National Arts Advocacy Day 2017 is March 21st and the deadline for Early-Bird Registration is January 31st!
By now, we’re sure you have heard the news stories about the potential loss of the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtPride is preparing for a long, strategic fight. A large part of that strategy depends on strong relationships between New Jersey’s representatives in Congress and their constituents who understand the enormous benefits provided by NEA funding. And that means WE NEED YOU!
Monday March 20 is a day full of workshops, networking, breakout sessions, and strategic planning, culminating with the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at The Kennedy Center, given this year by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.
Tuesday March 21 is a day full of Congressional visits on Capitol Hill, beginning with a kick-off rally. Brief visits with each congressional office will be scheduled throughout the day, from 10:00am to about 3:00pm. Our goal is for constituents from each district to share how important the arts are back home in New Jersey. ArtPride and AFTA will provide talking points to share with your congressional representatives and staffers. You will not have to visit all NJ districts, but accompany other members of the delegation in small teams for 2-3 visits in addition to the meeting with both NJ Senators. Each team will have at least one experienced advocate who has previously participated, so you will not be all alone!
ArtPride NJ will handle scheduling and prep work so all you need to do is get yourself to Washington DC this March.
Please be sure to complete this super quick form after you’ve registered with Americans for the Arts so ArtPride has all of the right information to plan congressional visits.
Throughout the next month, we will continue to share information about this wonderful opportunity and some of the issues the arts community will address, as well as meeting tips and smart arts advocacy strategies. Please share this information with your friends and colleagues who may be interested in joining the NJ delegation.
To register or find the most up-to-date information, please visit Americans for the Arts.
We hope you will be a part of Arts Advocacy Day 2017!
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