National Arts Advocacy Day 2015 is less than one month away and we need YOU to join the New Jersey delegation as we travel to Washington DC this March! Our mission is especially critical for NJ organizations that receive either direct or indirect funding through the National Endowment for the Arts.
President Obama has proposed a $2 million increase in federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts but we’ll still need to garner Congressional support. There are also several other important cultural policy issues to discuss with US Congress regarding education and tax legislation.
ArtPride NJ, in its position as State Captain, will schedule all Capitol Hill appointments. Please complete this form to let us know that you have officially registered with Americans for the Arts, so we are sure to have every district covered.
Monday March 23 is a day full of workshops, break-out sessions and preparations for how to advocate, culminating with The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at The Kennedy Center. This year’s featured speaker will be the groundbreaking television producer, author, and social activist, Norman Lear.
Tuesday March 24 is a day full of Congressional visits on Capitol Hill, beginning with a kick-off breakfast. The visits usually run from 10:00am to about 3:00pm. Visits will be scheduled in each congressional office, and you will be provided with talking points to share with your congressional representatives and staffers. Our goal is to have constituents from each district share how important the arts are back home in New Jersey. You will not be expected to visit all NJ districts, but accompany other members of the delegation in small groups for 2-3 visits in addition to the meeting with both NJ Senators.
Throughout the next month, check in with Facebook, Twitter and ArtPrideNJ.com as we’ll be sharing much more information about the issues affecting the arts community. Please invite your friends and colleagues who may be interested in joining us.
Please contact Stephanie Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.