Advocacy Mini-Bootcamp for Local Arts Leaders

Saturday, June 16, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

At both a local and federal level, what are the ways that LAAs can safely participate in decisionmaker education, and what resources are available to help? In this workshop, join the head of the Arts Action Fund and one of our strongest and most experienced localized advocates, for a mini-bootcamp on advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the boundaries of advocacy, lobbying, and decisionmaker education.
  2. Learn about resources and training opportunities available to you to become a stronger arts advocate.
  3. Network with others interested in local-level arts advocacy, and hear about national efforts to pursue coordinated local action with federal impacts.



Sofia Klatzker
Executive Director
Arts for LA
Los Angeles, California

Sofia Klatzker is Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture across government, education, business, and community life. Under her leadership, the ACTIVATE advocacy leadership training program doubled in size and now represents 226 leaders; created a new mobile website connecting Arts for LA’s 60,000 members with local officials; surveys candidates across all local elections; and launched a campaign to register arts and cultural organizations to become polling stations. She has over 17 years experience advocating for and implementing arts policies, arts education, and grant making. Sofia currently serves on the boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, and serves on both the California Alliance for Arts Education’s Policy Council, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network Advisory Council. Sofia received her B.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director
Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Washington, District of Columbia

Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. Since 1993, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local government and public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2009, she spearheaded the very successful “Arts = Jobs” advocacy campaign that strategically secured $50 million of federal support for more than 7,000 arts jobs and millions of dollars more for arts infrastructure projects within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Nina has produced several programmatic events, including National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill; the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the National Public Leadership in the Arts Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Serving simultaneously as the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected Political Action Committee, the only dedicated arts PAC in America, Nina mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 300,000 citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues among legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She recently completed ArtsVote2016, culminating with high profile arts policy events at both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in French Literature, and of The University of Richmond School of Law with a J.D. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.