The SAANBox - October 18, 2017


October 18, 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].




Federal and State News



Second Lady Karen Pence announced on October 18, 2017 the goals she wants to accomplish through her art therapy initiative, Healing with the HeART, at Florida State University (FSU), which has a nationally acclaimed art therapy graduate education program. In early May 2017, Mrs. Pence held a brainstorming session at the White House with a group of art therapy practitioners, art therapy clients, academics, and medical experts which helped develop the initiative. 

Mrs. Pence said, "I chose one initiative to champion, and it is art therapy, which is near and dear to my heart. It is evident when I visit art therapy programs across the United States and world, that art therapy is making a positive difference. From children with cancer, to struggling teens, to grieving families, to people with autism, to military service members experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, to those with eating disorders, art therapy is changing lives. Unfortunately, art therapy is not well-known, but I hope to change that."

Healing with the HeART's goals are: to elevate the profession so that people understand that art therapy is a mental health profession, and not arts and crafts; to help people understand that art therapy is an option for various conditions, illnesses, and life experiences; and to encourage young people to go into the profession.

To learn more about Mrs. Pence's initiative, click here.


§  The Utah State Board of Education voted on October 12, 2017 to pause a board rule changing state requirements for seventh- and eighth-graders. Approved by a 9-6 vote in August, the new rule would have dropped the arts, health, physical education, digital education, and college and career readiness as core requirements for seventh- and eighth-graders. After a three-hour public meeting in September, dozens of students, parents, school administrators, and SAAN member Utah Cultural Alliance urged the board to reverse course; the board directed state education officials to hold off reporting the rule's effective date to the Utah Office of Administrative Rules. The board further directed that the rule be returned to its Standards and Assessment Committee for further consideration of issues raised at the public hearing and in written remarks submitted to the board. 

Congratulations to Utah Cultural Alliance for its advocacy leadership and for Utah arts education advocates in the victory!

§  New York Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (District 67 - D) announced on October 16, 2017 that she is introducing legislation to refuse granting film tax credits to production companies who fail to address repeated problems of sexual harassment in the workplaceThe bill would require companies to disclose sexual harassment complaints and settlements going back five years when they apply for tax breaks or other state business incentives. Companies with a poor record of handling harassment would be ineligible for state help. 

In the wake of women coming forward who were sexually harassed and assaulted by film producer Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein Company received at least $426,500 in New York State film production tax credits since 2011. 

Assemblymember Rosenthal commented, "Companies who do business here in New York have a responsibility to provide a safe and assault-free environment for all employees, regardless of gender. We in New York have a responsibility to require proof that they are doing so. The burden on companies to fill out the paperwork required to comply with this new law is not greater than the burden on the victims and society as a whole for turning a blind eye to dangerous, hostile workplaces." 

The Assembly will next convene in January 2018.



In July 2017, the U.S. House passed legislation that includes $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY2018. While they did not follow the Administration's termination proposal, the House budget would give the NEA a $5 million cut from its current funding level of $150 million for FY 2017. Now is a critical moment in the process, since the U.S. Senate proposal is anticipated soon. The House and Senate will then negotiate to arrive at a final bill sometime before year-end. Current funding runs out on December 8.

To amp up support for the #SavetheNEAcampaign, check out Mic's new video featuring Americans for the Arts' Artists Committee members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kal Penn, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, and Julie Andrews.


Listen to podcast Being Boss' Episode #146 of  "Art and Politics" featuring SAAN Council Member Julia Kirt, who is Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts and is running for State Senate. The podcast focuses on advocating for the arts and getting involved in politics to nourish and preserve creativity.


Bulletin Board

§  Don't forget to register for the upcoming Fall 2017 SAAN meeting events in Denver, CO on November 2-3! Quick reminders for the meeting are:

- The SAAN member only meeting will be from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on November 2

On November 3,State Policy Pilot Program Briefing and Summit On Arts Education will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a reception following. The program will consist of a briefing on national policy trends and state-wide advocacy infrastructure to support equitable access to arts education for every student. After a provided lunch, the summit will include breakout sessions on diverse topics consisting of Title I, Statewide Data Collection, Visibility Campaigns, Rural Access, Arts Education Standards, ESSA, and more.

- All events on November 2-3 will take place at the Oxford Hotel.

Please submit your State of the State reports to Lizzie Dorman by Monday, October 30 at 5:00 pm Eastern. State of the State reports are 2-3 paragraphs about legislative updates in your state as well as any new programs and/or successes at your organization. Even if you are not able to attend the in-person meeting, we ask that you please submit your state's report; we will distribute the full compilation of the State of the State reports to the Network and will upload the PDF to the SAAN Members-Only webpage after the in person-meeting. 

- Keep an eye for the final agenda on Friday, October 20!

Please contact Lizzie Dorman with any questions.

§  Americans for the Arts Public Leadership in the Arts Award nominations are now open! For over 20 years, these awards recognize elected officials who advance of the arts and arts education within their communities and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts in America.  

We invite you to submit nominations for three categories: Governor, State Legislator, and Mayor (there are two mayoral awards. One is for a mayor of a city with a population of 100,000 or more and one with a population of less than 100,000). If you have an elected official in your state or community in mind, please take a moment to nominate them using this form by November 13

If you have any questions, please contact Jay Dick.

§  Join us in Washington, D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day 2018 and the 31st Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy on March 12-13, 2018!
Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations along with more than 700 arts advocates from across the country to experience one day of intensive advocacy training from the experts followed by a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress. Registration begins December 5, 2017.

For more information, check out Be sure to check out the Arts Advocacy Day 2017 wrap-up page to see photos, watch videos, and access valuable advocacy resources.    

§  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]

§  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

§  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)

§  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)

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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