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July 5, 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




State and Local News


§  California Governor Edmund "Jerry" G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget on June 27, 2017 that included a $6.8 million permanent increase in funding for the California Arts Council (CAC); its total budget will be over $15.1 million in permanent general fund allocations. Last year, the CAC received its additional $6.8 million as a one-time increase. The budget also includes $750,000 in an ongoing allocation to directly support increased arts programming for youth engaged in California's juvenile justice system, as well as an additional $2 million increased allocation for California's Arts in Corrections program. SAAN member Brad Ericksonwas quoted and said that the governor, "has set an new baseline for its future funding. What this really means is that the excellent programs begun last year with these funds will continue." Congratulations to SAAN members Californians for the Arts andCalifornia Arts Advocates for their advocacy leadership!

§  In a SAANBox update, the Ohio Arts Council's state budget appropriation will total $29.3 million dollars for FY 2018-2019. Governor John Kasich signed the $133 billion, two-year state budget into law late in the evening on June 30, 2017, which took effect on July 1, 2017. In a tight budget year for the state where over $1 billion of spending had to be cut from agencies, arts funding remained intact with no cuts. Congratulations toSAAN member Ohio Citizens for the Arts for its advocacy leadership!

§  Senate Bill S4999D passed both the New York state Senate and Assembly on June 22, 2017. The bill includes a tax incentive to boost women and minority TV writers and directors. The new tax credit of up to $5 million would be allocated in the state's next budget to incentivize TV shows to employ writers and directors who are women and/or people of color. State Senator Marisol Alcantara and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo were the main co-sponsors of the bill. In addition, SB S4999D inspired nearly identical legislation that is in process within the California state legislature. The bill now awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo's review.


§  In an additional SAANBox update, the city of Atlanta agreed not to enforce an ordinance that would require street artists to obtain a series of approvals to retain murals that already exist or to paint new pieces of artwork. After a lawsuit was filed challenging the ordinance by a group of local artists and property owners, the city backed down as part of a consent order signed on June 23, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg. Previously, Atlanta had passed a public art ordinance requiring artists and property owners to go through a multi-step application process in order to retain artwork that already existed by June 9, 2017 or they would face possible prosecution and the elimination of already existing murals on their own property. The city also agreed to pay the plaintiffs damages of $500 each, with attorney fees yet to be decided, as part of the settlement.

§  Chicago has commissioned artists to create murals, sculptures, and other works in all of the city's 50 wards this summer and fall. The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project is a $1 million initiative part of the "Year of Public Art," a citywide effort to bring art to more public spaces. The initiative's partners include: the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Transit Authority. DCASE also, in collaboration with the Department of Family and Support Services, has set aside opportunities for a Public Art Youth Corps paid internship program as part of One Summer Chicago. Launching this year, youth and young adults will be matched with community organizations to work on public art projects in neighborhoods across the city.


The United States Conference of Mayors 2017 Adopted Resolutions


The United States Conference of Mayors' Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports Committee unanimously adopted 8 arts and arts education policy resolutions during the week of June 28, 2017
. The resolutions are: 

1.    Access to Creative Youth Development for At-Risk Youth
2.    Arts Education as a Strategy for Education Reform at the State and Local Level
3.    Celebrating National Arts in Education Week
4.    Preserving Charitable Giving Incentives
5.    Economic Impact Study of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry
6.    National Arts and Humanities Month
7.    Arts Funding for FY 2018 Federal Appropriations
8.    Support for the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network

The exact language of the policy resolutions can be found hereThe United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is Americans for the Arts longtime public sector partner, dating back almost 25 years. Each year, Americans for the Arts sponsors an arts breakfast at the USCM's Winter Meeting in Washington, DC where THE Public Leadership in the Arts Award is presented to two mayors (one of a city with a population of 100,000 or greater and one with a population of less than 100,000), a governor, and one or two nationally known artists.

For questions regarding Americans for the Arts' partnership with The United States Conference of Mayors, please contact Nina Ozlu Tunceli (Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund).


Bulletin Board

§  The results are in: Americans for the Arts' fifth Arts & Economic Prosperity study reveals that the nonprofit arts industry generates $166 billion in economic activity, supporting 4.6 million jobs nationally and generating $27.5 billion in government revenue. Dive in to AEP5 and learn why the arts mean business! #AEP5

§  In commemoration of this year's Fourth of July holiday, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch wrote "The Arts and Veterans: A Mighty Force" in the Huffington Post, which reflects on the sacrifices of American service members. In the piece, Lynch discusses how arts programs are providing creative outlets and helping veterans' recoveries and how support for these programs must continue. 

§  Americans for the Arts' Animating Democracy program has released "Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change," a framework to enhance understanding and evaluation of creative work at the intersection of arts and civic engagement, community development, and justice. Free e-books and PDFs, including companion guides for artists, funders, evaluators, educators, and curators, are now available for download.


Tech Talk

Arts U Learning Opportunities

§  Aesthetic Perspectives: What's Excellence in Arts for Change?
Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 pm Eastern

What is excellence in Arts for Change?  Arts for Change—creative work at the intersection of community/civic engagement, community development, and justice—often challenges the conventional terms by which the arts are described and assessed. Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, worked with artists and their allies to develop a framework designed to enhance understanding and evaluation of Arts for Change.

Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change features 11 aesthetic attributes of excellence defined by artists that can be observed across a spectrum of community engaged arts and culture. The framework aims to: elevate aesthetics, address inequity resulting from historical domination of Euro-American aesthetic standards, expand criteria for assessing civically and socially engaged art, and promote deeper appreciation for the rigor required for such work.  It offers guidance for discussing artists' approaches to work, the qualities of the work as experienced by audiences and participants, and the connections of art to context.  

This webinar introduces the framework and offers an opportunity for exchange around the often elusive and challenging topic of artistic excellence. Participants will learn how artists and funders have already put Aesthetic Perspectives to use and imagine how it might help meet agency interests and the artist and communities they serve.  Check out the framework materials in advance, if you like, at:

Presenters: Pam Korza (Co-Director, Animating Democracy) and Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director, Animating Democracy

§  Membership Briefing: Americans for the Arts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update
Monday, July 24 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Join us for this members only 30 minute call to discuss Americans for the Arts' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work directly with Americans for the Arts staff and board members. We'll update you with the latest news, our position on the issue, and actions you can take right away.

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.

The Statement

To support a full creative life for all, Americans for the Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation.

Read the full statement.

PresentersAbel Lopez (Board Chair, Americans for the Arts), Mara Walker (Chief Operating Officer, Americans for the Arts), and Clay Lord (Vice President of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts)

ModeratorBridget 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 to Remedy "Advocacy Apathy"
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern
Motivating advocates can be extremely challenging. Through the media, Internet, even Hollywood, citizens are bombarded with the message that their voices don't make a difference in our democracy. Moreover, some grassroots networks are just worn out – either because previous efforts have been unsuccessful or the legislative process grinds too slowly. This presentation will provide advocacy professionals tools and strategies for working with their grassroots advocates. It will offer CMF research to help organizations convince their supporters that their voices make a difference, and provide tools to turn citizen-slouches into citizen-SUPER-advocates!

§  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 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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