Annual National Gathering Features Special Day For the Arts

What a difference a day makes (with a bow to Dinah Washington), especially when it’s a day devoted to advocating for the arts.

Monday, March 7th kicked off Arts Advocacy Day, sponsored nationally by Americans For The Arts. The organization presented The National Arts Action Summit in Washington DC, with two days of training, lectures and workshops for more than 500 grassroots advocates from every state in the country.

Their mission: “… to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.”

In partnership with more than 85 national arts organizations, Americans For The Arts assembled a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Apart from the summit conference agenda, the schedule also enabled advocates to meet with their members of Congress on Tuesday to seek support for arts issues.

Nevada’s support of the arts is part of that national mosaic. With organizations such as Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Arts Advocates, and The Smith Center, arts advocacy is not limited to one day. But this special day makes it a two-way street. It not only allows all cultural organizations and their allies to make their voices heard in support of the arts, but provides access, training and feedback to help the arts flourish.

Could it be that, for one day each year, Americans for the Arts is changing the MGM Studios motto, "Art for art's sake," and making it “Advocacy for art’s sake”?

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