Monday, April 23, 2012

press releaseContact:
Catherine Brandt

Washington, D.C. — Americans for the Arts Acton Fund, a membership organization that seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts, today announced its ArtsVote2012 briefing event to take place in Los Angeles on April 24.  This event is presented in partnership with Arts For LA, The Music Center, and Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Who: Stephen Rountree, president of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, and Gaynor Strachan Chun, senior vice president, marketing, Ovation, will provide opening remarks. Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts Action Fund will deliver a keynote address followed by a panel discussion about federal, state, and local arts advocacy efforts moderated by Danielle Brazell, executive director of ArtsForLA. The panel will feature:  Olga Garay English, executive director, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; Bettina Korek, founder of For Your Art and Los Angeles County Arts Commissioner; Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, chair, California Arts Council; Mark Slavkin, vice president for education, The Music Center.

What:  This event provides California voters who support the arts, arts education and the creative economy a unique opportunity to learn how they can infuse the arts into the 2012 elections.

When:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012
             4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Where: Eva & Marc Stern Grand Hall
             Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
             The Music Center 
             135 North Grand Ave.
             Los Angeles, CA 90012

ArtsVote is a national initiative geared toward ensuring the arts impact federal elections and towards raising the public dialogue about the arts and arts education in an effort to secure bold new policy proposals in support of the arts and arts education in America from candidates during the 2012 campaign cycle. Its goal is to educate, train, and mobilize likely arts voters to help influence candidates to take strong positions for the arts. ArtsVote is coordinated by The Arts Action Fund, a nonprofit membership organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts.

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund is the only national voice for the arts that influences both the legislative and electoral landscapes.