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The Latest Item For Your Government Affairs Committee

Unless your operating environment is under a rock, you’re probably well aware of plans to defund and eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). But were you aware of an executive order signed on 3/13/17 that attempts to provide the Trump administration with a back door to gut those agencies in the event that Congress pushes back? The executive order is the equivalent of a parent telling a child cut the switch they want to be whipped with in that it requires executive agencies […]

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Culture Wars 2.0

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore rising pressure from government sources against arts and culture. The most noticeable example is the Trump administration’s attempt to disband the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), but there are more machinations afoot indicating increased interest in suppressing art and culture, especially if it is in any way deemed politically subversive. The 2/17/2017 edition of the Carroll County Times (MD) published an article by Emily Chappell that reports on a decision by Carroll County Public Schools to remove posters […]

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The Miserable Have No Other Medicine, But Only Hope…And Legislative Lobbying Action

With all the discussions intersecting arts advocacy and political action, it’s worth taking a closer look at the sort of lobbying activities 501(c)(3) nonprofits can participate. And since we’re talking about a topic that clearly crosses the threshold into legal waters, let’s be clear that the information provided here is not legal advice. The purpose of this post is to examine the topic and inspire consideration. You should always consult with an attorney who specializes in these areas before taking action. For some backstory, a reader posted a comment to an ArtsHacker […]

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The Arts Advocacy Assembly Line

Let’s keep the advocacy trend going by taking a closer look at a broader cross-section of resources and tips to help all stakeholders contribute to arts advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. ArtsHacker published an article today by Sarah Marczynski that provides a number of resources to help you establish an effective arts advocacy assembly line to assist with planning campaigns, creating awareness, inspiring engagement and action, then sustaining that momentum. Don’t be one of those stakeholders who says “we’ve tried nothing and we’re all out of ideas.” Be […]

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Government Affairs Committee Action Item Friday

If your organization has a government affairs board committee (spoiler: it should) it has no shortage of action items to address. Here are few that should be on your radar. One item of note comes from a recent Opera America email urging members to contact their members of congress to “share stories about how the charitable deduction supports opera, community initiatives and jobs.” They even provide a link to a form letter with copy urging representatives to preserve existing charitable giving incentives. Another item comes from Guidestar, which published an article by […]

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