June 21, 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].




State and Local News


§  Washington's state tax incentive for film productions is scheduled to sunset at the end of June 2017 with its future uncertain. State Representative Marcus Riccelli (Spokane-D) is the primary sponsor of House Bill 1527 to extend as well as expand the film tax incentive. which has been in effect since 2002. About 200 jobs in Spokane are reliant upon the film tax credit program, where the television series Z Nation is produced.

That bill currently sits in the Finance Committee as the Washington state legislature is in its second special session. The companion Senate bill waits in the Ways and Means Committee. Both bills have strong bipartisan support and await an agreement on the state's 2017-19 operating budget. 

§  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker publicly stated, while visiting the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, on June 12 that, "to attract talent and develop Wisconsin's workforce, it's important to invest in a local, 'creative economy'." Governor Walker also said that he and other governors were visiting the White House on June 15 to discuss workforce issues and said, "So, we need his attention, we need his focus on important issues like this."

Related, SAAN Member Arts Wisconsin is leading the advocacy campaign for Wisconsin Creates, a new statewide program to invest in Wisconsin's creative industries for economic, educational, and civic success. Wisconsin Creates has been introduced in the 2017 legislative session as Senate Bill 284. The bill would establish a creative economy development grant through the Wisconsin Arts Board within the Department of Tourism. State Senator Sheila Harsdorf and Representative Warren Petryk are the lead sponsors of the bill to create this program. Stay tuned for future SAANBox updates.


§  Austin City Council has approved a plan to help the city's artists afford to keep their live, work, and performance spaces. The Art Space Assistance Program was developed in response to Mayor Steve Adler's 2016 Music Omnibus Resolution that promoted the importance of preserving and increasing Austin's affordable arts spaces. The program will allow arts nonprofits to apply for $50,000 grants to bring their venues up to compliance with city code. The program also will allow groups, ranging from musicians to dancers to writers to architects, to apply for rent stipends of $35,000. 

In addition, the city will ask landlords to include provisions in their leases on performing spaces that they will not raise rents after building improvements are made. City staff will also ask applicants to submit copies of their leases or letters of intent to renew. If those terms are shorter than three years, nonprofits will have to supplement their applications with a three-year business plan.

This pilot program is being funded with $200,000 from the City of Austin's general fund. The city plans to accept applications from arts nonprofits through August 1, with grant awards set to be announced on August 31.

§  To address the displacement of the city's artist community, Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture released its "CAP Report: 30 Ideas for the Creation, Activation and Preservation of Cultural Space." Curated by developers, city employees, and creatives, the proposal outlines ideas that include giving developers financial incentives to make room for affordable arts spaces, to requiring developers who displace one cultural organization to replace it with another.

Matthew Richter, the city's cultural space liaison, said, "The goal of CAP is to shift the way the development community thinks about cultural space." He also stated, "Those are the constituencies who created value in this town, and now are being displaced by the value they created."


Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Report Released


Americans for the Arts announced its new national study, Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 (AEP5), which finds that the nation's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015. $63.8 billion of the spending was contributed by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.

AEP5 documents the economic contributions of the nonprofit arts industry nationally as well as in 341 study regions, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data was gathered from 14,439 arts and cultural organizations and from 212,691 members of their audiences. Project economists customized input-output models for each study region to ensure reliable and actionable localized results.

AEP5 is the largest study of its kind ever conducted and was released on June 17 at Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention in San Francisco. The full report, a map of the 341 study regions and a two-page economic impact summary for each, its partners and sponsor details, a sample PowerPoint presentation, and a media toolkit for advocates can be found atwww.AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact.


Bulletin Board

Thank you to all SAAN members who attended the Summer 2017 meeting events on June 15-16, 2017 in San Francisco, CA! All meeting materials will soon be available to view and download on the SAAN members-only web portal. If you have any questions, please contact Lizzie Dorman ([email protected]).


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: http://www.animatingdemocracy.org/aesthetic-perspectives.

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 [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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