Supporting Cultural Exchange and Visas for International Artists
Recorded On: 04/30/2020
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.
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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.