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Arts Advocacy Day

NAEA Co-Sponsors National Arts Advocacy Day, March 24 and 25, 2014
Briefing Papers Issued Regarding NEA Funding, USDOE Arts in Education Grant Program, and ESEA Reauthorization

As a national co-sponsor, NAEA is actively participating in National Arts Advocacy Day events in Washington, DC. NAEA Legislative Liaison Kathi R. Levin is co-presenting the Arts in Education Funding and ESEA Reauthorization trainings at the briefing sessions on Monday, March 24 and will represent NAEA at the Congressional Arts Kick-off on Tuesday, March 25. She is also attending the Nancy Hanks Lecture presented this year by acclaimed New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Monday evening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the invitational White House Briefing for Co-sponsors on Tuesday, March 25.
 
About Arts Advocacy Day
Entering its 27th consecutive year, Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with thousands of grassroots advocates from across the country. Organized by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by more than 85 national organizations (including NAEA), Arts Advocacy Day has been instrumental in advancing key legislative initiatives, including increased funding for the federal cultural agencies and enlightened tax, international, and education policies.
 
Arts Advocacy Day kicks off on Monday with a day of legislative training sessions for hundreds of grassroots arts advocates from across the country.  Advocates learn about the current arts issues circulating on Capitol Hill and how to become effective advocates for increased support for the arts. On Tuesday, the day begins with the Congressional Arts Kick Off Event in the Cannon Caucus Room. This event will feature brief remarks by Members of Congress and acclaimed guests. The Kick Off is designed to rally advocates immediately before they begin their lobbying visits with their Members of Congress across Capitol Hill.
 
Briefing Papers
The co-sponsoring organizations work together over the months prior to Arts Advocacy Day to prepare issues briefs on the various topics that advocates will discuss in their Congressional visits. Most pertinent to the arts education community are the issues briefs on the Arts in Education Program of the US Department of Education and the Reauthorization of ESEA. All advocates attending Arts Advocacy Day monitor federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts.  The three issues briefs related to these topics are provided, along with the unified statement on arts education referenced in the ESEA Reauthorization brief, the Leave Behind piece for Congressional Visits, and NAEA’s co-sponsor letter included in the print version of the Congressional Arts Handbook. The online version of the Congressional Arts Handbook, which contains all of the issues briefs on a wide variety of topics, can be found on the Americans for the Arts website.

Downloads
Arts Education Unified Statement
NAEA Arts Advocacy Day Letter 2014
Summary of Legislative Requests
Funding the Arts In Education Program at the U.S. Department Of Education: Improving Access to Arts Education for All Students
Strengthening Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Helping Children Achieve in School, Work, and Life
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Promoting Creativity and Public Access to the Arts

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