November 16, 2011

National Arts Advocacy Day, Washington D.C.

Oklahomans for the Arts will sponsor Arts and Culture Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 30. Please mark your calendars and make plans now to have a booth. More information will be forthcoming after the first of the year. 

The following is information about national Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. Oklahomans for the Arts hopes to attend!

As Congress focuses on creating jobs and reducing the federal deficit, the arts are being threatened. It is imperative that arts advocates come together through events like Arts Advocacy Day to help educate members of Congress about the role the arts play in spurring economic growth and job creation. Register now for Arts Advocacy Day 2012, April 16-17 in Washington, DC.

The 25th annual Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

LEARN new ways to make the best case for the arts to decision-makers.
NETWORK with other attendees from your state and across the country.
BE HEARD by your members of Congress when you visit them to make the case for the arts and arts education.

Acclaimed actor and arts advocate Alec Baldwin will deliver the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Receive two free tickets to the lecture with your Arts Advocacy Day registration.

Learn more at AFTA's Arts Advocacy Day website.


MONDAY April 16, 2012
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Arts Advocacy Day Registration
Location: Blue Prefunction Room
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Blue Prefunction Room
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Lobbying 101: The ABCs of Meeting with Legislators
Blue Room
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Lobbying 201: Advanced Federal Arts Policy Training
Blue Room
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Registrants Meet with State and District Captains over Lunch on Site (boxed lunch tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than Monday, March 30)
Location: Blue Room
12:45 p.m.–1:40 p.m. Facts and Figures to Make Your Case
Blue Room
1:40 p.m.–2:55 p.m. Part I:
Briefing on the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts in Education Programs, National Service* and Nonprofit Tax Issues

Location: Blue Room
2:55 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Role Play Demonstration
Blue Room
3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
Blue Prefunction Room
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Part II: 
Concurrent Breakout Panels on Policy Issues
Location: TBD

4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Americans for the Arts Action Fund Reception and FundraiserLocation: TBD
  • Stop by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund Resource Table during the day to sign-up in advance and avoid long lines at the event.
  • Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided.
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. The 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy featuring Alec BaldwinLocation: The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Concert Hall

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Nancy Hanks Lecture is free, however a ticket is required.
  • Tickets requested in advance will be in your Arts Advocacy Day registration packet.
  • Transportation will depart from the Parkview Entrance of the Omni Shoreham to the Kennedy Center from 5:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Transportation will depart from the Kennedy Center back to the Omni Shoreham from 7:40 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • The Will-Call Desk will be located in front of the Concert Hall

TUESDAY, April 17, 2012
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Congressional Arts Kick Off Event

7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. - Registration and check-in
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. - Congressional Arts Kick Off program
  1. Americans for the Arts does not provide transportation to this event
  2. Metrorail or taxi cab transportation is encouraged and specific details about the Congressional Arts Kick Off and other important logistical information can be found in the Logistics Guide provided to registrants before they arrive. 
  3. Please bring photo identification. 
10:00 a.m. Hill Visits Begin