Notes from Executive Director Amy Fitterer
With the unveiling of President Trump’s proposed budget for FY18, and Arts Advocacy Day yesterday, it continues to be an eventful time here in Washington, DC. Dance/USA is actively responding to developments in federal policy and advocating on behalf of the dance field every day. Please take a moment to read Dance/USA’s Advocacy Update from Thursday, March 16, which outlines where we are in the federal budget process and what action steps you can take. The most important thing right now is that your federal Representatives and Senators hear from you. It is very effective to contact your local legislative offices. Legislators need to hear stories from constituents that demonstrate how the arts make a difference in their districts.
Remember, a substantial portion of the Federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts goes to every State Arts Agency (check out this site for more details). The NEA’s financial support to the states allows each State Arts Agency to disseminate federal dollars in a manner that is responsive to a local environment. So, if the NEA is cut or eliminated, our State Arts Agency system will be significantly impacted.
Dance/USA is an active member in the Performing Arts Alliance, the Cultural Advocacy Group, and the Charitable Giving Coalition, just to name a few important coalitions. Our Government Affairs Director is working every day to track issues and respond quickly on behalf of the dance field. If you have questions related to federal arts advocacy, please contact us! Brandon Gryde, Government Affairs Director, can be reached [via the Dance/USA website].
Finally, I am very much looking forward to our 2017 Annual Conference in the beautiful city of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City, MO is a wonderful mecca for the arts and I am excited to spend several days in June there with all of you!
Have you seen the conference promo video highlighting all Kansas City-area dance artists? If not – check it out here! Then, register for the conference. Early bird rates are ending soon! Register now and SAVE on the fees!