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Arts Advocacy Day conference

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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 13:45:16 -0800


FYI.
Jeanne

M E M O R A N D U M

February 5, 1999

To: Americans for the Arts Advocacy Listserv Members
From: Bob Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Nina Ozlu, VP of Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts
Re: Arts Advocacy Day conference on March 15-16, 1999

I am writing to invite you to register for this year's Arts
Advocacy Day conference, which will take place on March 15-16, 1999,
in Washington, DC, with grassroots activities taking place throughout
the country during the same time period. The registration fee is only
$75 or just $35 for students. Arts Advocacy Day is hosted by
Americans for the Arts and is co-sponsored by more than 50 national
arts, humanities and civic organizations.

This year, arts advocates have a real opportunity and
responsibility to realize an increase in federal appropriations for
the NEA as well as reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act to ensure a national commitment to support comprehensive
school improvements that include the arts in the core curriculum. For
the past four years, we surprised political pundits from
coast-to-coast by beating the odds against a massive campaign by the
radical right to kill the NEA. But, we are past this point
today...it's time to move forward. It's time to harness the same
focussed energy and coordinated grassroots efforts that we previously
used to save the NEA, but now it's time to increase its budget.

We have a challenging new agenda and new players to educate:
* New Speaker of the House, Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
* 40 new freshman members in the House and 8 new freshman members in
the Senate
* New chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Bill
Young (R-FL)
* New Ranking Democrat of the House Interior Appropriations
Subcommittee, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA). Rep. Sidney Yates retired last
year.
* Four new members on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee,
responsible for setting the first critical mark of the FY '2000 NEA
funding level: Reps. Bud Cramer (D-AL); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Jack
Kingston (R-GA); and John Peterson (R-PA)
* The nation needs to enter the new Millennium with an increased
FY'2000 arts budget.

On February 1st, President Clinton gave the arts community an
impressive budget target of $150 million for the NEA (53% increase).
NEA Chairman Bill Ivey has created a bold new initiative, CHALLENGE
AMERICA, to justify the proposed budget increase. CHALLENGE AMERICA
will use $50 million of the increase to fund arts programs that
specifically strengthen America's communities through arts education,
youth-at-risk programs, preservation, community partnerships, and
access to underserved areas. It's now up to us to help advance this
agenda to our congressional leaders.

Arts Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for a broad
cross-section of our nation's cultural leaders and advocates to come
together in order to underscore the importance of developing strong
cultural public policies and appropriating long-term public funding
for the arts and arts education. Attached, you will find a tentative
agenda and registration form. If you're interested in attending,
please make your hotel reservations at the Doyle Hotel no later than
February 19th. Call 1-800-42-DOYLE and ask for the "Americans for the
Arts" room block rate of $119/night.

National co-sponsors for Arts Advocacy Day are currently helping
to shape the conference. As it stands, the conference will kick off
on Monday, March 15, 1999, with an arts education advocacy training
workshop in the morning, followed by Congressional panels and arts
advocacy workshops in the afternoon. On Monday evening, Americans for
the Arts will present our 12th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and
Public Policy at the Kennedy Center, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning
playwright Wendy Wasserstein. On March 16th, we will start the day
with a lively Congressional Arts Breakfast and Youth Arts Showcase,
followed by legislative briefings with key legislators and then
conclude with a reception in the Senate. Registrants will have much
of the day to conduct lobbying visits with their Members of Congress.

Arts Advocacy Day '99 is also sponsored by the Congressional
Member Organization for the Arts and several Members will be involved
in the day's events. To maximize arts leadership participation,
AAD'99 will also be held in conjunction with several national
convenings including the board meetings of Americans for the Arts,
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, State Arts Advocacy League
of America, Art Table, and National Council of United Arts Funds.

We hope to see you in Washington this March. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nina Ozlu, Vice President
of Government Affairs at (202) 371-2830.

A R T S A D V O C A C Y D A Y R E G I S T R A T I O N F O R M
M A R C H 1 5 - 1 6, 1 9 9 9

Registration fees for the Arts Advocacy Day (AAD'99) conference
events are just $75 per person or $35 per student, which includes
participation in arts advocacy training workshops; the Nancy Hanks
Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, featuring Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Wendy
Wasserstein; Congressional Arts Breakfast on Capitol Hill; Legislative
Briefings; Senate Arts Reception and many more events! (Registration
cancellations must be made in writing by March 1, 1999 to receive
refunds.)

H O T E L I N F O R M A T I O N

The official conference hotel headquarters is the brand new,
4-star Doyle Washington Hotel in the heart of Dupont Circle at 1500
New Hampshire Avenue, NW; Washington, DC. (Dupont Circle Metro stop
on the red line). To make reservations, please call 1-800-42-DOYLE,
ask for reservations or our sales representative, Stephanie. To
secure our special rate of $119/night for single or double occupancy,
please make your reservations by Friday, February 19, 1999. Ask for
the room block rate for "Americans for the Arts."

L O B B Y I N G V I S I T S

Americans for the Arts and the National Co-Sponsors of Arts
Advocacy Day will offer various professional development and
leadership opportunities for first-time registrants and our more
experienced advocates to pair up with arts lobbyists on Arts Advocacy
Day this coming year. Please check the appropriate information below.

[] I am attending Arts Advocacy Day for the first time and I'd prefer
to make Congressional visits with others.
[] I am attending Arts Advocacy Day for the first time and I will be
scheduling my own Congressional visits.
[] I have attended Arts Advocacy Day in the past and I will be
scheduling my own Congressional visits.
[] I have attended Arts Advocacy Day in the past and I would like to
lead a group of advocates with me.
[] I have attended Arts Advocacy Day in the past and I am already
leading a group of advocates on visits.

R E G I S T R A T I O N

Name:_____________________________________________
Title:____________________________________________
Organization:_____________________________________
Street Address:___________________________________
City:_____________________________________________
State:____________________________________________
Zip:______________________________________________
Phone:____________________________________________
Fax:______________________________________________
E-mail:___________________________________________

Number of Arts Advocacy Day Conference Registrants @$75/person
____ x $ 75 = $_____

Special Student Registrations Rates for Arts Advocacy Day @ 35/person
____ x $ 35 = $_____

(Please make copies of this form to register addit'l individuals and
staple form to 1st Registrant's form.)

P A Y M E N T I N F O R M A T I O N

[] Enclosed is a check for $__________ made payable to Americans for
the Arts.

[] Charge $____________ to my (check one) [] AmEx [] Visa [] MC

Card Number ___________________________________ Expiration _________
Name on Card __________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________________


To receive advance AAD'99 kit materials, please register by February
26, 1999 to: Nina Ozlu; VP of Government Affairs; Americans for the
Arts; 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW; 12th Floor; Washington, DC 20005
Ph: 202.371.2830 Fax: 202.371.0424 Email: nozlu

C O N F E R E N C E A G E N D A Arts Advocacy Day '99
M O N D A Y, M A R C H 1 5, 1 9 9 9

9:00am - 5:00pm
Arts Advocacy Day Registration
Doyle Washington Hotel @ 1500 New Hampshire Ave (Foyer of Doyle A
meeting room)
=== Metro stop: Dupont Circle (red line)

10:00am - 12:00pm
Arts Education Advocacy Training Workshop
(Doyle A Room, Doyle Washington Hotel @ 1500 New Hampshire Ave)
=== Metro stop: Dupont Circle (red line)

1:30pm - 5:00pm
Arts Advocacy Day Training Workshops
(Doyle A Room, Doyle Washington Hotel @ 1500 New Hampshire Ave)
=== Metro stop: Dupont Circle (red line)

6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy
(Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater - Free, No Ticket Required)
(Arrive early)
=== Metro stop: Foggy Bottom (orange & blue lines), then pick-up the
Kennedy Center shuttle
* This year's lecturer is Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Wendy
Wasserstein. Presented by Americans for the Arts.

7:30pm - 8:30pm
Post-Lecture Reception
(Kennedy Center - Atrium on 2nd Floor)
=== Metro stop: Foggy Bottom (orange & blue lines), then pick-up
Kennedy Center shuttle

T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 1 6, 1 9 9 9
Morning
Arts Advocacy Day materials delivered to every Congressional Office

8:30am - 11:00am
Arts Advocacy Day On-Site Check-In
(Cannon House Caucus Room Foyer @ Independence & New Jersey Aves, SW)
=== Metro stop: Capitol South (orange & blue lines)

8:30am - 11:00am
Congressional Arts Breakfast and Youth Arts Showcase
(Cannon House Caucus Room @ Independence & New Jersey Aves, SW)
=== Metro stop: Capitol South (orange & blue lines)

11:00am - 5:00pm
Lobbying Visits
* Regional/state/community delegation and one-on-one meetings
* National Co-Sponsor delegation meetings

mid-afternoon
Congressional Sing-A-Long (optional)
(Location: TBD) Sponsored by the American Federation of Musicians

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Arts Advocacy Day Reception
(Senate location to be announced)
=== Metro stop: Union Station (red line)
* Sponsored by Art Table, Americans for the Arts
* Drop-off Congressional Visit Response Forms