Registration for Arts Advocacy Day 2018 will open on December 5, 2017. The 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day took place on March 20-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. For last year's event highlights and advocacy resources, check out the Arts Advocacy Day 2017 wrap up page.  

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 20, 2017, hundreds of arts advocates from across the country convened for interactive advocacy training and peer-to-peer learning and networking. That evening, attendees attended the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Then, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after the Congressional Arts Kick Off, advocates met with their Members of Congress and Senators to share their stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts have in their communities. 

Why should I attend Arts Advocacy Day?

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.


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