Monday, March 24, 2014

National Arts Advocacy Day - Americans for the Arts - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Arts Action Alert - Take Action Now!
Dear Arts Advocate:

Today and tomorrow, hundreds of dedicated arts supporters- from 45 states- will come together in Washington, DC for the 27th annual National Arts Advocacy Day, the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. These arts advocates represent a united effort to tell Capitol Hill how important the arts are to our communities, how much arts education means to our children, and how the arts improve our daily lives. Over 85 national cosponsoring organizations have helped us shape this united arts message to Congress. We wanted to let you know about a number of ways you can participate even if you aren't able to attend the Hill Day in person.
Maureen Dowd
First, tonight, starting a 6:30pm (EDT), Americans for the Arts, with support from Google, will be live streaming the 27th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy via our YouTube channel. The lecture features acclaimed New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd with an introduction by Emmy Award®-winning actor Alec Baldwin.

Tomorrow, March 25, Arts Advocacy Day begins with a Kickoff event at the U.S. House of Representatives. We are very pleased that Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert Lynch will be joined by national leaders in the arts, including Alec Baldwin and singer-songwriter and pianist Blessing Offor. You can live tweet using #AAD14 or join in the discussion on the Arts Advocacy Day Facebook page.
You can also still participate in Arts Advocacy Day by asking your members of Congress to support the arts. Visit our E-Advocacy Center, and you'll be able to send a message in less than two minutes directly to your Representative and Senators telling them why the arts are important to you and your community. Take two minutes and send your message to Congress today!
  • Creative Industry ReportsNeed more information? Browse the 2014 Congressional Arts Handbook for issue briefs, voting records, latest arts research and trends, relevant congressional committees, and contact lists. Take a look at the brand new Creative Industry reports, a statistical and mapping study of arts businesses (both nonprofit & for-profit) that help us understand the scope and importance of the arts. Creative Industry reports are available for all 50 states, 3,144 counties, and 7,400 state legislative districts. 11,000 reports in all! Each report includes a color map and statistical report, and is current as of January 2014. 
  • OnTwitter? Follow @Americans4Arts and track all the action in Washington, DC at #AAD14 and #ArtsVote!
Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today-it's free and easy to join.  

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