The SAANBox - August 2, 2017


August 2, 2017




National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 10-13, 2017

The Peabody Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

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


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




Federal News

U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the STEM to STEAM Act of 2017, which promotes the integration of art and design into the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advancing Informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning program. The bill was introduced on July 20 at a joint briefing hosted by the Congressional STEAM and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucuses on the importance of integrating STEAM into CTE programs.

The bill amends the STEM Education Act of 2015 by directing the NSF to make grants available to support the design and testing of informal STEAM programs to improve educational outcomes, advance the field of STEAM education, and promote creativity and innovation. Informal STEAM programs include: afterschool programs; museums, nature labs, and other exhibition initiatives; and science and technology center community programs, and other out-of-school learning opportunities.

Stay tuned for future SAANBox updates.



State and Local News


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved on August 1 Delaware's state implementation plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Delaware is the first plan advanced to the Secretary for her review and approval; ESSA gives the Secretary of Education final approval of a state's plan. Delaware was the first of 16 states and the District of Columbia to submit their complete consolidated state plan by the first deadline on April 3. The remaining states' plans are due by the second deadline on September 18.


§  On July 31, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced that a new joint project, lead by Downtown SLC Presents, is underway to unite the various arts and cultural activities downtown. "We must ensure the arts and culture are promoted, protected, and are accessible to all people," Mayor Biskupski stated. An initiative long in the making, the City and County of Salt Lake approved the Cultural Core Plan in 2010 to promote and develop arts and culture in the region's downtown area. The City and County of Salt Lake also established in 2010 a taxing district to provide a reliable revenue source for a 20-year period. 

Now with the project underway, an artistic director will be hired to implement the Cultural Core Plan and begin to leverage the downtown arts and culture in creative place-making. In addition to bringing art venues together under a marketing plan, the Cultural Core Plan will increase public arts, revamp underutilized spaces and encourage community participation in the downtown area.

§  In a SAANBox update, King County voters in Washington State rejected Proposition 1 by 55 percent, with 45 percent approvingNamed Access for All, Proposition 1 would have increased the local sales tax by 0.1 percent. The program, which would have generated about $67 million over seven years, was designed to benefit the 19 local school districts to fund art, science, and heritages programs as well as arts and cultural organizations in the county. 

While there was no organized opposition, critics of the ballot measure argued that the county needed to focus funds to address the region's homelessness, mental health services, and affordable housing. Opponents of the measure also cited already existing arts funding support through the county's 1-percent-for-public-art program, and starting in 2021, a lodging tax dedicated to the arts will provide an estimated $13 million annually.

§  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on July 21 that the city is seeking local artists to participate in a "Resident Artist Program." The new, community-impact artist residency—made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts grant—will pair 3 artists with city and partner agencies to create art that addresses the issues of community development, veterans, immigrants, and refugees. Managed by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, the artists will be housed within the Office of Veteran's Affairs, the Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities, and BakerRipley and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The artists will receive an honorarium of $7,500, with a $2,500 stipend for a project. Submissions are due by August 20, 2017; applicants will be reviewed by a committee with the selected artists being announced in early September 2017.



SAANBox Recommended Read

Check out "Growing Young Artists: Outreach program facilitates art, self-expression for migrant students" by Marla R. Miller on Rapid Growth. The piece showcases the unique partnership in Michigan between Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Fennville Public Schools, and South Haven Public Schools; the program provides students in summer migrant programs exposure to the arts, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to express themselves in creative ways.



Tech Talk

Arts U Learning Opportunities

§  Membership Briefing: Arts and Economic Prosperity 5
Friday, August 4 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Join us for this 30 minute, members-only call to learn more about our new Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 directly from Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy. We'll provide some top-line findings and tell you more about how your peers use this study!

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts' fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

Please note: to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

If you will be viewing the live event on your smart phone or device, you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 375191.

PresenterRandy Cohen (Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts)

ModeratorBridget Woodbury (Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts)

§  Special Edition Member Briefing: Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm Eastern

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. 

Enacted in 1990, VARA is a United States law granting certain rights to artists, and was the first federal copyright legislation to grant protection to moral rights. During this call, we will review the impact VARA may have on Local Arts Agencies and Public Art Programs, artists, and others who are involved with the development of public art projects. We encourage you to bring your questions! 

Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

If you will be viewing the live event on your smart devises, you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 942747.

(This briefing is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.)

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

Moderators: Patricia Walsh (Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts) andBridget 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!

§  The Influence Checklist: Assessing and Improving Your Advocacy Strategies
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern

As online advocacy tools have grown, the diversity and sheer volume of options has created a challenge for grassroots organizers. Identifying which strategies fit an organization's needs, abilities, and culture becomes an annual puzzle. In this program, CMF will walk participants through an exercise to identify 23 tactics to build relationships between your supporters and lawmakers. The program  includes a worksheet allowing participants to assess the individual organization's value and success level for each tactic in order to create a complete advocacy strategic plan.

§  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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