The 2018 schedule will be available soon, but please check out the 2017 schedule below for general reference. 


MONDAY, March 20, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration will be located in the Blue Prefunction Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Arts Advocacy Day Newcomer's Orientation Including Congressional Meeting Role Play
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Legislative and Political Update for Novice Advocates
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Legislative and Political Update for Advanced Advocates
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Briefing on the National Endowment for the Arts, Tax Policy, and Arts in Education Programs for Novice Advocates
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Briefing on the National Endowment for the Arts, Tax Policy, and Arts in Education Programs for Advanced Advocates
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Facts and Figures to Make Your Case
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Buffet Lunch and Speaking Program
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Panels on Policy Issues
1:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Choose one of the following:

  • Arts Education Advocacy Messaging and Visibility
  • The CREATE Act
  • Arts & Health and Arts & the Military
  • Arts & Technology

1:35 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Choose one of the following:

  • Charitable Giving and Arts & Infrastructure
  • State Trends in Arts Education Policy
  • Cultural Exchanges and National Service
  • Office of Museum Services and the Artist-Museum Partnership Act
  • Visa Process for Foreign Guest Artists
Refreshment Break
2:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Choose one of the following:
  • Views from Organizational Leaders: Helping Students Find Their Advocacy Voice
  • Views from Student Leaders: Finding Your Advocacy Voice
  • Views from a Legislative Leader: A Town Hall with Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg

State Delegation Planning Time
3:25 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund Reception and Fundraiser
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Remarks by Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert Lynch, and Arts Action Fund Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli.
  • Minimum contribution of $50 to the Arts Action Fund is required.
  • Stop by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund Resource Table during the day to sign-up in advance and avoid long lines at the event.
  • Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided.

The 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Concert Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Free. You must bring the tickets provided in your registration packets.
  • Presented by Americans for the Arts featuring a lecture by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation with special introduction by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City. 
  • Special performance by Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, and teacher.
  • Buses will depart from the Omni Shoreham Hotel to the Kennedy Center prior to the lecture.
  • Buses will depart from the Kennedy Center back to the Omni Shoreham Hotel following the lecture.

Happy Hour with the Emerging Arts Leaders of DC

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Bayou, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Join Emerging Arts Leaders DC for a cash reception at Bayou. Emerging leaders and advocates from across the country are encouraged to join the DC network for this happy hour event.


TUESDAY, March 21, 2017

Congressional Arts Kick Off
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building -- Capitol Hill

  • Registrants will need to use taxi cab (approx. $20 -$30) or Metrorail transportation (approx. $7 round trip) to Union Station Metro stop (red line) or to Capitol South Metro stop (orange, blue, and silver lines).
  • Featuring remarks by Chairman Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts and several Senators and Members of Congress.
  • The 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award will be presented to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Lobbying Visits
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • State & District Captains lead team visits to Congressional Offices for their pre-scheduled appointments.
  • Individual visits to Congressional Offices (pre-scheduled appointments)

*Please contact Lauren Cohen at for more information.