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Fall 2017 Arts Action news

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Vol. III 2017 Quarterly Member Newsletter Support the Arts Action Fund PAC. Message from President & CEO Robert Lynch As you can see in this quarter’s Arts Action Fund newsletter, the theme is economic impact. From newspaper headlines across the country to briefings on Capitol Hill, state legislative chambers and city halls, the golden number that we all need to memorize is that the nonprofit arts are a $166.3 billion annual industry in America.

We’re very grateful to the federal, state, and local elected officials, business leaders and arts administrators, who are helping to spread the word about the powerful economic impact of the arts in strengthening cities and enriching lives. In fact, one of our important public partners, the National League of Cities, recently released its annual Top 10 Issues impacting cities. While it may not shock you to read that “economic development” was on the very top

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Art, Jobs, Trump- Americans for the Arts Action Fund

According to The New York Times, “the White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.”

Because this is not an official White House position yet, you can still help us get a message to President Trump to say NO to these staff recommendations. Please sign our petition and stay involved with our advocacy campaign to protect federal support for the arts and culture.

We have a narrow window of time before the President officially releases his first budget in March/April. An important talking point that we have to work with is the federal government’s latest economic numbers on the arts and culture industry since the President has declared a focus on

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Arts Action Fund April News

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ArtsVote2016 Candidate Interactions; Arts Funding Wins in a Landslide Vote in Cleveland; 2016 Primaries and Caucuses; Federal Update; State and Local Update; Year-End Giving Update

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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 everything arts advocates have achieved this year:

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Vol. I 2014 Quarterly Member Newsletter Support the Arts Action Fund PAC. Message from the President This January, I was honored to receive the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Sid Yates was my hero as well as a masterful legislator who represented the greater Chicago area in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 50 years until 1999. For 20 of those years, he chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Related Agencies, which has direct jurisdiction over funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian, and the National Gallery of Art, among other cultural institutions. At the helm, he would turn dry congressional hearings into performance art through music, poetry, photographs, and drama. He set the initial appropriations to these agencies’ first-ever budgets, he significantly built their funding levels

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Winter 2014 Americans for the Arts Arts Action eNews

Support the Arts Action Fund PAC. Message from the President For two years, I’ve been very pleased to serve on the U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The board’s main goal is to advise the Commerce Secretary and the Obama administration on how to improve travel and tourism in order to strengthen our economy. The 32 members include executives from Marriott, JetBlue, Universal Studios, Las Vegas, Mall of America, US Airways, and Visa; representatives from travel agencies and small businesses; and tourism officials from across the country. I am the only representative from the arts and culture sector. Our research in cultural tourism has consistently shown that tourists seek authentic experiences, and that including cultural venues among marketing efforts is one of the most effective strategies in reaching these customers. By infusing and recognizing the power of the arts into this national discussion,

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Giving Voice to the Arts - eNews Update from Americans for the Arts

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In this issue: ArtsVote2012 Programs Featured at the Political Conventions Sport Your Action Fund Wares Research from Americans for the Arts Shaping Federal Arts Policy Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities PAC Update Message from the President – Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community.

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Join the Arts PAC Monthly Giving Club

Last month, Arts Action Fund members voted overwhelmingly to adopt the policy position to support a budget of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and to strengthen arts education opportunities within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I want you to know that we heard you and because of your vote, we will bring national attention to these policy platforms during National Arts Advocacy Day on April 17, 2012. We will train hundreds of grassroots arts advocates before they go up to Capitol Hill on these very two positions. We have enlisted the support of celebrity artists such as Alec Baldwin, Hill Harper, Stanley Tucci, and Ben Folds; and we will also bring focused attention to these issues at a White House Briefing on the Arts that will be held that same day.

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Update from the Americans for the Arts Action Fund

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“By boosting specific funding for [National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)] programmatic grants by $6.75 million,” Arts Action Fund President & CEO Robert Lynch was quoted in the L.A. Times stating, “The White House is sending a clear message that it understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and the economy.”

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Music in the Recovery of Rep. Giffords

Music offers another pathway back to language. By associating relearned words with rhythm and melody, the victim of a serious brain injury can become conversant again. This process involves strengthening pathways used less frequently during the brain’s normal function. Yet with the major pathways of language and speech damaged, these smaller pathways must become “super-highways”, in the words of doctors in the field. Music therapy has become the most effective way to do this.

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