Newsletter: The SAANBox - September 30, 2016


September 30, 2016




National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 11-14, 2016

Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

Arts Advocacy Day
March 20–21, 2017 
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

2017 Annual Convention
June 16 - 18, 2017

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California


SAAN Spring Meeting
March 19, 2017

Washington, DC

SAAN Summer Meeting
June 15, 2017

San Francisco, CA


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




State and Local News

§  In a SAANBox update, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor to reauthorize career and technical education (CTE) programs for high school students on September 13, 2016. As previously reported, H.R. 5587, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, seeks to give greater flexibility around the use of federal funding for CTE programs and increase public-private partnerships that help match workers with technical training and jobs. The bill includes explicit language for new support for integrating arts and design skills training into CTE programs, permitting states and school districts to support CTE programs that integrate arts and design skills. The bill now moves to be considered by the U.S. Senate. Stay tuned for future updates.

§  Great news for California arts education advocates! In an additional SAANBox update,Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 916— also known as the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA!)—into law on September 26, 2016SB 916 was originally introduced by Senator Ben Allen (D-Los Angeles) and was sponsored by SAAN member California Alliance for Arts Education. The new law will now require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue single-subject credentials in theatre and dance. Presently in California, theater and drama teachers cannot teach in their respective fields unless they obtain a credential in PE or English.

§  In Michigan, Kent County voters will be asked on November 8 to approve a new 10-year property tax increase of .44 mills in order to establish a stable funding base for the John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum. If passed, the millage would generate about $8.9 million a year which would then be split evenly between the two institutions. With the additional funding, the zoo will offer discounted admission to senior citizens and free entry to school groups; the museum would offer free admission to children ages 17 and younger as well as discounts for adult and senior tickets. Stay tuned for future news!


SAANBox Recommended Video

Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Council member and State Policy Pilot Program Massachusetts team member Myran Parker-Brass was featured on PBS NewsHour's "When Arts Education Takes Center Stage." The PBSHour story was based off Education Week's Recognition of Leadership in Arts Education spotlight, "Accomplished Singer Leads Boston District's Expansion of the Arts". The PBSHour segment description details:

"After two decades directing education programs at the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra, Parker-Brass made the leap to the public school system, taking over as executive director for the arts in the 58,000-student district. Over the past 5 years, she has helped dramatically increase the number of students in the city who are learning theater, dance, music, and visual arts during the school day. And under her direction, the district has expanded its partnerships with local nonprofits and upped its own investment in arts education from $17 million to $26 million annually.

Education Week Correspondent Lisa Stark reports on how Parker-Brass has helped changed minds across the district and beyond about the value of arts education."

Click here to view the video.

Photo credit: Education Week


Bulletin Board

§  Want to help spread the good word about National Arts and Humanities Month?

#ShowYourArt is a social media campaign designed to engage arts advocates on local, state, and national levels, and to bring awareness of National Arts and Humanities Month to the public. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share images on Instagram (be sure to tag @americans4arts and use #showyourart). We'll repost some of our favorites throughout the month.

This year, the campaign will feature a unique theme every day in October, such as "dance," "art in your town," "tattoos," and many more. Share the theme graphic and challenge yourself, your friends, or your community members to post on as many different themes as you can! Join the fun on Instagram starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

§  It's Council Election Season at Americans for the Arts. Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as an Advisory Council Member Today!

A network is only as strong as the diversity of voices, ideas, and experiences of its members. That's why we are looking for leaders like you to serve as advisory council members on one of our four network councils: Arts Education, Emerging Leaders, Private Sector, and the Public Art Network.
Advisory Council members: 

- Use their expertise to influence network programs/services;
- Gain recognition as national arts leaders; and
- Collaborate, network, and learn from fellow Advisory Council members   

Incoming advisory council members serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2017–December 31, 2019, and advise Americans for the Arts staff on programs and services to build a deeper connection to the field and network membership.
Members and non-members are welcome to submit nominations. Nominees, however, must be members of Americans for the Arts. The last day to submit a nomination is at5:00 pm ET on Friday, October 7, 2016. Once nominees are named, our membership will elect members of the Advisory Councils to represent them.
Learn more information about the 2016 Council elections process and Advisory Council member roles and responsibilities.

Submit your nomination today!

§  New pARTnership Movement Tool-Kit: Partnering with Chambers of Commerce!
How does your mission align with that of your local chamber of commerce, and how can you partner to benefit the arts, business, and community development sectors? A new tool-kit from the pARTnership Movement, based off of interviews with several practitioners in the field, examines how your peers have formed working relationships with their local chambers, and outlines concrete steps and tips for doing the same in your community. Click here to read more

§  The 30th Annual Arts Advocacy Day will take place this spring on March 20–21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Arts Advocacy Day is the largest conference of its kind and is the time to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Registration will launch in December. 

In the meantime, check out the highlights from Arts Advocacy Day 2016 and sign up to stay informed about legislative updates and opportunities to take action.

We look forward to seeing you in March 2017!


Tech Talk

ArtsU Learning Opportunities

§  Arts Advocacy Best Practices with Senator Stan Rosenberg: Pre and Post-Election Activities for 501(c)3 Organizations
Wednesday, October 19 at 3:00 pm ET

Join Americans for the Arts Fellow Senator Stan Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate as he discusses what arts organizations should be doing to prepare for the November elections. Senator Rosenberg will overview pre and post-election activities and highlight what election activities 501(c)3 organizations can legally engage in. The session will be moderated by Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts' Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs.

§  The CREATE Act: Artists, Entrepreneurs, and the Creative Economy
Wednesday, November 2 at 3:00 pm ET

Introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) at Art Advocacy Day on March 8th 2016, theComprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act aims to more thoroughly serve the people, places, and programs that make our nation's creative economy prosper in all its cultural, social, and commercial forms. Through minor adjustments to existing federal programs, the legislation takes steps to better invest in our country's workforce and creative industries, while empowering the entrepreneurial spirit of artists and encouraging their role as contributors to the small business community. Join this webinar to learn more about this bill, its implications and next steps in the legislative process.

Attendees will learn more about the provisions in the CREATE Act and how the bill seeks to empower artists and those in the creative economy across the country. Attendees will also learn how they can take action from home to encourage legislative movement on the bill.


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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