National Arts Advocacy Day 2017
03/20/2017 09:00 AM
@ Omni Shoreham Hotel
Greetings, arts advocates! This event was created to serve as a forum in which committed and potential National Arts Advocacy Day attendees can connect, coordinate, share, and get to know one another.
We encourage anyone in need of — or willing to offer — ride-sharing, cost-reducing, and collaborative lodging opportunities to post those here. By working together as a community, we can make National Arts Advocacy Day accessible to all.
Join the Illinois team and let’s make our voices heard on Capitol Hill March 20–21!
Please note: Your RSVP or activity on this event page does not constitute confirmation or registration. Please review and complete the steps below or click here → http://bit.ly/2l4Olyu to read “Everything You Need to Know About National Arts Advocacy Day.”
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National Arts Advocacy Day is especially critical this year. While in Washington, DC, we will meet with members of Congress during the height of anticipated debates regarding the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) — not to mention our fight to keep the “public” in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We’ll need your help on the Illinois team!
Each year Arts Alliance Illinois leads a delegation of arts advocates to Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to speak out for the arts and arts education and be heard by Congress. It starts with a day of dynamic, hands-on training sessions that empower you with the knowledge and know-how to lobby Congress on behalf of pro-arts policies. Then we head to the Hill to meet with members of the Illinois congressional delegation and their staff to talk about the importance of the arts.
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Everything You Need to Know About NAAD 2017
Follow these five steps to take part and be a national champion for the arts in Illinois.
Register → Join → Travel → Reserve → Advocate!
Step 1: Register with Americans for the Arts. ($125 and up; discounts expire on Feb 24 and Mar 10)
Click here → http://bit.ly/2kROqKs to register with AFTA for the overall advocacy day events. Your AFTA registration covers three (3) full meals and allows you to attend vital advocacy training and networking (Mar 20), the Nancy Hanks Lecture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Mar 20), and the Congressional Arts Kick Off event (Mar 21). Click link to visit the AFTA website for National Arts Advocacy Day. http://bit.ly/1oFWvtV
Step 2: Join the Illinois team. ($75)
Click here → http://bit.ly/2leD5k7 to join our state’s team for National Arts Advocacy Day and strengthen your voice by working with fellow arts advocates from across Illinois. This $75 registration helps Arts Alliance Illinois cover the costs of providing the following benefits:
• We’ll work directly with Congressional staff to schedule meetings
• We’ll provide you with Illinois-specific advocacy materials and talking points
• We’ll take care of your lunch with the Illinois team (Mar 20)
• We’ll be available to you in DC to provide support
• We’ll assist with troubleshooting should you run into logistical challenges
Step 3: Arrange your travel. (Prices vary; savings available)
Book a flight or train well in advance to keep your travel costs low. Click here → http://bit.ly/2mhIwPY to learn more about airline savings available exclusively to National Arts Advocacy Day attendees.
Step 4. Reserve your lodging. (Prices vary; savings available)
Most of the Illinois team will stay in AFTA’s discounted, group-rate rooms at the Omni Sheraton Hotel, where arts advocates from all 50 states will convene for AFTA’s advocacy training (Mar 20).
*IMPORTANT Update: Omni Sheraton Hotel rooms may now be fully booked for National Arts Advocacy Day; AFTA advises inquiring with the Washington Hilton for overflow accommodations. Click here → http://bit.ly/2mhIwPY to learn more and click here for the Washington Hilton’s reservation page. http://bit.ly/2mhWAsO
Step 5. Advocate for the arts! (Priceless)
Once you’ve registered with AFTA and the Illinois team, we will follow-up with more information. As National Advocacy Day gets closer, we will keep you updated with Illinois-specific advocacy information, as well as hold a conference call with the entire Illinois team to ensure everyone is fully prepared.
Plus: National Arts Advocacy Day is only the beginning! We’ll stay with you and help continue your efforts well after we return from Capitol Hill. Use us as a tool and resource in your lifelong fight for arts, culture, and arts education.
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