requisite level of knowledge and expertise to participate on the Council and special projects as assigned.

Advisory Council Member Criteria

  • Advisory Council members must maintain their membership, either as individuals or as employees of a member organization, throughout the tenure of their membership.
  • In order to adequately represent the constituents of Americans for the Arts, Advisory Council members must be working in the relevant associated field of the Network at the time of their election and must stay in this field throughout their tenure. If an Advisory Council member changes their position during their term on the Advisory Council, they may be asked to resign at that time, at the end the term, or the end of the calendar year. 
  • The Advisory Council strives to reflect the diverse composition of the Americans for the Arts membership. The Advisory Council aims to develop a cross-section of members representing a diverse range of age, gender, ethnicity, geographical area, and level of experience in the field.
  • Advisory Council members should both advance the Advisory Council’s representation of the relevant field and meet the current needs of the Advisory Council.
  • In addition to the criteria above, Advisory Council members much adhere to the duties specified by Americans for the Arts.

    • Advisory Council members must agree to take on the financial responsibility of their own participation, which may total up to approximately $3,000 annually. 
  • Failure to fulfill the abovementioned obligations or any other expectations as outlined by Americans for the Arts may be grounds for removal.

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 on 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 or contact the respective Advisory Council staff liaison:

Nomination and Election Process

Nominees are selected based on the current representational needs of each Advisory Council, which includes fulfillment of the Americans for the Arts Statement on Cultural Equity as well as relevant field representation. Nominees are reviewed by the Advisory Council for which they are applying for. The Advisory Council will select a ballot based on the number of spots needed to be field on the Advisory Council multiplied by 1.5 (For example, if there are two spots opened on an Advisory Council than three nominees will be selected for the ballot.) The ballot is then voted on by Americans for the Arts’ membership. The voting results are reviewed and approved by the Advisory Council and the results lead to the election of the newly appointed or reappointed member(s).

Network Council Nomination and Elections Timeline

September 17, 2018

Call for Nominations Open

October 5, 2018 @ 11:59 PM EST

Nominations close

October 22, 2018

All Nominees notified

October 29, 2018

Voting Opens

November 16, 2018

Voting closes

November 27, 2018

All Candidates notified

December 14, 2018

Americans for the Arts announces new Advisory Council members

January 1, 2019

New Advisory Council Members begin their terms

January/February 2019

Mandatory in-person Advisory council meetings: Various Locations (Contact the respective staff liaison for the dates and locations of a specific Advisory Council)

March 4-5, 2019

Optional: Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

June 12-16, 2019

Mandatory in-person council meeting at Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nominating Procedure

To nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the advisory councils, please submit the following materials by October 05, 2018.  Submitting instructions are located in the Nomination Form. Nominees must be a member of Americans for the Arts. To retrieve your ID number or join, please log into your account . If you are unsure about your member status, please contact Membership at or 202.371.2830.

  • 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 about the Nomination Procedure or Form, please contact