Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy
After a full day of lectures, networking, and training, Arts Advocacy Day attendees gathered with hundreds more arts advocates to attend the 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. This year's lecture was delivered by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, with opening remarks by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, formal introductions and a Q&A by Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden, and a special performance by the incomparable artist Anna Deavere Smith. You can watch Darren Walker's lecture below, or read a trascript of his lecture here.
Congressional Arts Kick-Off
The Congressional Arts Kick-Off marks the official start of the Arts Advocacy Day events on Capitol Hill. At this event, the Congressional Arts Leadership Award was presented to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The award, which recognizes distinguished service on behalf of the arts, is part of a series of Public Leadership in the Arts Awards given annually by Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors. After the Congressional Arts Kick-Off, advocates met with their Senators and Members of Congress to discuss federal legislation issues, share their arts stories, and build relationships. Our advocates had over 400 face-to-face meetings with Congressional leaders and staff.
View all the speeches from Arts Advocacy Day on the Americans for the Arts YouTube channel.
For a list of speaker's slides, the Congressional Arts Handbook, and additional resources from Arts Advocacay Day, check out our 2017 Tools & Resources Page.
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