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What I learned at Arts Advocacy Day

Final federal budget for 2012

Serving as Policy and Research Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, one of my charges is to coordinate research initiatives which illustrate the state of the arts sector in Illinois. My role gives me the opportunity to find new and effective ways to demonstrate what those in the arts community already know and see every day: the arts have tremendous impact.

I went to Arts Advocacy Day because …

Cultural leaders representing organizations of all artistic disciplines and all sizes joined us in Washington, DC this April for National Arts Advocacy Day. We had administrators, educators, funders, and students; veterans of Arts Advocacy Day and first-timers alike.

We asked a few of them why they went. Here's what Patricia Poulter of Eastern Illinois University, Cheryl Yuen of the Arts Alliance Illinois board, and Scott Silberstein of HMS Media told us about their experience.

Arts Advocacy Day: "It makes me a little giddy"

Scott Silberstein is a multi-Emmy-winning writer, producer, composer, and director. With Matt Hoffman, he is the co-founder of HMS Media, a critically acclaimed media company and production ensemble which has earned 15 Emmy Awards and 23 Emmy nominations for creating specials and series for public television. Scott is also a company member of Lookingglass Theatre Company, which received the 2011 Tony Award for Regional Theater.

What happened at Arts Advocacy Day

National Arts Advocacy Day

April 16 & 17, 2012 marked the 25th annual Arts Advocacy Day, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for advocates to speak out for the arts and arts education and be heard by Congress.

NEA awards $2.8 million to 77 Illinois organizations

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts announced its second round of grants in fiscal year 2012, including 928 grants totaling more than $77 million to nonprofit organizations nationwide. How did Illinois do?

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