Legislating the Creative Economy

Recorded On: 04/29/2020

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About this Breakout Session

This advocacy training session focuses on legislating the creative economy. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to cosponsor the CREATE Act (S. 650, H.R. 1519), and to cosponsor the PLACE Act (S. 3232).

Presenters:

  • Narric Rome, Americans for the Arts
  • Craig Nutt, CERF+
  • Cornelia Carey, CERF+

This event is a part of the National Arts Action Digital Summit.


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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 Trump Administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs.

Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, and advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels. Most recently, Narric has launched a national campaign to boost the creative economy by building support for the CREATE Act (S.661, HR1649) in Congress. Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena.  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 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.

Craig Nutt

Director of Programs, CERF+

Craig Nutt is a studio furniture maker and sculptor whose work is in numerous museum 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 Governmental Relations.

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.

Cornelia Carey

Executive Director, CERF+

Cornelia Carey is Executive Director of CERF+ -- the Artists Safety Net, a national artists’ service organization based in Montpelier, Vermont that provides readiness, response, and recovery assistance for studio-based artists. She is a founder of the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, an initiative to strengthen emergency resilience and response in the arts sector. Prior to her tenure at CERF+, Carey ran programs supporting artists and cultural institutions at the Vermont Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in human development and educational research. She has served on boards and review panels for foundations, state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts. Carey lives with her husband and daughter on their farm in Calais, Vermont.

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