National Arts Action Summit

Join us in Washington, D.C. for the 2020 National Arts Action Summit!

National Arts Action Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to fight for the arts and arts education directly to Congress. Organized by Americans for the Arts, this two-day event starts with a day of interactive training sessions that give you the knowledge and skills to lobby Congress on behalf of pro-arts policies. The next day we head to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Illinois congressional delegation and their staff to talk about the importance of the arts, culture, and creativity.

By joining the Alliance's delegation, you will be equipped with the training, resources, and support to advocate for arts resources and policies that benefit Illinois.

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March 30-31, 2020
Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

Follow the steps below to register for the Illinois Team

For questions, please contact Libia Bianibi at

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Registration ranges from $125 and up. Your AFTA registration fee includes:
  • Three (3) full meals 
  • Advocacy training and networking (Mar 30)
  • The Nancy Hanks Lecture at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Mar 30)
  • The Congressional Arts Kick Off event (Mar 31)

Your Illinois Team registration fee gives you access to:
  • Advocacy 101 training workshop and coaching
  • Illinois-specific advocacy materials and talking points
  • Scheduled meetings with Congressional staff
  • Onsite coordination and logistical support in D.C.
  • Organized small groups (4 to 5 participants) led by experienced advocates
  • Scheduled networking opportunities to connect with the rest of the Illinois Team

Registration is $100, Alliance Members receive a discounted fee of $75Click here to join the Alliance today.

Due to the schedule of National Arts Action Summit, we recommend you arrive Sunday evening (3/29) or Monday morning (3/30) and depart Tuesday evening (3/31) after 6pm EST or Wednesday (4/1). Book your travel well in advance to keep costs low. Let us know if you want to connect with other Illinois team members to explore travel options.

Most of the Illinois team will stay in AFTA’s discounted, group-rate rooms at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. Hotel, where arts advocates from all 50 states will convene for AFTA’s advocacy training (Mar 30). The deadline to make reservations is February 21, 2020; after this date, rooms will only be able to be reserved on a space and rate availability basis. 

Step 5: Get ready!
Once you’ve registered with AFTA and the Illinois Team, we will follow-up with more information. As the National Arts Action Summit gets closer, we will keep you updated with Illinois-specific advocacy information, as well as hold advocacy trainings with the entire Illinois team to ensure everyone is fully prepared.

Ways to save
Want to participate in the National Arts Action Summit but have financial limitations? Let us know. We will do as much as we can to help bring this important opportunity within reach, and we can work with you to find the best ways to help make it affordable.

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Questions? Please contact Libia Bianibi at or 312-855-3105 ext. 16