Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts. In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.
Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs.
Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels, and a partnership with the Turnaround Arts program at the President’s Committee for the Arts & the Humanities.
Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999. Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. Since 2008 he has served as the president of the Vermont State Society.
Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
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Recent Blog Posts
- One Year Later: Well-Rounded Education Boosted in Implementation of the K-12 Education Law
- “Waiving” Goodbye to No Child Left Behind
- What the Midterm Elections Mean for the Arts: Summary of 2014 Election
- U.S. House Votes Impacting Arts Education
- The Return of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization
- Congressional Appropriators Consider Cutting NEA in Half
- The Congressional Meat Grinder Cranks to Life
- The Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision & The Arts
- Federal Departments Announce New Tourism Strategy
- Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America
- President Obama's Budget Request for the NEA: The Fine Print
- UPDATE: U.S. Senate Proposal Provides Direction for Future of Arts Education
- U.S. Senate Proposal Provides Direction for Future of Arts Education
- Uniting the Arts & Career and Technical Education
- The Trickle-Down Effect of Federal Arts Education Policy
- Full U.S. House Considering Amendment to Further Cut NEA
- New on the Federal Grant Scene: Promise Neighborhoods and i3 Federal Grants
- The Federal FY11 Appropriations Battle & The Arts
- NCLB & the Obama Administration
- U.S. Dept. of Education Holds Ground-breaking "Stakeholders" Meeting on Arts Education Policy