Get Your Arts Advocacy On--Even (Especially) Now!
Recorded On: 06/23/2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
4:15 p.m. EDT
About this Session
In this session, learn how you can use your individual story to engage with decisionmakers, what types of outreach are most effective (particularly in a moment when some of the most traditional, in-person avenues for advocating are temporarily off the table), and how to maintain relationships with decisionmakers and other stakeholders. Leave this session equipped to be the best arts advocate you can be.
- Learn how to use your individual story to engage with decisionmakers.
- Explore what types of outreach are the most effective.
- Talk through the importance of maintaining relationships with decisionmakers.
Lauren Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Nate McGaha, Arts North Carolina
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager
Americans for the Arts
At Americans for the Arts, Lauren works with the Federal Affairs team in federal lobbying and government affairs activities, including composing position statements, monitoring federal legislation, drafting legislative proposals, coalition building with the Congressional Arts Caucus and other Congressional staff. She enjoys teaching others how to become compelling arts advocates and how to pursue strong arts policy. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lauren worked for a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two years where she managed the arts, humanities, and museums portfolio. Before coming to Washington, DC, Lauren worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. There, she held positions in the Education Outreach, Historical Interpretations, and Curatorial departments. Lauren earned her Master of Arts degree in Public History from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Tennessee. Lauren's passion for the arts began at age three when she first started ballet lessons and continues to this day as she enjoys dance and theater performances, museums, and art shows.
Arts North Carolina
Nate McGaha has served as the Executive Director of Arts North Carolina, the statewide advocacy organization for the arts, since 2017 where he works for public funding and policy for the arts and arts education. He helped to create the Joint Caucus on Arts and Arts Education at the NC General Assembly, shepherded the NC Arts High School Graduation Requirement into law, and has led several statewide initiatives for relief, reopening, and recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his work in advocacy, Nate was the Executive Director of Carolina Ballet in Raleigh for five years with Artistic Director Robert Weiss. Before coming to the Raleigh area he was the Director of Operations at Charlotte Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride for seven years after serving as that company’s Resident Lighting Designer since 1996. Nate was also the Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the Chautauqua Ballet Company in the summer months from 1997 through 2009 and toured internationally with Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s Complexions Dance Company. He is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts where he received a BFA in Design and Production with concentration in Lighting Design.