Arts advocates meet with Senator Cardin

Arts advocates meet with Senator Cardin


Theresa Colvin, executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council,  and Maryland arts advocates met with Senator Ben Cardin  in Washington, D.C,  April 12-13, for the 23rd annual National Arts Advocacy Day. Americans for the Arts (AFTA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts, coordinated the event. AFTA will celebrate its 50-year anniversary at its national conference in June, scheduled this year in Baltimore.

April 20, 2010Arts Across Maryland

Arts Advocacy Day attendees from across the country met with their members of Congress about the importance of developing strong public policies for the arts, increasing public funding for the arts, and incorporating the arts in education reform.


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi received the 2010 Congressional Arts Leadership Award, one of a series of Public Leadership in the Arts Awards given annually by Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

National Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a cross-section of cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, in order to promote public policies and funding that support the arts.

Excerpt from Americans for the Arts website:

Arts Advocacy Day 2010

Congressional Hearing on Arts Funding Among Highlights as More than 500 Grassroots Arts Advocates Take to the Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC — April 13, 2010 — Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 86 national co-sponsors, celebrates Arts Advocacy Day 2010 today. More than 500 arts advocates from across the country are meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill, calling on Congress to support arts-friendly legislation and policies. A highlight of the day is a congressional hearing entitled “Arts Build Communities” hosted by Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior. Advocacy has been at the core of Americans for the Arts’ history and is one of the many milestones being celebrated during the organization’s 50th anniversary year. Arts Advocacy Day 2010 brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots arts activists.

For the fourth year in a row, Americans for the Arts has assembled witnesses to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior. The witnesses at the “Arts Build Communities” hearing are:

Terri Aldrich, Executive Director, Minot Area Council of the Arts (North Dakota)
Brig. Gen. Nolen V. Bivens, U.S. Army (ret.)
Jeff Daniels, Golden Globe-nominated actor, Founder and Executive Director of Purple Rose Theatre Co.
Kyle MacLachlan, Golden Globe-winning TV, film, and stage actor
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
Charles Segars, CEO, Ovation
Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Written testimony from the witnesses is online at