What is the National Arts Action Summit?


The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event giving grassroots advocates crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice during Arts Advocacy Week in meetings with elected officials. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in collaboration with dozens of national, state, and local organizational Partners, the National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Week is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. 

Grassroots advocates across the country will convene digitally April 5-9, 2021, to learn the latest in arts policy through issue-specific briefings, advocacy trainings, and networking opportunities. Over these five days, you’ll gain a depth of knowledge from policy experts at Americans for the Arts and many of our Partners. You’ll also be able to watch a recording of these webinars whenever you like to refresh your understanding of the issues. Session topics will include: arts and culture agency funding, arts education, tax policy, COVID-19 relief and recovery, the creative economy, and many more!

Arts Advocacy Week is when advocates meet with their federal elected officials to garner support for pro-arts issues. Led by State Captains, advocates will meet with their own U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to share compelling stories and data about the impact and transformative power that the arts have in their communities.

Why should I attend the National Arts Action Summit?
  • Learn the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help make your case.
  • Strategize with experienced advocates on how to make the case for the arts and arts education.
  • Connect with your members of Congress and build a relationship that will lead to better representation for the arts at the federal level.
  • Network with fellow arts advocates from across the country and get connected with your State Captain to learn about advocacy opportunities year-round.