2022 National Arts Action Summit

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Please Note: All sessions from the 2022 National Arts Action Summit were recorded and available for replay within weeks of the summit conclusion. 

ABOUT 2022 NATIONAL ARTS ACTION SUMMIT REGISTRATION:

In order to best provide open registration to all, it is imperative that we know who is attending so that we can best prepare the policy and advocacy sessions, coordinate with Federal Arts Advocacy Captains, and ensure that a diversity of arts disciplines, organization types, and arts leaders are participants. 

Registration for the National Arts Action Summit includes two parts with instructions provided below: 


BEFORE YOU REGISTER: 

You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register. Click here to verify if you have an account. If you do not have an account, please create one on the main Americans for the Arts website.




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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/30/2022

    A session to explore the data and narrative needed for advocating for closing equity gaps in federal, state and local support for the arts and creative workforce.

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    About This Session

    A session to explore the data and narrative needed for advocating for closing equity gaps in federal, state and local support for the arts and creative workforce.

    Speakers:

    Ruby Lopez Harper, Narric Rome, Griselda Suarez

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    Ruby Lopez Harper

    Vice President, Equity and Local Arts Engagement

    Americans for the Arts

    Mexican, Mother, Wife, Dancer, Photographer, Poet and Social Justice Warrior.

    Ruby is the Vice President, Equity and Local Arts Engagement for Americans for the Arts. Her portfolio includes external equity strategies and field education, leadership development, local arts advancement, and cohort building for the local arts agency field, arts and culture administrators, and arts marketers. She is the chief architect of the National Arts Marketing Project Conference. She was selected as a 2019 Arizona State University Practices for Change Fellow. She was recognized as an 2019 Inspirational Woman (Arts Advocate) by “And I Thought” Women in Literature. She is a steering committee member for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Chair of the Gard Foundation, serves on the board for 212 Creative, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (Grants Committee/Advocacy Committee) and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council.

    Ruby’s work has focused on equitable access, grantmaking, supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, marketing and public art. She draws on a varied background that includes corporate affairs, community relations, volunteerism, employee engagement, marketing and communications, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts, was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio and recently served as a mentor with Arts Administrators of Color DMV. She is a 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellow, Class of 2017 American Express Leadership Academy Alum and Class of 2010 Next Generation of Leaders Fellowship program.

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

    Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.

    Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.

    Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.

    Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

    Griselda Suarez

    Executive Director

    Arts Council for Long Beach

    Griselda Suarez was born in unincorporated East Los Angeles and grew up in a place where her thoughts did not easily find voice; instead, she found a pen and paper. She believes that the arts are essential in empowering others to express their thoughts. Throughout her career, she has created programming and training dedicated to facilitating transformation and creating agency for her communities. In 2016, she became the Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach and currently serves as an advisor for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors’ Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative council, representing the fourth supervisorial district. She has taught at Cal State Long Beach for the Chicano and Latino Studies department since 2006. Griselda was awarded “40 under 40” by the LB Post for her leadership in the arts and her resiliency in battling cancer. She Suarez is dedicated to Long Beach and loves contributing to the city because she strongly believes in the impact arts has on residents’ lives. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Aunt Lute Press, Seal Press, NCOC Press, Acentos Literary Review, Finishing Line Press and Sinister Wisdom Journal. Her artistic career has involved being an apprentice with world renowned muralist Paul Botello, producing an event for the National Queer Arts Festival featuring New York Times Bestseller Dorothy Allison, and being a Lambda Literary Fellow for two years. She graduated from Pitzer of Claremont Colleges with a BA in Studio Art and Latin American Literature. She also holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She and her wife, Amy Eriksen of Angels Gate Cultural Center, run arts nonprofits. During the height of the pandemic, they had assistance from their three cats, AKA nap consultants.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    The effective arts advocate needs a quiver full of case-making arrows to make their case to decision-makers. Join Americans for the Arts’ VP of Research, Randy Cohen, to learn the latest data about the creative economy, pandemic repercussions, personal and community well-being, arts education, and more.

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    About This Session

    The effective arts advocate needs a quiver full of case-making arrows to make their case to decision-makers. Join Americans for the Arts’ VP of Research, Randy Cohen, to learn the latest data about the creative economy, pandemic repercussions, personal and community well-being, arts education, and more.

    Speakers:

    Randy Cohen

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    Randy Cohen

    Vice President of Research

    Americans for the Arts

    Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts—the national advocacy organization for the arts—where he has been empowering arts advocates since 1991. Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, and using the arts to address community development issues. He publishes Americans Speak Out About the Arts, the nation’s largest public opinion study about the arts, and produces the two premier economic studies of the arts—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national economic impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, a mapping study of the nation’s 675,000 arts businesses and their employees. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts blog received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. Randy led the development of The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the U.S. and the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture—launched in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought-after speaker, Randy has given speeches in all 50 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

    Randy has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences, and worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters. Randy is a past Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and led the development of a million-dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/30/2022

    The second of two briefings on the new creative economy legislation pending before Congress, and what is needed to build support for these bills.

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    About This Session

    The second of two briefings on the new creative economy legislation pending before Congress, and what is needed to build support for these bills.

    Speakers:

    Rafael Espinal, Althea Erickson, Clay Lord, Craig Nutt, Adeline DeYoung 

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    Adeline DeYoung

    Legislative Assistant

    Office of Congresswoman Leger Fernandez

    Adeline DeYoung is a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez. She covers arts and culture for the Congresswoman in addition to education, labor, small business, and a host of other issue areas. Adeline has a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University and bachelor degrees in Political Science as well as Sustainability from San Diego State University. Adeline grew up in Corrales, New Mexico and currently lives in Washington, DC.

    Rafael Espinal

    Executive Director

    Freelancers Union

    Rafael Espinal is the Executive Director of Freelancers Union. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Rafael Espinal became New York’s youngest elected official when he joined the State Assembly at age 26. The son of Dominican immigrants who were union members as well as freelancers, Rafael quickly became a leader fighting on behalf of workers, small businesses, artists, low-income communities, and the environment. In 2013, he was elected to the New York City Council, representing Brooklyn’s diverse 37th District.  Rafael has been a steadfast advocate for freelancer rights throughout his career. On the City Council, he was an early supporter and a co-sponsor of the first-of-its-kind Freelance Isn’t Free legislation that passed in New York City in 2016, giving freelancers unprecedented protection from nonpayment and late payment. He co-sponsored a bill passed in 2019 to extend protections against harassment and discrimination to independent workers under the City’s Human Rights Law.


    Instagram and Twitter: @rlespinal

    Althea Erickson

    Director, Rustle Lab

    Center for Cultural Innovation

    Althea Erickson is a long-time advocate for independent workers and the creative economy. She currently serves as Director of Rustle Lab, within the Center for Cultural Innovation. Rustle Lab is a new advocacy and policy initiative dedicated to expanding social and economic protections for artists and arts workers. Previously, Althea served as Vice President, Global Public Policy and Impact at Etsy, the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Althea led Etsy's efforts to advance public policies that make it easier for Etsy sellers to start and grow their creative businesses. She was responsible for developing and advancing Etsy’s position on COVID relief, portable benefits and economic security for the self-employed, tax and regulatory simplification, net neutrality, and technology policy, among others. Althea also guided the execution of Etsy’s broader impact strategy, including delivering on its economic, social, and environmental impact commitments and its internal and external accountability strategy.

    Prior to joining Etsy, Althea was the advocacy and policy director at Freelancers Union where she stewarded the development of its 501(c4) into a powerful political force, established a member-led PAC and endorsement process, led a successful campaign to repeal unfair tax laws, promoted legislation to protect freelancers from unpaid wages, and supported the development and expansion of member-owned health insurance. Previously, Althea worked at the Rockefeller Foundation where she focused on strategies to build economic security within the US workforce. She has also worked as a community and campaign organizer for various advocacy organizations, including Community Voices Heard, Rainforest Action Network, and NetAid. She has a B.A in government and public policy from Wesleyan University.

    Twitter: @altheaerickson

    Clayton Lord

    Vice President of Strategic Impact

    Americans for the Arts

    Clayton Lord is a senior social impact executive with 20 years experience, predominantly within the creative sector. He is currently the Vice President of Strategic Impact at Americans for the Arts, the country’s leading research, advocacy, and policy organization for arts, culture, and the creative economy.

    In that role, he leads a team that works closely with other staff and members of the creative field to connect the dots between the various components of work done at Americans for the Arts, particularly those related to the public value and funding of the arts in the United States. He nurtures complex initiatives that progress the core mission and goals of the organization and drive systemic change. Currently, that includes initiatives focused on the social impact of the arts, the equitable treatment of creative workers, and the identification of long-term trends that will impact American communities and the cultural sector. He has also, since 2013, served as the manager and chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, a 1,000+ person annual professional development conference. An expert in complex coalition development as well as large-scale strategic planning and realignment efforts, he co-leads the Get Creative Workers Working coalition, a collective of 2,300 creative workers and businesses pushing for more arts-inclusive public policy.  

    Prior, Lord was the Vice President of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts for seven years. In that role, he oversaw all professional development for 7,500 members, as well as program and service delivery to hundreds of thousands of arts workers and advocates across the country. He also conducted the New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year, multi-city qualitative and quantitative research effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and LAAs in American communities.

    He has also held senior leadership positions at Theatre Bay Area and the Z Space Studio in San Francisco, and has served on the board or advisory groups for Z Space Studio, Forum Theatre, Project Audience, and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations. He has taught or guest lectured at Georgetown University, San Francisco State University, American University, George Mason University, and Brooklyn College.

    Lord is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the transformation of American communities, including shifts and changes in labor, public and private value, innovation and technology, and community priorities. He has authored or co-authored significant research reports as well as co-authoring and/or editing three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the Arts; Arts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992. 

    He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway people in Maryland.

    Craig Nutt

    Advisor on Policy and Government Relations

    CERF+ - The Artists Safety Net

    Craig Nutt is a studio furniture maker and sculptor whose work is in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. He was a founding board member of The Furniture Society and served as Interim Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. In April of 2015 he completed a ten-year stint as Director of Programs for CERF+: The Artists Safety Net a national artists’ service organization based in Vermont. He currently serves as the CERF+ Advisor on Policy and Government Relations. In that capacity he has been active in advocating for the needs of individual artists and microbusinesses in the pandemic and other disasters, for greater involvement of artists and arts organizations in disaster recovery, and for strengthening the safety net for all workers, including the self-employed.

    In 2018 he received the Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society and a Lifetime Honorary Membership from Tennessee Craft, both in recognition of his work and contributions to the arts field. Nutt currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Artists Committee of Americans for the Arts. He lives and works in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

    https://cerfplus.org/  

    https://www.facebook.com/CERFp... 

    https://www.craignutt.com/

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/30/2022

    The first of two briefings on the new creative economy legislation pending before Congress, and what is needed to build support for these bills.

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    About This Session

    The first of two briefings on the new creative economy legislation pending before Congress, and what is needed to build support for these bills.

    Speakers:

    Jen Cole, David Holland, Matt Mullin, Narric Rome

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    Jennifer Cole

    Dean, Pacific Northwest College of Art

    Willamette University

    Jennifer Gilligan Cole (Jen) is the Jordan Schnitzer Dean of Pacific Northwest College of Art @ Willamette University (Portland, Oregon). Jen works with students, faculty, staff and community to imagine the role of artists and designers in a thriving cultural ecosystem in Oregon. Prior to her appointment she was Executive Director of Programs & Public Affairs at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and founding director of The National Collaborative for Creative Work-- a network of creators, policy thinkers, movement makers and change agents that work together to weave projects, partnerships and policy solutions that enable healthy, equitable creative work in America. Cole served nearly a decade as Nashville’s chief cultural officer working with the mayor, elected officials, artists, cultural organizations, public agencies and community leaders and activists to explore how arts and cultural participation were central to community prosperity and health. Her efforts in creative placemaking, innovative investments, public policy and cultural justice/equity were national models of practice.  She has been a member of Americans for the Arts, chaired the US Urban Arts Federation, national policy co-chair for Get Creatives Working Coalition, as well served in a variety of advisory capacities with national arts and policy groups including: Creative Youth Development Network, ArtPlace America, Creative Capital, Grantmakers in the Arts, Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has more than 25+ years of experience working in transformational community development, youth development, and cultural leadership in both nonprofit and government settings. Cole is passionate about arts for all and intersectional work that centers community power and justice and lifts up the role of artists and their labor in the United States. She holds a B.A. with honors, in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. 


    Photo Credit: Deanna Dent

    David Holland

    Deputy Director

    WESTAF

    David Holland is the Deputy Director at WESTAF, where he serves as the primary liaison with state and local arts agencies, regional arts organizations, arts advocacy groups, and other partners and drives the impact of WESTAF’s leadership and professional development programming, grantmaking, and technical assistance and consulting services across teams. Since joining WESTAF, he has co-directed the inaugural Creative Vitality™ Summit; authored the Creative Economies and Economic Recovery report in partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; co-led the redesign of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Performing Arts Discovery program in collaboration with regional and national partners; established the Western Arts Advocacy Network (WAAN); collaborated on developing new equity-focused relief and resilience grantmaking programs in the West and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; spearheaded WESTAF’s Arts and the Rural West and Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminars; and secured private and public investment for WESTAF’s programs. David was previously the associate director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston. Prior roles include senior management positions with the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation, VCU School of the Arts, ART 180, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Arts & Business, and the UK innovation foundation Nesta. David's early career included roles with BOP Consulting, a global consulting firm on culture and the creative industries, where he was a senior consultant leading projects for government departments, public agencies, universities, and international organizations, and the UK’s National Campaign for the Arts, where he was campaigns officer. For more than 11 years, he has served as an independent management consultant working primarily with clients in the arts and culture field both nationally and internationally. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts,  Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s Arts in Society Program, the Boston Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Virginians for the Arts and as a site reviewer for Massachusetts Cultural Council. He serves as a Co-Chair of the Creative States Coalition and on the Cultural Advocacy Group. Holland has also served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. His writings have been published by Arts Council England, the British Council, the Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning, and others. He is a Salzburg Global Fellow, Evan Carroll Commager Fellow, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and asian studies from Amherst College and master’s degrees in international studies and diplomacy and the history of art from the University of London, SOAS.

    Matthew Mullin

    Vice President, Policy, Programs & Communications

    International Economic Development Council

    Matthew Mullin leads the Policy, Programs and Communications department at IEDC. He is responsible for IEDC’s policy and advocacy work, engaging Congress and the administration on all matters related to economic development. His efforts on behalf of IEDC’s 5,000 members have led to significant legislative advancements, including billions of dollars in appropriations supporting economic development. He has similarly worked closely with administrations from both political parties, further elevating the profile of the practice of economic development and the professional economic developer in Washington, DC. Matt also leads IEDC communications and programming departments, working with a team of professionals to provide cutting-edge programming and timely, creative communications. Prior to joining IEDC, Matt worked with the National Foreign Trade Council, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and completed an internship with the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Matt is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduate of Ohio Northern University.

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

    Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.

    Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.

    Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.

    Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

    Ray Yang

    Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Special Initiatives

    National Art Education Association

    Ray Yang (They/Them) is an artist, educator, and advocate for the arts and social justice. With a BA from Brown University and an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, during the last two decades Ray has spent time in a range of arts education fields. Ray has been a classroom art teacher and dean at an independent school in Seattle, designed assessments and curriculum for art educators at Seattle Public Schools, led summer arts programming for youth and family workshops at the Seattle Art Museum, taught graduate courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, worked as an arts administrator within the Department of Arts Education at Chicago Public Schools, and led outreach and teacher professional development programs at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL.


    They have facilitated Diversity and Equity workshops for their school and community, led affinity groups, trained with the National SEED project and led faculty and staff seminars on Diversity and Equity, and also served on the NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Task Force. Their current work is guided by the recommendations of NAEA’s ED&I Commission and encompasses professional development, teacher leadership and mentorship, resource management, and networking. They also oversee NAEA’s Advocacy and Policy work around arts education and serve as the co-chair of the Arts Education Partnerships (AEP) Equity Working Group.

     
    Ray sees the arts as not just an opportunity to express creativity, but also a way to build and strengthen essential cognitive skills and understandings of the world for all learners. The arts are a means for communication, advocacy, and processing of challenging topics and emotions and can create entry points for discussions of equity and social justice as well as provide a powerful activist voice for marginalized and oppressed groups.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    A briefing session on congressional fundings asks relating to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Museum Services (IMLS) and Education.

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    About This Session

    A briefing session on congressional fundings asks relating to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Museum Services (IMLS) and Education.

    Speakers:

    Laurie Baskin, Janet Starke, Ray Yang

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    Laurie Baskin

    Director of Advocacy

    Theatre Communications Group

    Laurie Baskin, director of advocacy, TCG, (she/her/hers): joined Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in 1997 and is director of Advocacy. Ms. Baskin is TCG’s liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance. She directs advocacy efforts at the federal level on behalf of the professional, not-for-profit American theatre field. She regularly provides advocacy updates for TCG’s website, Action Alerts to the field, and provides witnesses and testimony for legislative hearings. Ms. Baskin created the Blue Star Theatres program, which connects theatres and military families. She has overseen TCG’s research, including the Fiscal, Salary & Education Surveys. She has administered TCG’s Education Programs, including teleconferences & Special Report series. Her endeavors in theatre education over the last twenty years include conceiving and spearheading an assessment project, Building a National TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models. Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman and Special Projects Director of the NYS Council on the Arts, working for then-Chairman, Kitty Carlisle Hart. She attended Mount Holyoke College, earned her B.A. from Colgate University, and a degree in arts administration from Adelphi University.

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

    Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.

    Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.

    Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.

    Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

    Janet Starke

    Executive Director

    Virginia Commission for the Arts

    Janet Starke serves as Executive Director for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, appointed by (then) Governor Ralph S. Northam in 2018. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Starke was the Executive Director for Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, a performing arts organization that oversees two performing arts venues in Richmond, VA, and supports nearly a dozen resident presenting and producing companies. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Janet was the organization’s founding Director of Education. For nearly 20 years, she administered education programs at performing arts centers, public television, and other arts organizations in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Nashville. She was previously elected to Americans for the Arts’ Education Advisory Council, serving for five years, including as Chair of the Council. Over the years, Janet has served as a grants panelist for the Montalvo Artist Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, US Department of Education and Virginia Commission for the Arts. A native of Richmond, VA, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University and University of Cincinnati, respectively.

    Twitter: @VirginiaArts, BoldRed2013

    Ray Yang

    Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Special Initiatives

    National Art Education Association

    Ray Yang (They/Them) is an artist, educator, and advocate for the arts and social justice. With a BA from Brown University and an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, during the last two decades Ray has spent time in a range of arts education fields. Ray has been a classroom art teacher and dean at an independent school in Seattle, designed assessments and curriculum for art educators at Seattle Public Schools, led summer arts programming for youth and family workshops at the Seattle Art Museum, taught graduate courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, worked as an arts administrator within the Department of Arts Education at Chicago Public Schools, and led outreach and teacher professional development programs at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL.


    They have facilitated Diversity and Equity workshops for their school and community, led affinity groups, trained with the National SEED project and led faculty and staff seminars on Diversity and Equity, and also served on the NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Task Force. Their current work is guided by the recommendations of NAEA’s ED&I Commission and encompasses professional development, teacher leadership and mentorship, resource management, and networking. They also oversee NAEA’s Advocacy and Policy work around arts education and serve as the co-chair of the Arts Education Partnerships (AEP) Equity Working Group.

     
    Ray sees the arts as not just an opportunity to express creativity, but also a way to build and strengthen essential cognitive skills and understandings of the world for all learners. The arts are a means for communication, advocacy, and processing of challenging topics and emotions and can create entry points for discussions of equity and social justice as well as provide a powerful activist voice for marginalized and oppressed groups.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Based on six new Federal Funding Resource Guides, this session will explore how to find grant funds from non-traditional sources. This session will include a special look at congressional earmarks.

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    About This Session

    Based on six new Federal Funding Resource Guides, this session will explore how to find grant funds from non-traditional sources. This session will include a special look at congressional earmarks.

    Speakers:

    Rena Cohen, Alice Loy, Narric Rome, Lorén Spears

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    Rena Cohen

    Federal Research Fellow

    Americans for the Arts

    Rena Cohen is a senior at Harvard University studying statistics. Following a summer interning for the Government Affairs team at Americans for the Arts in 2020, she returned in summer 2021 as a Federal Research Fellow through Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Program.  In this role, she conducted research and wrote the 2021 edition of the Federal Resource Guides, which help arts organizations access federal funding from non-traditional sources. Inspired by the incredible work of the arts organizations she profiled for this project, Rena hopes to work in public programming or operations at a nonprofit arts organization after graduating this spring. In her free time, Rena loves singing with the Harvard University Choir, playing violin in pit orchestras, and trying out new baking recipes on her friends.




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    Alice Loy

    Co-founder & CEO

    Creative Startups

    An accomplished angel investor and founder of the world's leading accelerator for creative entrepreneurs, Alice is widely recognized as a driving force behind the global creative entrepreneurship movement. She is particularly interested in investing in and growing experiential and immersive companies in media, entertainment, retail, and education. Singularly obsessed with entrepreneurs and their success, Alice employs her strategic mindset and global network to drive value creation. She has helped creative companies raise more than $300 million in venture financing and has been the first investor in companies including Meow Wolf, Embodied Labs, and Native Realities. 

    In 2018 Alice co-authored the ground-breaking book, Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success. Alice is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from developing creative entrepreneur ecosystems to investing in creative growth companies. Alice lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Twitter: @createstartups

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    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

    Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.

    Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.

    Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.

    Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

    ​Lorén Spears

    Executive Director

    Tomaquag Museum

    Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, has been an educator for 25 years, has served as an adjunct faculty at Brown University and at University of Rhode Island. She shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public through museum programs. She has written curriculum, poetry, and narratives published in a variety of publications such as “Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New England;” “Through Our Eyes: An Indigenous View of Mashapaug Pond;” “The Pursuit of Happiness: An Indigenous View;” “From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution;” co-edited a new edition of  “A Key into the Language of America by Roger Williams;” and recently co-authored “As We Have Always Done”: Decolonizing the Tomaquag Museum’s Collections Management Policy" published in the Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals.

    She works tirelessly to empower Native youth and to educate the public on Native history, culture, the environment and the arts. She was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to serve on the Board of the RI State Council on the Arts and the RI Historical Records Advisory Board and serves on many other boards including New England Museum Association, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, The Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square and South County Tourism Council.

    Under Spears’ leadership, Tomaquag Museum received the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal. Spears has also received numerous awards including a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Rhode Island 2017, a Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa from Roger Williams University in 2021, the Extraordinary Woman Award 2010, International Day 2010, the Urban League, Woman of Substance Award, 2006 and the RI Council for the Humanities 2016 Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. She is married to Robin Spears Jr., artist, environmental police officer, and mason. She has three grown children, and 1 grandchild.

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  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    An opportunity to chat, and ask further questions, informally, with Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff about federal advocacy, lobbying and policy.

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    About This Session

    An opportunity to chat, and ask further questions, informally, with Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff about federal advocacy, lobbying and policy.

    Speakers:

    Tera Proby, Narric Rome

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    Tera Proby

    Advocacy Manager

    Americans for the Arts

    Tera is the Advocacy Manager at Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Her key responsibilities include communicating Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Administration; and advancing the organization’s grassroots advocacy throughout the country. Prior to joining AFTA, she served as a Government Affairs Associate with The Ohio State University’s Office of Government Affairs and worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez (NY-07) and Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11). 

    Tera is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University and Grand Canyon University. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Language.

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tera-proby-82367454

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

    Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.

    Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.

    Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.

    Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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    This session will introduce 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 2022 Issue Briefs and explain how to use it for advocacy efforts this year.

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    About This Session

    This session will introduce 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 2022 Issue Briefs and explain how to use it for advocacy efforts this year. 

    Speakers:

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Rep. Pingree, Tera Proby, David Reid

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    Nina Ozlu Tunceli

    Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 29 years, Nina has served as the chief advocacy strategist for Americans for the Arts and in 2004, she became the founding executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, an affiliated 501(c)(4) grassroots organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 430,000 citizen activist members in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. After lobbying to secure several arts funding provisions in the 2020 CARES Act, Economic Aid Act, and the American Rescue Plan, Nina provided weekly technical assistance through Zoom Office Hours to thousands of artists and arts organizations in successfully tapping billions of dollars in COVID-19 economic relief aid. Nina also created the dynamic ArtsVote: Make Your Vote Count campaign in 2020, featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey and outreach by artist advocates Ben Folds, Annette Bening, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Everyone is encouraged to join the Arts Action Fund for free at www.ArtsActionFund.org/Join

    Twitter: @ArtsActionFund @Nina4Arts

    Tera Proby

    Advocacy Manager

    Americans for the Arts

    Tera is the Advocacy Manager at Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Her key responsibilities include communicating Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Administration; and advancing the organization’s grassroots advocacy throughout the country. Prior to joining AFTA, she served as a Government Affairs Associate with The Ohio State University’s Office of Government Affairs and worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez (NY-07) and Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11). 

    Tera is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University and Grand Canyon University. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Language.

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tera-proby-82367454

    David Reid

    Policy Director

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

    David Reid is deeply embedded in Democratic politics and draws on his personal network on the Hill, in the Biden administration, and throughout the business community to build coalitions that drive policy success for clients. He works hand in glove with clients to lead complex public policy efforts related to infrastructure, hospitality, gaming, health care, technology, telecommunications, and arts and entertainment.

    David leverages his extensive political finance experience to maximize the impact of clients’ political giving. He also leads Brownstein’s bipartisan political operation, setting the industry standard for political engagement each cycle with Republican and Democratic congressional and national campaign committees and candidates. He serves as a Deputy National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Democratic Governors Association.

    Before joining Brownstein, David served as the Washington D.C. and PAC finance director at Hillary for America. Prior, he worked as the Mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, ran the political finance operation of a Fortune 50 global health care company, and served as the deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association.

    David is an active member of the firm’s pro-bono committee and co-leads the firm’s LGBT+ Affinity Group. Among his many outside involvements, David serves on the executive committee of the One Victory and LGBTQ Victory Institute board, the governing bodies of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Institute, and is a member of the board for Q Street, the professional association of LGBTQ lobbyists and public policy advocates. 

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education

    Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.

    Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.

    Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.

    Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/28/2022

    The opening session of 2022 National Arts Action Summit will welcome attendees to the series of Summit webinars and provide key federal, legislative, and political updates. New NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson is scheduled to make remarks, as are several members of Congress.

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    About This Session

    The opening session of 2022 National Arts Action Summit will welcome attendees to the series of Summit webinars and provide key federal, legislative, and political updates. New NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson is scheduled to make remarks, as are several members of Congress.

    Speakers:

    Rep. Adams, Nolen Bivens, Rep. Bonamici, Helen Daltoso, Rep. Dingell, Marc Folk, NEA Chair Jackson, Sen. Schatz, Carol Tatch, Rep. Velazquez

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    Nolen Bivens

    President & CEO

    Americans for the Arts

    Nolen Bivens, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts is a former U.S. Army General and serves as chair of the National Leadership Advisory Council, the National Initiative for Arts & Health Across the Military (NIAHM); military community advisor for the National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network’s Creative Forces program, and senior Policy Fellow on Arts & Military.

    Bivens is president of Leader Six, Inc. and has executive leadership experience delivering successful results for public, private sector, and nonprofit organizations with $1B (+) in annual revenue, including strategic business development and sales at the VP level for a top four defense corporation, General Dynamics Mission Systems. A retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, he’s held leadership and staff positions from company through Army and Joint Pentagon Staff and U.S. Combatant and Special Operations Command levels. He has testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and co-chairs the National Leadership Advisory Committee for NIAHM. He has been guest speaker for national nonprofit conferences, the Aspen Seminar for Leadership in the Arts; and is a contributing writer for the Smithsonian Institution, HuffPost, and American for the Arts’ social media.

    Bivens holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from South Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University.

    Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D.

    Chair

    National Endowment for the Arts

    For more than 25 years, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson’s work has focused on understanding and elevating arts, culture, and design as critical elements of healthy communities. Her work blends social science and arts- and humanities-based approaches to comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, the dynamics of race and ethnicity, and the roles of arts and culture in communities. After confirmation by the U.S. Senate in December 2021, Dr. Jackson became the 13th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2022. With this historic appointment, Dr. Jackson is the nation’s first NEA chair to be an African American and Mexican American woman.


    Dr. Jackson has a long career in strategic planning, policy research and evaluation with philanthropy, government, and nonprofit organizations. She has served as an advisor on philanthropic programs and investments at national, regional, and local foundations. Dr. Jackson is currently on leave from Arizona State University, where she is a tenured Institute Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. In that role, she has led the Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities and held an appointment in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions (2017-2022). For almost ten years, she also served as a senior advisor for Arts and Culture and Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation at the Kresge Foundation.
    For 18 years, Dr. Jackson worked at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based national public policy research organization. While there, she was a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and the founding director of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity and Communities Program.

    Dr. Jackson was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Barack Obama in 2012 where she served until becoming chair of the NEA. Dr. Jackson was co-chair of the County of Los Angeles Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative and, most recently, served on the advisory boards of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Equity Center at the University of Virginia, the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), and L.A. Commons, an arts intermediary organization focused on bridging communities through stories and creative practice. She served on the board of directors of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (The Music Center), the Association of Arts Administration Educators, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

    A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a doctorate in urban planning, Dr. Jackson holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Jackson grew up in South Los Angeles and, as a child, spent summers in her mother’s hometown of Mexico City and visited her father’s home state of Ohio. Her love of the arts stems from her parents, who encouraged Dr. Jackson and her brother to learn about the richness of their cultures through the arts.

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