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The Fundamentals of Arts Advocacy

Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, led a session entitled "The Fundamentals of Arts Advocacy: Harnessing Your Power" at the 2012 conference in D.C.Click here to view a .pdf of the powerpoint from that session.

Being an Advocate

Alliance for Artists' Communities Blueprint for Action (.pdf file, 1.1 MB)
The "Blueprint for Action" is a document designed to encourage opinion-leaders and decision-makers to "restore creativity as a priority in American public policy, philanthropy and education." Use this document to help craft your own blueprint for action.

The Cultural Bill of Rights (.pdf file, 707 KB)
Bill Iven, then chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, put forward this Cultural Bill of Rights outlining the need to capture a greater role for cultural activity and heritage in the United States.

Advocacy Connections

The Kennedy Center and the NEA collaborate on this site which provides links to help artists, teachers, and students connect and share information.

Arts Education Partnership
The website from the Arts Education Partnership provides a state policy database and resources for state and national advocacy.

Advocating with Your Government

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund - Arts Action Center
Americans for the Arts has provided an easy to use tool for contacting your state and federal legislaors. Click the link above to access the tool.

The National Endowment for the Arts
The official site for the NEA includes budget information, action plans for the Endowment, and information for those seeking or in receipt of Endowment grants.

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
An advocacy tool kit from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, which represents State Arts Agencies on the federal level.

A philanthropy site which offers information for individuals looking to donate or apply for funds. It includes a site that lists and describes various government grants available to individuals or producing organizations.

The Federal Money Retriever
This site is a mechanism for searching for available government funds for all manner of activities. A few of these are arts related, and include brief descriptions of the kinds of grants available and who is eligible.

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