National Action Summit in D.C.

Earlier this week, we led an incredible group of arts leaders and student advocates to Washington D.C. for the Americans for the Arts National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day. On day one at the National Arts Action Summit, we gained valuable tools and resources to become stronger advocates, and were fortunate to witness powerful and inspiring performances from Tony-Award winner and Americans for the Arts Board Member Brian Stokes Mitchell and EGOT winner Rita Moreno, who delivered the Nancy Hanks Lecture after being introduced by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

On the second day of the trip, Arts Advocacy Day, delegates from Ohio met with the offices of all 16 representatives and our 2 senators to share their stories and make the case for increased funding for the NEA from its current level of $155 million to $165.7 million.  We are so grateful to Americans for the Arts for and especially thankful for the arts advocates who joined us for the two-day event. We look forward to building off the momentum of the summit as we continue to work on our advocacy efforts at home in Ohio. We will be working to share what we learned at the summit, and our advocacy efforts will be crucial as we work with a new Governor and new leadership in the General Assembly as they develop the state budget. Click here to check out photos of our amazing Ohio delegation on their visits!

Philip Kim