National Arts Action Digital Summit 2020

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Discounts:

We are pleased to offer a discount for both practicing artists in any artistic discipline and enrolled students. For a discount code granting $50 off the full National Arts Action Digital Summit registration fee, those who qualify should email events@artsusa.org.

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  • FY 2021 Legislative and Political Update

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/27/2020

    This session will welcome digital attendees to this series of webinars and provide information about federal legislative and political updates and an overview of the key players on arts policy on Capitol Hill.

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    About this Plenary

    This session will welcome digital attendees to this series of webinars and provide information about federal legislative and political updates and an overview of the key players on arts policy on Capitol Hill.

    Presenters:

    • Narric Rome, Americans for the Arts
    • Lauren Cohen, Americans for the Arts
    • Peter Gordon, Americans for the Arts
    • David Reid, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

    This event is a part of the National Arts Action Digital Summit 2020.


    How to View the Recording: locate the “FY 2021 Legislative and Political Update Recorded” or “FY 2021 Legislative and Political Update Recorded with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    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.

    Lauren Cohen

    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.

    Peter Gordon

    Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Peter joined Americans for the Arts in January 2019. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Peter served as the Associate Director of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, where he focused on tax policy and advocated on behalf of foundations on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Council, he was a Government Relations Specialist for the National Association of College Stores in Washington, DC. Previously, Peter worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate, as a Staff Assistant for former Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and the House, as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA).

    Peter grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College. During college, he worked at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, where he developed a deep appreciation for the arts. Peter loves to visit museums and attend theater performances. He lives in DC with his wife, Corey, and their daughter, Alex.

    David Reid

    Senior Policy Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

    David Reid brings a wealth of on-the-ground policy and finance experience to his government relations work with Brownstein. He combines his experience in both business and politics on building, funding and setting the strategic direction for advocacy campaigns and political action committees. A seasoned campaign veteran, David joins the firm from Hillary for America where he was the Washington, D.C., and PAC finance director. His efforts raised a record-breaking $30 million from the D.C. and PAC community during the last election. Before joining Hillary for America, David was the Mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, ran the political finance operation of a Fortune 100 global healthcare company and served as the deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association. David advocates on behalf of a wide range of clients, representing arts and public health funding coalitions, health care organizations and hospitality and telecom companies. He also remains active and engaged with the Democratic Party and campaign committees. Over the course of his career, David has amassed an in-depth network of industry contacts both on Capitol Hill and within the business and association communities. He also serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

  • Supporting the Arts in Transit Projects

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/27/2020

    This advocacy training session focuses on supporting the arts in public transit projects. Our main advocacy ask is to urge Congress to support the Saving Transit Art Resources (STAR) Act (H.R. 3437) to restore local control to transit authorities regarding the integration of art and non-functional landscaping into federally-funded transit projects and facilities.

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on supporting the arts in public transit projects. Our main advocacy ask is to urge Congress to support the Saving Transit Art Resources (STAR) Act (H.R. 3437) to restore local control to transit authorities regarding the integration of art and non-functional landscaping into federally-funded transit projects and facilities.

    Presenters:

    • Lauren Cohen, Americans for the Arts
    • Patricia Walsh, Americans for the Arts

    This event is a part of the National Arts Action Digital Summit 2020.


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Supporting Arts in Transit Projects Recorded” or “Supporting Arts in Transit Projects with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.


    Lauren Cohen

    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.

    Patricia Walsh

    Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Patricia Walsh joined Americans for the Arts in 2014 where she works to empower public art professionals, artists and other stakeholders in the implementation of public art in their communities by supporting best practices, case studies, resource development, and peer-to-peer networking.
     
    In her role at Americans for the Arts, Patricia has grown the annual Public Art Preconference to over 300 attendees, moderates the 400+ membership-based Public Art Network, and travels frequently to communities across the country to engage and learn from her colleagues working locally. She designed the Public Art Resource Center, an online portal to increase access to tools, resources, and opportunities for those making public art happen in their communities. She manages partnerships with Smart Growth America/Transportation for America and the American Planning Association and continues to develop strategies to engage allied fields to cultivate policy and practice that supports public art in the built environment across the country.

  • The Latest in Tax Policy for Artists, Organizations, and Philanthropy

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/27/2020

    This advocacy training session focuses on the latest in tax policy for artists, organizations, and philanthropy. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to restore and expand the full value and scope of charitable giving incentives for all taxpayers through enacting a universal charitable deduction, and to support further policies that will strengthen the nonprofit arts community by passing the legacy IRA Act (H.R. 3832, S. 1257) and preserving the Johnson Amendment's protections from partisanship

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on the latest in tax policy for artists, organizations, and philanthropy. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to restore and expand the full value and scope of charitable giving incentives for all taxpayers through enacting a universal charitable deduction, and to support further policies that will strengthen the nonprofit arts community by passing the legacy IRA Act (H.R. 3832, S. 1257) and preserving the Johnson Amendment's protections from partisanship.

    Presenters:

    • Peter Gordon, Americans for the Arts
    • Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras

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


    How to View the Recording: locate the “The Latest in Tax Policy for Artists, Organizations, and Philanthropy Recorded” or “The Latest in Tax Policy for Artists, Organizations, and Philanthropy Recorded with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Peter Gordon

    Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Peter joined Americans for the Arts in January 2019. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Peter served as the Associate Director of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, where he focused on tax policy and advocated on behalf of foundations on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Council, he was a Government Relations Specialist for the National Association of College Stores in Washington, DC. Previously, Peter worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate, as a Staff Assistant for former Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and the House, as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA).

    Peter grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College. During college, he worked at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, where he developed a deep appreciation for the arts. Peter loves to visit museums and attend theater performances. He lives in DC with his wife, Corey, and their daughter, Alex.

    Heather Noonan

    Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras

    Heather Noonan is the Vice President for Advocacy for the League of American Orchestras, the national service organization for the more than 1,600 orchestras in communities across the United States. From the League’s Washington, D.C. office, Heather represents orchestras to national policy leaders in the arenas of government arts funding, education reform, international cultural activity, and nonprofit and philanthropic policies, and leads the League’s efforts to communicate the public value of orchestras and to increase orchestras’ local advocacy capacity. Heather directs the League’s technical assistance to orchestras navigating the complex aviation and protected species rules related to travel with musical instruments, and represented global music interests in treaty negotiations at the 17th and 18th Conferences of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. She established and edits the League web site Artists from Abroad: The Complete Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirements for Foreign Guest Artists. Heather is the convener of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the working group of national arts, humanities, and cultural stakeholders that collaborate year-round to advance federal policy priorities.

    Heather serves on the national advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership, and has served on the boards of directors for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras and the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. Prior to joining the League in 1996, she was a legislative associate for the American Arts Alliance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied art history at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

  • Advancing Arts and Health

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/28/2020

    This advocacy training session focuses on advancing the arts in health. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to support the Dignity in Aging Act (H.R. 4334), to support the RISE from Trauma Act (S. 1770, H.R. 3180), to support research funding for creative and expressive arts therapies and arts-based programming within federal agencies, and to preserve Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions that provide access to affordable healthcare coverage for artists and other creative occupations.

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on advancing the arts in health. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to support the Dignity in Aging Act (H.R. 4334), to support the RISE from Trauma Act (S. 1770, H.R. 3180), to support research funding for creative and expressive arts therapies and arts-based programming within federal agencies, and to preserve Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions that provide access to affordable healthcare coverage for artists and other creative occupations.

    Presenters:

    • Judy Simpson, American Music Therapy Association
    • Naj Wikoff, National Organization for Arts in Health
    • Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, Creative Forces

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


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Advancing Arts and Health Recorded” or “Advancing Arts and Health with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Judy Simpson

    Director of Government Relations, American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

    As Director of Government Relations for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Judy Simpson represents the profession with legislators and agencies on the state and federal level. She has been an active member of the Arts Advocacy Summit Legislative Planning Committee since 2009. For the last 15 years, Judy has led AMTA’s state recognition initiative in collaboration with the Certification Board for Music Therapists, presenting advocacy trainings in 26 states and contributing to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

    Naj Wikoff

    Vice President, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)

    Naj Wikoff is the National Marketing Director for Aesthetics, Inc. and serves as Vice President of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH). Wikoff, an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, is a founding member of Lesley’s Institute for Arts in Health and the National Initiative for the Arts in Health in the Military. He is the, former director of the Healing Arts program of the C. Everett Koop Institute at the Dartmouth Medical School and of Arts and Productions at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

    Twenty-two years ago, Wikoff established Creative Healing Connections, which uses the arts and nature to support the healing of women living with cancer, military spouses, and veteran and active duty service women living with PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. The two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar regularly consults on arts and health, healing spaces, and arts and trauma issues to health and arts institutions, and has worked with victims of terror and war in Palestine and Israel. In addition, for the past twelve years, as arts coordinator for Connecting Youth and Community, Wikoff has been using the arts to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by teens.

    Donna Betts

    PhD, ATR-BC, Clinical Research Advisor for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network

    Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, is Clinical Research Advisor for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network.  She has been a Board-Certified art therapist since 2002 and served as President of the American Art Therapy Association from 2015–2017.  Formerly Associate Professor and Research Director in the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program (2009 – 2018), Dr. Betts is an award-winning scholar and has presented internationally on art therapy practice, policy, and research.  Dr. Betts’ most recent publication is the book, Art Therapy Research: A Practical Guide.   

  • Supporting our Military and Veterans through the Arts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/28/2020

    This advocacy training session focuses on supporting our military and veterans through the arts. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to support Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 785), to support increased funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense for creative arts therapies, expressive arts therapy, and arts-based programming, and to support legislation that improves access to evidence-based complimentary and integrative treatments and telehealth, including creative arts therapies, expressive art therapy, and arts-based programming.

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on supporting our military and veterans through the arts. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to support Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 785), to support increased funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense for creative arts therapies, expressive arts therapy, and arts-based programming, and to support legislation that improves access to evidence-based complimentary and integrative treatments and telehealth, including creative arts therapies, expressive art therapy, and arts-based programming.

    Presenters:

    • Judy Simpson, American Music Therapy Association
    • Naj Wikoff, National Organization for Arts in Health
    • Lindsay Miserandino, Arts in the Armed Forces
    • Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, Creative Forces

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


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Supporting our Military Veterans through the Arts Recorded” or “Supporting our Military Veterans through the Arts with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Judy Simpson

    Director of Government Relations, American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

    As Director of Government Relations for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Judy Simpson represents the profession with legislators and agencies on the state and federal level. She has been an active member of the Arts Advocacy Summit Legislative Planning Committee since 2009. For the last 15 years, Judy has led AMTA’s state recognition initiative in collaboration with the Certification Board for Music Therapists, presenting advocacy trainings in 26 states and contributing to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

    Naj Wikoff

    Vice President, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)

    Naj Wikoff is the National Marketing Director for Aesthetics, Inc. and serves as Vice President of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH). Wikoff, an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, is a founding member of Lesley’s Institute for Arts in Health and the National Initiative for the Arts in Health in the Military. He is the, former director of the Healing Arts program of the C. Everett Koop Institute at the Dartmouth Medical School and of Arts and Productions at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

    Twenty-two years ago, Wikoff established Creative Healing Connections, which uses the arts and nature to support the healing of women living with cancer, military spouses, and veteran and active duty service women living with PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. The two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar regularly consults on arts and health, healing spaces, and arts and trauma issues to health and arts institutions, and has worked with victims of terror and war in Palestine and Israel. In addition, for the past twelve years, as arts coordinator for Connecting Youth and Community, Wikoff has been using the arts to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by teens.

    Lindsay Miserandino

    Executive Director, Arts in the Armed Forces

    Lindsay Miserandino is the Executive Director of Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit founded by actor and Marine, Adam Driver, dedicated to providing high quality arts programming to US military installations and veterans across the world. Prior to AITAF, Lindsay led fundraising and operations at Rosie O’Donnell’s Rosie’s Theater Kids, a non-profit offering conservatory-style training in the performing arts, academic tutoring and social services to underserved NYC public school students. Lindsay previously served as an Associate in the Education Department at Roundabout Theater Company, administering in-depth partnerships between the theater and New York City public high schools, including serving on the planning team to open three new theater-based high schools in New York City's Department of Education. Lindsay began her career teaching 9th grade English and high school theatre. She is a graduate of the Executive Management and Leadership training program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Board member at Rosie’s Theater Kids.

    Donna Betts

    PhD, ATR-BC, Clinical Research Advisor for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network

    Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, is Clinical Research Advisor for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network.  She has been a Board-Certified art therapist since 2002 and served as President of the American Art Therapy Association from 2015–2017.  Formerly Associate Professor and Research Director in the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program (2009 – 2018), Dr. Betts is an award-winning scholar and has presented internationally on art therapy practice, policy, and research.  Dr. Betts’ most recent publication is the book, Art Therapy Research: A Practical Guide.   

  • COVID-19 Relief Package Policy

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/29/2020

    This plenary session take a deep look at how the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress has affected the arts and culture sector. We will review how organizations, artists, and small businesses in the creative economy are pursuing additional relief legislation that Congress is expected to consider this spring.

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    About this Plenary

    This plenary session take a deep look at how the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress has affected the arts and culture sector. We will review how organizations, artists, and small businesses in the creative economy are pursuing additional relief legislation that Congress is expected to consider this spring. This session will feature remarks from U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01)

    Presenters:

    • Robert L Lynch, Americans for the Arts
    • Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Americans for the Arts
    • Ruby Lopez Harper, Americans for the Arts
    • Peter Gordon, Americans for the Arts
    • Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras
    • Todd Dupler, Recording Academy

    This event is a part of the National Arts Action Digital Summit 2020.


    How to View the Recording: locate the “COVID-19 Relief Package Policy Recorded” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Robert L. Lynch

    President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

    Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 43 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.

    In 1996, Mr. Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts. Under his 33 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2,000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.

    During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Mr. Lynch has overseen six mergers including the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.

    Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy including its signature study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts community, Arts and Economic Prosperity V. He has also been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative power of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving and work with the Pentagon, West Point, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the arts and military.  

    Mr. Lynch currently serves on the board of the Independent Sector. He has also served two terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the JFK Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

    Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli

    Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & 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. Since 1993, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2004, she also became the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a separate 501(c)(4) 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 420,000+ citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Richmond School of Law.

    Ruby Lopez Harper

    Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts

    Ruby is the Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

    Originally from California, where she was a dance instructor in her spare time, Ruby worked with local community theatre companies creating choreography for their musical theatre productions earning numerous local, state and regional recognition for her work both on and offstage. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.

    Peter Gordon

    Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Peter joined Americans for the Arts in January 2019. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Peter served as the Associate Director of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, where he focused on tax policy and advocated on behalf of foundations on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Council, he was a Government Relations Specialist for the National Association of College Stores in Washington, DC. Previously, Peter worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate, as a Staff Assistant for former Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and the House, as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA).

    Peter grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College. During college, he worked at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, where he developed a deep appreciation for the arts. Peter loves to visit museums and attend theater performances. He lives in DC with his wife, Corey, and their daughter, Alex.

    Heather Noonan

    Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras

    Heather Noonan is the Vice President for Advocacy for the League of American Orchestras, the national service organization for the more than 1,600 orchestras in communities across the United States. From the League’s Washington, D.C. office, Heather represents orchestras to national policy leaders in the arenas of government arts funding, education reform, international cultural activity, and nonprofit and philanthropic policies, and leads the League’s efforts to communicate the public value of orchestras and to increase orchestras’ local advocacy capacity. Heather directs the League’s technical assistance to orchestras navigating the complex aviation and protected species rules related to travel with musical instruments, and represented global music interests in treaty negotiations at the 17th and 18th Conferences of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. She established and edits the League web site Artists from Abroad: The Complete Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirements for Foreign Guest Artists. Heather is the convener of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the working group of national arts, humanities, and cultural stakeholders that collaborate year-round to advance federal policy priorities.

    Heather serves on the national advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership, and has served on the boards of directors for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras and the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. Prior to joining the League in 1996, she was a legislative associate for the American Arts Alliance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied art history at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

    Todd Dupler

    Managing Director, Advocacy & Public Policy, the Recording Academy

    Todd Dupler is the Managing Director, Advocacy & Public Policy for the Recording Academy, the organization internationally known for the annual GRAMMY Awards. In this role, Dupler works with Academy leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community, and represents the interests of the Academy’s members before Congress and federal agencies. In addition, he manages GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day and District Advocate, the Academy’s signature grassroots advocacy programs. Dupler also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy’s 12 regional chapters.

    With over two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., Todd Dupler has extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. He previously served as legislative director for Rep. Lamar Smith during Smith's tenure as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries.

    Dupler also served on the legislative staff for Rep. Kevin Brady and Sen. Phil Gramm. In addition, he was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and has experience in state government. Dupler received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Baylor University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and serves on the board of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C.

  • Legislating the Creative Economy

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/29/2020

    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).

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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.


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Legislating the Creative Economy Recorded” or the “Legislating the Creative Economy Recorded with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    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.

  • Expanding Arts and Technology

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This advocacy training session focuses on expanding Arts and Technology. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to pass the Save the Internet Act (S. 682), and emphasize the essentiality that the FCC protect wireless microphones and other devices used by performing arts entities that provide valuable public service.

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on expanding Arts and Technology. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to pass the Save the Internet Act (S. 682), and emphasize the essentiality that the FCC protect wireless microphones and other devices used by performing arts entities that provide valuable public service.

    Presenters:

    • Laurie Baskin, Theatre Communications Group
    • Michael Lewan, Recording Academy

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


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Expanding Arts and Technology Recorded” or "Expanding Arts and Technology Recorded with Closed Captions" box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Laurie Baskin

    Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action

    Laurie Baskin joined Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in 1997 and is director of Research, Policy & Collective Action.  Ms. Baskin created and administers the Blue Star Theatres program, which fosters engagement between theatres and military families. In her responsibility for TCG’s research, she oversees the Fiscal, Salary & Education Surveys. She administers 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. 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. Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman 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.

    Michael Lewan

    Director of Government Relations, Recording Academy

    Michael Lewan is the Director of Government Relations for the Recording Academy in Washington, D.C. where he represents the Academy, its members and the greater music creator community on Capitol Hill and with key government agencies. Lewan brings a diverse public policy and advocacy background in helping execute the Academy’s signature advocacy programs and achieve its legislative goals. Prior to joining the Recording Academy in 2017, Lewan served as Senior Manager of Government Relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and previously worked for an energy association and within the federal government. Lewan has two Master’s Degrees from Syracuse University in public policy and communications, and is a proud graduate of the University of Miami.

  • Supporting Cultural Exchange and Visas for International Artists

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/30/2020

    This advocacy training session focuses on supporting cultural exchange and visas for international artists. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to appropriate $115 million to the Office of Citizen Exchanges within the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to reintroduce and enact the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision.

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on supporting cultural exchange and visas for international artists. Our main advocacy asks are to urge Congress to appropriate $115 million to the Office of Citizen Exchanges within the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to reintroduce and enact the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision.

    Presented by Najean Lee, League of American Orchestras

    This event is a part of the National Arts Action Digital Summit 2020.


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Supporting Cultural Exchange and Visas for International Artists Recorded” or “Supporting Cultural Exchange and Visas for International Artists Recorded with Closed Captions” box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Najean Lee

    Director of Government Affairs and Education Advocacy, The League of American Orchestras

    Najean Lee is the director of government affairs and education advocacy at the League of American Orchestras, where she has worked for more than ten years. From the League’s two-person Washington, D.C. office, Najean represents the League’s member orchestras before Congress and federal agencies on a range of issues including federal support for the arts, nonprofit tax policy, arts education policy and funding, cultural exchange, visa policy improvements for international guest artists, and domestic and international travel with musical instruments. Najean participates in several policy coalitions and working groups with national arts, education, and nonprofit organizations, and has served on the Legislative Planning Committee that writes the policy briefs and helps train advocates for national Arts Advocacy Day since 2008. In addition to her legislative portfolio, Najean serves as the staff liaison to executive directors of the League’s smallest budget orchestras and to orchestras’ education and community engagement personnel.

    Najean previously worked at the Arts Education Partnership and the Council of Chief State School Officers. She holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan and M.A. in English from Indiana University. A former student of the violin and piano, Najean played in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Starling Chamber Orchestra.

  • Protecting the Arts in Higher Education

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/30/2020

    This advocacy training session focuses on protecting the arts in higher education. Our main advocacy ask is to urge Congress to strengthen access to higher education in the arts through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

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    About this Breakout Session

    This advocacy training session focuses on protecting the arts in higher education. Our main advocacy ask is to urge Congress to strengthen access to higher education in the arts through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

    Presenters:

    • Stephanie Milling, National Dance Education Organization
    • Sherburne Laughlin, Arts Management Program at American University
    • Lee Ann Adams, Association of Arts Administration Educators
    • Sally Gaskill, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), Indiana University

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


    How to View the Recording: locate the “Protecting the Arts in Higher Education Recorded” or "Protecting the Arts in Higher Education Recorded with Closed Captions" box on the right-hand side of this page. Click the box and a red VIEW VIDEO button will appear. Click on that button and the recorded session will open in a pop-up window. Please note that you must be logged in to your account and registered for this event in order to view the recording.

    Stephanie Milling

    Advocacy Director, National Dance Education Organization

    Stephanie Milling is the Interim Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Interim Dance Program Director, and the Head of Dance Education at the University of South Carolina. After performing in the early stages of her dance career, Dr. Milling has taught in a wide variety of artistic and educational environments, including company classes for Dallas Black Dance Theatre I and II, several public schools within the New York City Department of Education, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. She also served in the capacity of Assistant Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina.

    Stephanie currently serves as the Advocacy Director of the National Dance Education Organization, the President of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, and as an editorial board member for The Journal of Movement Arts Literacy, Dance Education in Practice, and Arts Education Policy Review. She has participated on grant review panels for the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Arts, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and Americans for the Arts/VANS Custom Culture. Stephanie’s creative and scholarly work revolves around the intersections of Women’s Studies and Dance, assessment, advocacy, and pedagogy. Her work has appeared in venues such as the Joyce Soho in New York City, the D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., Piccolo Spoleto, the annual conference for the National Dance Education Organization, and the Journal of Dance Education, Dance Education in Practice, and other national and international publications. Dr. Milling holds a Ph.D. in Dance and M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, an M.A in Dance Education from New York University, and a B.A. in French from Texas Christian University.

    Sherburne Laughlin

    Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer Department of Performing Arts, American University

    Sherburne Laughlin holds an MBA from Yale University and is a cum laude graduate of Davidson College. Her nonprofit management and philanthropic career spans over 20 years of executive director and program director experience. A full-time professor since 2007 at AU, she has pioneered top-ranked courses in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing and governance. Her consulting work focuses on issues of governance, organizational development and strategic planning and serves all types of nonprofits, arts and non-arts, large and small, national and local. She has served on many arts panels, including the DC, Montgomery and Fairfax County Arts Council panels and the national VSA arts panel. She is currently serving on the City Fund, which is awarding $15 million over 3 years to the arts and workforce development in the District of Columbia. Until recently, she was a member of the Advisory Board of Round House Theater and for 16 years served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Davidson College. Laughlin co-chaired the national conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and chaired the Graduate Standards Committee, which recently published the revised Graduate Standards in Arts Administration Education. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the leading international scholarly association of the field. Her work on governance was recognized in her selection as the author on US arts governance in the path-breaking book International Cultural Governance published by Palgrave McMillan in 2019. She chairs the Americans for the Arts' task force on Higher Education in the Arts, which crafts the congressional legislative platform on the arts in higher education.

    Website: https://www.american.edu/cas/arts-management/

    Lee Ann Adams

    Executive Director, Association of Arts Administration Educators

    Lee Ann Adams has over fifteen years of experience working in nonprofit management and higher education in the arts, and she joined AAAE as Executive Director after serving as Assistant Director of Programs and Operations at the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) for 6 1/2 years.

    Prior to joining AICAD, Adams worked as an Admissions Officer at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as an Administrator in the Fine American Paintings Department at Christie’s Auction House in New York City, and as Assistant to the Director at the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island.

    Adams holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management with a focus on Organizational Communications from Northeastern University, and a B.F.A in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Additionally, Adams maintains a creative practice as a fine arts painter, and she serves as Treasurer on the Rhode Island Art Education Association (RIAEA) Board.

    Adams believes deeply in the value of an arts education, and brings her passion and expertise to the field of Arts Administration through her role as Executive Director at AAAE.

    Website: https://www.artsadministration.org/

    Sally Gaskill

    Director, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), Indiana University

    Sally Gaskill is a veteran arts administrator with experience in advocacy, local arts agency management, and higher education. She has served as director of SNAAP -- the annual survey of arts graduates – since 2012 at the Indiana University School of Education’s Center for Postsecondary Research and as Associate Director from 2008-2012.  SNAAP investigates the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally and is governed by a distinguished national board of directors.

    She served as executive director of the arts councils of Rochester, New York and Bloomington, Indiana and managed grantmaking programs for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She led the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Indiana Coalition for the Arts, and served on the State Arts Action Council for Americans for the Arts. As a consultant, she developed cultural plans for a number of communities and evaluated over 100 nonprofit arts organizations as a site reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

    Sally currently serves as a consultant to the Indiana Arts Commission. She is vice president of Cardinal Stage Company, treasurer of Bloomington Early Music, and an advisory board member of WTIU Public Media and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arts Administration Program. She sings with Voces Novae, a chamber choir.

    She received a B.A. in history from Colorado College and an M.A. in arts management from American University.

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