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Artist and Arts Advocate Peggo Horstmann Hodes Urges More Public Investment in Op Ed

“The arts inspire, create, energize, illuminate and are a legacy of who we are as a people” says the longtime singer and spouse of former Rep. Paul Hodes

Arts Action Fund Goes On the Air in New Hampshire

Republican strategist Sarah Stewart appears on the “Girard at Large” radio show to talk about the GOP should embrace the arts

Mary Pat Christie Expresses Support for the Arts

The wife of New Jersey governor and Presidential candidate Chris Christie tells an Arts Action Fund member about her pro-arts actions as First Lady of the Garden State.

Top Eight Arts Policy Wins This Year

2015 was a huge year for the arts! From increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to a monumental education reform bill, arts and arts education policy have progressed immensely this past year. Take a look at the top eight arts policy wins arts advocates have achieved this year:
Arts education policy ENACTED
President Obama signing ESSA into law
Dedicated funding for arts education SECURED
New funding for the NEA
Key charitable giving tax provisions made PERMANENT
New opportunities for STEAM education APPROVED
STEAM advocates at the White House
Arts eligibility in Title I funding RETAINED
Afterschool programs PRESERVED
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Airline carry-on rules for musical instruments FINALIZED

To learn more about what 2015 has meant for the arts, check out our blog post online.
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Arts Action Fund Member Engages with John Kasich

Marilyn Hoffman asks the Ohio governor and Republican Presidential candidate about STEAM education and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts

Great News From Capitol Hill!

We don’t get to say this often enough…there were some big wins for the arts last week from Congress.

Timeline: How Arts Education Won on Capitol Hill

It has been a long and winding road to the first major re-write of federal education law in nearly a decade. This Arts Action Fund graphic explains how STEM became STEAM.

Arts Advocate Attends Hillary Clinton Event

Director of the Capitol Center for the Arts Nikki Clark attended an intimate event for the Democratic frontrunner, and spoke with former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean.


The following is Nikki Clark’s own story about her engagement:

I went to a Hillary event at Gerri and Ron King’s home on Friday, Dec. 11. I attended to hear Governor Howard Dean who is out campaigning for Hillary.

After his remarks, I was able to re-introduce myself to Governor Dean, reminding him that I was the head of the Vermont Arts Council when he became Governor. He remembered me and asked what I was doing in New Hampshire? I told him I was director of the Capitol Center for the Arts and a member of the NH Citizens for the Arts.

I gave him a very brief overview of the #ArtsVote2016 and my advocacy work with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. I told him I was attending Presidential Candidate events to ask candidates how they would approach investment in the cultural sector if they were to be the next President. I let him know the arts community of NH was looking closely at all the candidates in terms of arts policy, and encouraged him to ask Mrs. Clinton to speak often about the importance of the arts sector to community vitality and the education of our children.

He said he would pass along this message.

For more information about Presidential candidates and the arts, visit our ArtsVote2016 page.

2015 Year End Appeal

View our full year-end appeal which details how 2015 unfolded, then take a moment to make a generous contribution.

House Passes The New Federal Education Bill

The Every Student Succeeds Act is a major overhaul of federal education policy.