National Arts Advocacy Summit

The National Arts Action Summit, which was held virtually April 5-9, 2021, was a multi-day digital event bringing together arts advocates from across the country. The following week—April 12-16, 2021—was Arts Advocacy Week when advocates met with their congressional leaders bringing their passion, knowledge, and stories to advance policy.


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Americans for the Arts' National Arts Action Summit is held annually and is a multi-day event giving grassroots advocates crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then putting that training into practice during Arts Advocacy Week in meetings with elected officials. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in collaboration with dozens of national, state, and local organizational Partners, the National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Week is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross-section of America's cultural and civic organizations.

Grassroots advocates across the country typically convene for 3 days in Washington, D.C., but during the pandemic (2020 and 2021) conducted all programming through Zoom.  Advocates still learned the latest in arts policy through issue-specific briefings, advocacy training, and networking opportunities. Over these five days, one gains knowledge from policy experts.  Programs are all recorded for future viewing. Session topics include: arts and culture agency funding, arts education, tax policy, COVID-19 relief and recovery, the creative economy, and many more!

Texans for the Arts serves as the "State Captain" managing the Texas delegation and welcomes advocates from across the state to join us in giving voice to the issues that are both national, as well as have a n impact on Texas. TFA leadership helps equip members of the delegation with the training, materials, and support to advocate for arts resources and policies that benefit Texas.