On March 22, Arts Advocacy Day, organized by ArtsActionDC, will bring together DC arts, humanities, and creative economy practitioners to stress the importance of funding for cultural programming as the City Council and Mayor determine funding allocations for FY18.
ArtsActionDC has two main asks:
  1. $25mil+ for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and
  2. Development of a new funding cohort for the Commercial Arts/Professional Services sectors of the creative economy that will stimulate/support workforce development, infrastructure, and entrepreneurship.

HumanitiesDC is supplementing their advocacy to ensure that the humanities, heritage, and preservation are not excluded from these conversations with City Councilmembers. Event details are below.

WHO: You and other cultural leaders in the District of Columbia
WHAT: Inclusion of the Humanities, Heritage, and Preservation in Arts Advocacy Day
WHERE: The John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

WHEN: March 22, 201711AM-5PM with a Politics & Art reception to follow (You may stay as long or little as you like. We are deeply appreciative of any time you dedicate to this effort.)

WHY: The arts, humanities, heritage, and preservation contribute to the creative economy and our city’s vibrancy. Adequate funding for these activities is critical as the city develops a cultural plan.

Humanities, heritage, and preservation activities preserve artists’ legacies and nurture creativity – but are often overlooked in discussions on the creative economy. We need your help to ensure they are included as part of any funding towards the creative economy and as part of every conversation on DC’s cultural vibrancy.

Join us afterwards for Politics & Art: A Jam Session at the Wilson Building, an event celebrating the contributions of local movers, shakers, and creators—featuring a performance by HumanitiesDC board member and founder of Double Nickels Theatre, Toni Ford.