The Youth Arts Advocacy Exchange is the premier national gathering of young people, representing all arts disciplines, from around the country to develop the next generation of arts leaders. Attendees will learn how to: effectively mobilize in support the arts and arts education, build leadership skills, and network among their peers.

The Youth Arts Advocacy Exchange supports leadership and advocacy training specifically for high school-aged young people.

Adult participation is limited to chaperones accompanying youth registrants and must also be registered for the event, including a completed permission form and registration fee. A young person may still attend if they do not have an adult chaperone but must have their parent or legal guardian’s written consent on the required permission form.

The National Arts Action Summit will take place on March 30-31, 2020 in Washington, DC.  The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event bringing together arts advocates from across the country.  Attendees will attend a full day of advocacy training to learn the latest research and legislative arts priorities from the experts on Monday, March 30. That evening, The Nancy Hanks Lecture at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is sure to inspire and motivate advocates. The following day, March 30, is Arts Advocacy Day when advocates take their passion, knowledge, and stories to Capitol Hill for meetings with their congressional leaders.  Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.  

To learn more, visit the National Arts Action Summit webpage.

The Youth Arts Advocacy Exchange will take place on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Check out the schedule overview here.

Registration will officially launch on November 20, 2019. To let us know you’re interested, please fill out this form. Attendee registrations will be confirmed when both fees and permission forms are submitted.

Registration will close by March 13, 2020 or when the attendee capacity has been reached.

The registration fee for the Youth Arts Advocacy Exchange is $25 per person. The fee includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. All attendees, both youth and adult chaperones, must pay the registration fee.

Yes, all attendees (including adult chaperones) must submit a permission form. Attendees under the age of 18 years old must have a signature from their parent or legal guardian.

Attendee registrations will be confirmed when both fees and permission forms are submitted.

Yes! You must submit a permission form with your legal guardian’s consent.

No, this program is designed for youth participants and their designated chaperones. We encourage you to register for the National Arts Action Summit, where you can get advocacy and legislative training to speak out for the arts and arts education.

Yes, but you must register in addition to your child due to limited space.

Attendee registrations will be confirmed when both fees and permission forms are submitted.

If you have done so, confirmation notices will include receipt and your name badge text approval.

If you have not received a confirmation notice within three weeks of submitting your registration, or if you wish to change your registration information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 202.371.2830.

Attendees needing accommodations including wheelchair access, hearing and visual aids, dietary needs, etc. should indicate those needs on the registration form or may contact us at We ask that you make us aware of your needs as early as possible.

We will announce the location within Washington, D.C. soon!

No, attendees will be expected to travel on their own. If attendees need any special accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible.

We recommend that you use local transportation. We will provide additional travel directions when the event location is confirmed.

Please let us know in your registration form of any special dietary needs or requests.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.