Advocacy efforts continue on the state and local level. March 25th is National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. The Arts Action Fund and Americans for the Arts have organized talking points, and visits to Capitol Hill to focus on three points: Encouraging President Obama and Congress to support a $155 million budget for the National Endowment for the Arts, to retain the arts in the definition of core academic subjects and to strengthen equitable access to arts education within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and to fully preserve tax deductions for giving to charities. Even if you can’t be there in person, be sure to reach out to your legislators. Comments from constituents really do carry weight!
Equally important, the National Humanities Alliance Advocacy Day was held today. There is still time to learn what you can do to support funding for the National Endowment for the Humanitiesand other critical action. The Alliance advances national humanities policy in the areas of research, education, preservation and public programs.
Have you been thinking about a profession in an arts and culture organization? GBCA is working with David Mitchell on the pilot of the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP)and our first opportunity to experience the intensive training comes over the next two weekends.
UALP aims to diversify and strengthen cultural organizations by connecting emerging and aspiring arts administrators to resources and professional training that will help position them as leaders. The program is open to all participants with a particular focus on serving emerging leaders of color. Join us on March 14-15th or March 21-22nd for the program’s first intensives. Topics, including Interviewing, Group Dynamics, Team Building, Work Place Etiquette and Community Engagement will be led by facilitators Doreen Bolger, Kristina Berdan, and Kibibi Ajanku. Participation is free, but space is limited. You can find more information and register here.
All the best,