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Arts Vote 2016 Update from Americans for the Arts

Arts Action Fund members made a big impact on Presidential candidates on August 14th in Iowa – home to the first presidential caucus in the nation and one that carries outsized influence on national politics.

From #ArtsVote2016 trending nationally on Twitter to The Des Moines Register publishing an OpEd and a news story, the media took notice of the impact that Arts Action Fund members made on advancing the role of the arts and arts education in the 2016 election.

We have posted timely resources on the ArtsVote2016 section of our website so that you too can engage with Presidential candidates campaigning through your state.

  • National Facts & Figures to help you make the case for more investment in the arts and arts education in America.
  • Candidate Arts Profiles will help you understand the most current arts backgrounds and positions of each presidential candidate in the 2016 Presidential election. Just click on each candidate’s picture to read the customized Memos exclusively for Arts Action Fund members with sample questions to ask.
  • News from the Campaign Trail will keep you current on any statements made by candidates in support or in opposition to the arts, including Bernie Sanders’ letter to the Arts Action Fund.
  • #ArtsVote2016 is your one-stop location on Twitter to post and track what Arts Action Fund members across the country are doing to impact the presidential elections by engaging candidates about the arts.

I am so grateful to the many Arts Action Fund members who contributed to make our first #ArtsVote2016 event in Iowa possible. But our work doesn’t stop here. We’ll be conducting several more trainings in many of these early primary states. Please contribute now (preferably on a recurring monthly basis) so that we can continue engaging advocates, like you, to become Grassroots Arts Leaders.

Thanks again,


Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Arts Action Fund, Executive Directors Vote 2016

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