Arts Advocacy at the National Level

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AEP State Policy Symposium

The Arts Education Partnership, with generous support from Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium on March 10 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. This annual event convenes leaders from across the arts and education sectors for a day-long discussion exploring key policy topics impacting the arts in education.


The Every Student Succeeds Act promotes intentional state policy that supports using meaningful data to take student outcomes to the next level. Learn from national and regional experts how arts in education policymakers and stakeholders can use data to improve access and outcomes.

Arts Advocacy Day

March 12-13, 2018 in Washington, DC

Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

So, what is Arts Advocacy Day?

Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit is your opportunity to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Monday, March 12, 2018, hundreds of arts advocates from across the country convened for interactive advocacy training and peer-to-peer learning and networking. That evening, attendees attended the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Then, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, after the Congressional Arts Kick Off, advocates met with their Members of Congress and Senators to share their stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts have in their communities.

Why should I attend Arts Advocacy Day?

At Arts Advocacy Day, you get three things you can’t get anywhere else.

  1. Networking with your fellow arts advocates from across the country and go on congressional visits led by State Captains.
  2. Learning the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help make your case.
  3. Strategizing with experienced advocates during an interactive role play session on how to make the case for the arts and arts education to your members of Congress.