Advocate Training Day: March 12, 2018

Nearly 650 advocates from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico met for a full day of briefings and trainings on the latest legislative developments, facts and figures, and resources to make their case for the arts. 

During the lunch program, advocates had a special viewing of the documentary, A Monument to Maggie: Richmond's Journey Through Public Art to Honor a Civil Rights Hero.  You can view the video below.  


Be sure to check out the 2018 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Art and Public Policy, held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the evening of March 12, 2018.


Congressional Arts Kick-Off: March 13, 2018

The Congressional Arts Kick-Off marks the official start of the Arts Advocacy Day events on Capitol Hill. At this event, the Congressional Arts Leadership Award was presented to Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ). The award, which recognizes distinguished service on behalf of the arts, is part of a series of Public Leadership in the Arts Awards given annually by Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors.  After the Congressional Arts Kick-Off, advocates met with their Senators and Members of Congress to discuss federal legislation issues, share their arts stories, and build relationships.  Our advocates had over 300 face-to-face meetings with Congressional leaders and staff.  Be sure to watch the speeches below made by our distinguished guests at the Congressional Arts Kick Off.

Jane Chu

Jane Chu, Chairman of the
National Endowment for the Arts


Steny Hoyer

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)


Tom Udall

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)


Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)


Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)


Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)


View all the speeches from Arts Advocacy Day on the Americans for the Arts YouTube channel.



For a list of speaker's slides, the Congressional Arts Handbook, and additional resources from Arts Advocacay Day, check out our 2018 Tools & Resources Page.


See our photos from Arts Advocacy Day 2017 on Flickr! 

2018 Arts Advocacy Day



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