NEWSLETTER: The SAANBox (Sept. 28)


September 28, 2017




National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 10-13, 2017

The Peabody Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

National Arts Action Summit: Arts Advocacy Day 2018
March 12-13, 2018 
Grand Hyatt
Washington, DC

2018 Annual Convention
June 8 - 10, 2018

Hyatt Regency Denver
Denver, Colorado

National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 9-12, 2018

The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington


SAAN Fall 2017 Meeting
November 2-3, 2017

Denver, CO

SAAN Spring 2018 Meeting 
March 11, 2018 

Grand Hyatt
Washington, DC

SAAN 2018 Summer Meeting
June 15, 2018

Hyatt Regency Denver
Denver, Colorado

SAAN 2018 Fall Meeting 
Dates TBD

Baltimore, MD


If you have any events to be posted, please contact Lizzie Dorman at[email protected].




State and Local News


§  In a SAANBox update, the Utah Board of Education held a special hearing on September 20 for the public to give testimony on the state school board's recent policy to make classes on health, art, physical education, and career awareness optional for middle school students. The hearing was requested by five groups on both sides of the issue, includingState Arts Action Network (SAAN) member Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA), the Utah Education Association [UEA], Uintah School District, the Utah Democratic Party Education Caucus, and a group of parents.

The policy also removes minimum credit requirements for core subjects like math, English and science, leaving up to school district administrators whether, and to what extent, a student is required to enroll in and complete individual subjects. "Schools tend to cut the optional in favor of the required," said UCA Executive Director and SAAN Council Member Crystal Young-Otterstrom, "because our public schools are underfunded."

The middle school policy was adopted back in August with a 9-6 vote; and unless the board decides to reconsider, it will go into effect for the second half of the current academic year.

§  Great news for Massachusetts arts advocates! Today, September 28, the Massachusetts Senate voted to override Governor Charlie Baker's summertime veto to the Mass Cultural Council budget, reversing a 13% cut to the creative community. This unanimous vote in the Senate and the138-14 vote in the House on September 13 officially brings the Mass Cultural Council FY18 budget back to $14 million. 

Back in March, 600 arts and cultural supporters marched to the State House on Arts Matter Advocacy Day to rally for more public investment in the arts. Over the past six months, arts advocates sent thousands of messages to state legislators requesting an override of the governor's veto and resulted in 112 legislators signing onto the Mass Cultural Council Override Letter and committing to the override. 

Congratulations to SAAN member MASSCreative and its partners for their advocacy leadership.


§  In an additional SAANBox update, Oregon's Supreme Court unanimously ruled on September 21 that Portland's arts tax is constitutional, and it concluded that the tax does not violate Oregon's prohibition against a "head tax." Approved by voters in 2012, Portland residents—who are over the age of 18, have income of at least $1,000 per year, and live in a household that is above federal poverty guidelines—must pay  the $35 annual arts tax. The decision comes after a legal battle that lasted more than four years. The tax was also upheld by an appeals court back in 2016. Portlanders who do not pay the $35 annual tax are subject to a late fee.

§  Early voting for elections in North Carolina's Wake County began on September 21, and Raleigh voters have a new transportation bond to consider. The City of Raleigh is proposing a nearly $207-million bond to pay for road projects citywide. The bond would be a property tax increase, which would amount to about $20 more a year for homeowners. The Raleigh plan also includes funding for landscaping and public art. Early voting is happening from now until October 7 with Election Day is October 10. Stay tuned for future SAANBox updates.


ARTicle: Philip Horn Announces Retirement

Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Philip Horn announced that he will retire effective January 2018. Philip came from California to become PCA's executive director in 1993. Under his leadership, the PCA has gained a reputation as a national leader among state arts agencies through a range of achievements and innovations including: developing the PCA's Regional Partnerships and Initiatives to form a robust statewide arts infrastructure; leading the Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) Division, the nation's longest and most comprehensive state arts agency program serving diverse communities; and earning national recognition from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, VSA International, Carnegie Mellon University, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the National Governors Association.

With the assistance of the state's Human Resources' Talent Acquisition team, PCA is conducting a national search for a new executive director. The position has been posted on the state's website here.


SAANBox Recommended Reads


§  Check out Barry's Blog for itsinterview with Americans for the Arts' Chief Operating Officer Mara Walker as part of the blog's Unsung Leaders Series.

§  Americans for the Arts' President and CEO Robert L. Lynch was featured in theInternational City/County Management Association's Public ManagementMagazine's October 2017 issue. In "The Arts Strong Connection," he emphasizes the beneficial economic impact of the arts and culture for local communities. To read the full article, please click here.



Bulletin Board

§  Americans for the Arts is now hiring in its Washington, D.C. office! Please share the following open positions with your community and networks. The open positions are:

Arts Marketing Programs Manager [Close Date: Open Until Filled]
Local Arts Advancement Programs Manager [Close Date: Open 
Until Filled]

§  Americans for the Arts Disaster Preparedness Resource
Are you prepared for emergencies and disasters? Is your arts agency or organization? In the past few years, we've witnessed an increase in both natural and man-made disasters throughout the United States. More and more emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. Often, the arts are one of the first things people turn to in times of need. Make sure you're able to support your community in these tough times. Every arts organization, as well as individual, should have a basic checklist that you can use to help guide your emergency and disaster planning. Click here for a compilation of resources.

§  WHAT'S YOUR ECONOMIC IMPACT? Customized Economic Impact Studies
Arts administrators report that economic impact is the most effective case-making argument when advocating to elected officials and business leaders.Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading provider of customized economic impact studies for the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Our economic impact study service is available to single organizations and events, arts districts, cities and counties, multi-county regions, and entire states. 

We've completed more than 500 studies in the past ten years alone. Our proprietary research methodology includes a highly regarded input-output analysis that is the basis of two Nobel Prizes in economics. The findings from our studies are the most frequently cited statistics used to demonstrate the impact of the arts on the local, state, and national economies. Best of all, our study participation fees start as low as $3,500!

Want to learn more? Contact Ben Davidson (Sr. Director of Research Services) by phone at 202-371-2830 or by e-mail at [email protected].

§  In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, Americans for the Arts is launching a social media campaign intended to highlight personal stories under the hashtag - #ShowYourArt2017.

Building on past campaigns using this hashtag, #ShowYourArt, is a strong platform through which Local Arts Agencies and individuals can work together to raise the visibility of the value of the arts in their lives and in their communities.

Do you dance when no one (or everyone) is looking? Do you sit in the park (or in meetings) and draw? Have a journal filled with words or doodles? Maybe it is a public art piece or art experience that changed the way your community thinks or feels, the way you look at your work, your world or your life.

We would love to have your story as part of our 31 day campaign and beyond.

How to get involved:

1.     Send your NAME, FACEBOOK HANDLE, AFTA MEMBER ID, EMAIL to Ruby Lopez Harper ([email protected]). 
Example: Name: Ruby Lopez Harper, Facebook:, Member ID: 123456, Email: [email protected].

2.     Send a sentence (20-25 words) about how your show your art.
Example: Choreographing musical theater is one of my most fulfilling ways of making art. I love sharing that experience with my kids.

3.     Include an image (Ideally 800 px by 800 px).
Example: I've got a great photo of me carrying my infant daughter while leading a rehearsal.

4.     Give us permission to use your quote and image by including this in your email:"By sending this quote and image, I acknowledge that Americans for the Arts has the right to use the quote, the image or a combination of both for marketing purposes related to National Arts and Humanities Month and other Americans for the Arts promotional purposes."

If you have any questions, contact Ruby Lopez Harper (Director of Local Arts Services) via email ([email protected]) or by phone (202.371.2830, x2079).


Tech Talk

Anytime Learning from ArtsU

§  Special Edition Member Briefing:  An Overview of Disaster Response Information and Resources

Presenters: Ruby Lopez Harper (Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts) and Kate McClanahan (Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts)

Moderator: Bridget Woodbury (Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts)

§  Special Edition Member Briefing: Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA)
Join Americans for the Arts and PAN Council Chair and lawyer Sarah Conley Odenkirk to discuss the implications that the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), 17 U.S.C. § 106A can have on your work in the public art field. 

Presenter: Sarah Conley Odenkirk (Attorney, Law Office of Sarah Conley Odenkirk)

Moderators: Patricia Walsh (Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts) and Bridget Woodbury (Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts)

§  BCA 10 Business in Action 2017
Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from 2017 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community!

Learn how businesses are partnering with the arts programmatically to fuel community development, and determine the best tools, talking points, and approaches for starting conversations with businesses in your community. Also, consider the businesses in your community that are supportive of the arts, and consider nominating them for the 2018 BCA 10 award to honor their commitments to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen your relationship with them.

Presenters: Peter Shaindlin (Chief Operating Officer, Halekulani Corporation), Nancy Rogers (Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and President, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group)

Moderator: Jessica Gaines (Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator, Americans for the Arts)

§  Member Briefing: Arts and Education
Hear directly from Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager about the latest in arts ed policy at all levels. Join us for this members only 30 minute call to discuss our Statement on Arts Education directly with Americans for the Arts staff. They will discuss the latest updates, implications for arts, and what you can do.

Presenter: Jeff Poulin (Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts)

Moderator: Bridget Woodbury (Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts)

Upcoming Free Webinars from Congressional Management Foundation

Mark your calendar for "The Complete Citizen-Advocate's Toolkit", the first of a four-part series presented by Brad Fitch, President of the Congressional Management Foundation in partnership with VoterVoice's 2017 Advocacy Success webinar series. Space is limited so please register ASAP!

How do your advocate messages move from back office to Member's office?
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Be one of the first to hear CMF survey results from Legislative Correspondents about how their office handles your advocacy messages. Learn what it takes to get on the mail report and how advocacy organizations can make their communication campaigns more effective.


Call for Spotlight Submissions

The SAANBox invites its readers to submit recommendations for future SAANBox Spotlight profiles!

We invite you to recommend an individual or program that does noteworthy work in arts and/or arts education advocacy at the state or local level to be highlighted in the SAANBox.

Please send all submissions to Lizzie Dorman at [email protected]. With your recommendations, please include a contact name and email address of the nominated individual and/or program for follow-up.






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