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“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.”

National Arts Advocacy Day is significant because it grants us an opportunity to gather as a community to reflect on the role of contemporary artists in the 21st century. No matter what the chosen art form, the passion to do art and to be art is born out of an insatiable yearning to make beauty, […]

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Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe Discuss the Arts, Arts Education in America

Just outside the Arts Advocacy Day Congressional Arts Kick-Off event on April 17 in Washington, DC, Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer/judge on So You Think You Can Dance and executive producer of American Idol) braved the wind to talk about their greatest arts experiences, arts education, and whether or not Alec could be […]

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Hill Harper: Arts Advocacy is Something I Live Everyday

2012 Arts Advocacy Day Co-chair Hill Harper took a few minutes out of his busy schedule during the two-day summit to talk to ARTSblog about arts advocacy, his own arts education experiences, and how he fights to help future generations receive it.

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Advocacy is the New Yoga: Just Thirty Minutes a Day Can Make a World of Difference

I love yoga. It’s all the rage—even Nancy Hanks Lecturer Alec Baldwin is a fan. Yoga practice is a great fitness activity that has physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. A thirty minute workout comprised of sun salutation, downward facing dog, and accompanied by a little “om” action provides the energy and balance needed to chug […]

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Arts Advocacy Day 2012: The Congressional Arts Kick-Off

It’s difficult to write an event recap post when you are still energized/exhausted as a staff member often can be following 48 hours of festivities surrounding Arts Advocacy Day, but I will certainly try. Following last night’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy by Alec Baldwin, the Congressional Arts Kickoff brought together our […]

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Celebrating Arts Advocacy Day

Over 500 arts advocates are gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC this morning to begin training for Arts Advocacy Day. This annual two-day event brings together representatives from nearly every state to meet with their members of Congress to advocate for a number of issues near and dear to those who love […]

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Achievement Gap Exposed in New Arts Education Report (An EALS Post)

Two major arts education studies were released this past week, the FRSS 10-year comparison and the Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth, a 12-year longitudinal study. When these studies are married, their effectiveness as a tool for advocacy becomes undeniably clear. While the FRSS will get much of the press because U.S. Secretary of Education […]

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The Hunger Games Surprised Stanley Tucci

In this minute-long clip, Stanley Tucci talks about what surprised him most about his new film The Hunger Games, which opens today across the country. This video is the conclusion to his short interview before providing testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior regarding 2013 appropriations for the National Endowment for the Arts, […]

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It’s Time for a New Database… (An EALS Post)

I work for a nonprofit organization where my title is the incredibly glamorous “Administrative Assistant and Database Coordinator.” Sometimes when talking myself up I like to say I’m the “Database Manager” as it sounds slightly more important. A couple months ago, my management was questioned when on a development call with the board chair the […]

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How NEA Funding Affects Local Communities

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Arts Advocacy Day (AAD), the largest and most wide-ranging, one-day advocacy effort in support of the arts. Advocates come from across the country come to Washington, DC, to meet with their members of Congress and staff members as part of the event. While the topics range from […]

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