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Monday, Apr 5 at 12:00 am EDT
2021 Legislative and Political Update | Mainstage Session

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About This Session

The opening session of 2021 National Arts Action Summit will welcome attendees to the series of Summit webinars and provide a key federal, legislative, and political updates -- Introducing the key players on arts policy on Capitol Hill and how to best make the urgent case for support of the arts and culture sector. Presenters will also review the 2021 Congressional Arts Handbook and explain how to use it for advocacy efforts this year.

Speakers 

Nolen Bivens, Americans for the Arts
David Reid, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Narric Rome, Americans for the Arts
Peter Gordon, Americans for the Arts
Lauren Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Annette Bening, Actress

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Monday, Apr 5 at 12:00 am EDT
The Latest in Tax Policy for Artists, Organizations, and Philanthropy | Briefing Session

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Exploring tax policy for artists, organizations, and philanthropy in the 117th Congress. The discussion in this advocacy briefing session will include how the universal charitable deduction, Legacy IRA Act, Artist-Museum Partnership Act, Performing Artists Tax Deduction, and other potential policies address tax inequities impacting the cultural sector.

This session is sponsored by Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).

Speakers 

Peter Gordon, Americans for the Arts
Sally Schaeffer, Uncorked Advocates
David Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits
Brian Flahaven, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Sandra Karas, Actors' Equity Association
Kim Schoenstadt, Kim Schoenstadt Studio/Now Be Here Art
Maureen Bray, Art Dealers Association of American (ADAA)

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Monday, Apr 5 at 12:00 am EDT
Protecting the Arts in Higher Education | Briefing Session

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In this session, advocates will learn how specific legislative changes will strengthen access and affordability of higher education in the arts. Our main advocacy ask is to urge Congress to strengthen access to higher education in the arts and ensure financial aid options, especially for students from historically and intentionally marginalized communities.

This session is sponsored by Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).

Speakers 

Deborah Obalil, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICAD)
Emmanual Guillory, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICAD)
Samuel Hoi, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Lee Ann Scotto Adams, Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)

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Monday, Apr 5 at 5:00 pm EDT
National Arts Action Summit Networking Kick Off

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About This Networking Event

Join this kick-off event for some stimulating arts engagement while you network with arts advocates from across the country. We’ll feature interest-themed breakout rooms for you to mix and mingle with your fellow advocates, as well as an artist sketching live caricature portraits!

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This event is a part of the 2021 National Arts Action Summit
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Tuesday, Apr 6 at 12:00 am EDT
Strengthening the National Endowment for the Arts | Briefing Session

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Reviewing the grantmaking and initiatives of the NEA, we will examine the bipartisan support for the agency, and learn about the consensus policy asks to strengthen this key federal agency. Session discussion will include perspectives on the NEA’s focus on access, its reach into every congressional district and providing resources to communities in need, including high-poverty neighborhoods and historically underserved populations such as people with disabilities and veterans.


This session is sponsored by the Actors' Equity Association.

Speakers 

Margaret Keough, Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA)
Michael Faison, Idaho Commission on the Arts
Andy Vick, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), U.S. House of Representatives

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Tuesday, Apr 6 at 12:00 am EDT
Expanding Arts and Technology | Briefing Session

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Attendees will learn the nuances of how the arts and tech policy intersect and how to effectively urge Congress to support key policy areas: music licensing, Net Neutrality and wireless microphones. Congress plays a key role in music licensing, and how platforms compensate—or don’t compensate—music makers. Net Neutrality would help ensure equity and access to customers and culture. The FCC needs to protect wireless microphones and other devices used by performing arts entities that provide valuable public service.

Speakers 

Michael Lewan, The Recording Academy
Kevin Erickson, Future of Music Coalition
Mitch Glazier, RIAA


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Tuesday, Apr 6 at 5:00 pm EDT
State Delegation Planning Time

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About This Networking Event 

Meet your State Captain and other advocates from your state to plan your strategies for Congressional meetings during Arts Advocacy Week (April 12-16). Not sure who your State Captain is? No problem! Click here and find your state to learn more.

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We want to ensure your experience of the State Delegation Planning Time is perfect!   Make sure to go to Zoom.us to update (or download for the first time) Zoom on your PC prior to starting this session.


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This event is a part of the 2021 National Arts Action Summit
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Wednesday, Apr 7 at 12:00 am EDT
COVID-19 Relief and Recovery | Mainstage Session

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Take a deep dive into the COVID-19 relief packages passed by Congress and with special focus on increased access for all in the arts and culture sector. We will review how organizations, artists, and small businesses in the creative economy are accessing resources and pursuing additional relief legislation that Congress is considering.

Speakers 

Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Americans for the Arts
Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Actors Fund and Black Theatre United
GP McLeer, South Carolina Arts Alliance
Carson Elrod, Be An #ArtsHero
Michael Wasser, Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO
Erik Takeshita, Takeshita Group
Rep. Debbie Dingell,  U.S. House of Representatives

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Wednesday, Apr 7 at 12:00 am EDT
Advancing Arts and Health Policy | Briefing Session

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During this session, advocates will gain an understanding about funding for creative and expressive arts therapies research, as well as the increase of access to arts-based programming for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, telehealth access, mental health services, and strengthening Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions for artists and other creative occupations. During our discussion, we will also review creative and expressive arts therapies and arts-based programming provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers 

Judy Simpson, American Music Therapy Association
Randy Oostra, ProMedica
Marete Wester, Americans for the Arts
Joe Benincasa, The Actors Fund

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Wednesday, Apr 7 at 12:00 am EDT
Supporting Our Military and Veterans Through the Arts | Briefing Session

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Advocates will dive deeper into the potential expansion of the use of creative arts therapies (CATs), increased funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense for CATs, expressive arts therapy, and arts-based programming. This session will provide talking points to encourage lawmakers to support legislation that improves access to evidence-based complementary and integrative treatments and telehealth.

Speakers 

Judy Simpson, American Music Therapy Association
Marete Wester, Americans for the Arts
Bryan Doerries, Theater of War Productions

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Wednesday, Apr 7 at 5:00 pm EDT
Business Leaders Networking Social Hour

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Join us for this networking event to meet pro-arts business leaders. Learn why they think the arts are vital to thriving communities, ask for their advice in how you can connect with your local business leaders, and get to know your fellow advocates.

Speakers 

Ken Ferguson, NBC Oklahoma
Edgar Smith, World Pac Paper, LLC
Barbara Wight, Taylor Guitars

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Speaker(s)

Ken Fergeson, Chairman

Edgar Smith, CEO

Barbara Wight, CFO

Thursday, Apr 8 at 12:00 am EDT
National Alignment for Equity in Government Programs | Mainstage Session

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In this Mainstage Session, panelists will review the major equity proposal from the Biden Administration; national diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the arts sector; and how recovery can address inequities revealed and magnified by the pandemic. Advocates will gain a deeper understanding about how DEI policies and pro-arts legislation work hand-in-hand.

Speakers 

Ruby Lopez Harper, Americans for the Arts
Paige Sharp, Indiana Arts Commission
Tariana Navas-Nieves, Denver Arts & Venues (City & County of Denver)
Catherine Lhamon, White House Domestic Policy Council Deputy Director for Racial Justice & Equity
Rick Wade, US Chamber of Commerce

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Thursday, Apr 8 at 12:00 am EDT
Legislating the Creative Economy + Disaster Relief Policy | Briefing Session

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This advocacy briefing session will focus on two aspects of creative economy policy: first, on advancing the for-profit and nonprofit creative economy through federal legislation with a special focus on intentionally underserved communities. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to cosponsor the CREATE and PLACE Acts; and proposals such as the Putting Creative Workers to Work to rebuild, reimagine, unify, and heal communities in every state and territory, as well as within tribal lands through a comprehensive national recovery strategy. The second policy aspect will review policy asks to support creative workers in disaster relief and recovery and to integrate the arts in our national emergency management system.

Speakers 

Frank Cullen, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Craig Nutt, CERF+/The Artists Safety Net
Narric Rome, Americans for the Arts
David Holland, WESTAF
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), U.S. House of Representatives
Amy Schwartzman, Independent Consultant/NCAPER Member
Carolyn Ryan, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Jonathon Glus, City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture

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Thursday, Apr 8 at 12:00 am EDT
Strengthening Arts and Juvenile Justice | Briefing Session

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About This Session

This advocacy briefing session focuses on urging Congress to appropriate $61.5 million for Title V Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Initiative Grants at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and include report language instructing OJJDP to include the arts as an eligible component of its prevention, diversion, reentry, and residential juvenile justice grant programs. This session will discuss youth engagement, historically and intentionally marginalized communities, and juvenile justice reform policies.

Speakers 

Chris Fisher, Carnegie Hall 
Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Arts Workers United/Be An #ArtsHero
Krystal Johnson, Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), U.S. House of Representatives
A. Hasan Davis, Hasan Davis Solutions


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Friday, Apr 9 at 12:00 am EDT
Facts & Figures to Make the Case for the Arts | Mainstage Session

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Each year, our advocacy is strengthened by high quality research - Join Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Research, Randy Cohen to learn the latest data from throughout the sector to make your case with decisionmakers on the arts, the creative economy, pandemic repercussions, arts education, and more. 

Speakers 

Carla Dirlikov Canales, The Canales Project
Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts

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Speaker(s)

Carla Dirlikov Canales, Classical Singer/Entrepreneur

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research

Friday, Apr 9 at 12:00 am EDT
Arts Education for Every Child: K-12 Education Policy | Briefing Session

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This advocacy briefing session focuses on K-12 education policy to help children achieve success in school, work, and life. Our main advocacy ask is to urge Congress to strengthen equitable access to arts education through the Well-Rounded Education provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a special focus on the federal Title I program for disadvantaged students.

Speakers 

Narric Rome, Americans for the Arts
Dr. James H. Rolling, Jr., National Art Education Association
Alexis Truitt, American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), U.S. House of Representatives
Monique M. Chism Ph.D, American Institutes for Research
Ellice Patterson, BalletRox & Abilities Dance 

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Friday, Apr 9 at 12:00 am EDT
Supporting Cultural Exchange and Visas for International Artists | Briefing Session

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This advocacy briefing session focuses on urging Congress to support the Office of Citizen Exchanges within the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and to reintroduce and enact the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision. This discussion will center on the importance of international artists and culture and the value of the arts to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between the U.S. and other countries.

Speakers 

Cristina Pato, Artist/Writer/Educator
Camille Zamora, Sing for Hope
Todd Dupler, The Recording Academy
Lester Lynch, Operatic Baritone

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