Supporting the Creative Life Across the Political Spectrum

Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

The arts as a field are predominantly associated with liberal viewpoints, but we must support the creative life for all. How do we work on a bipartisan basis with all elected officials?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, grantmaking, private sector engagement, public art, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.


Antonio Allegretti
Executive Director
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida

Tony Allegretti has served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville since 2014. From 2014 to 2016 the economic impact of grant funded organizations served by the Cultural Council has grown from $58,000,000 to $77,000,000, and from 21 organizations to 25. Art in Public Places has advocated and earned nearly $2 million in public art funding, including new works in underserved neighborhoods. This represents a nearly 5000% increase in public art investment from the previous decade. The Cultural Council has also invested more than $250,000 in grants and professional development to local artists and ushered in another $150,000 specifically for diversity and inclusion and access to art and culture for all. Previous to leading the Cultural Council, Tony has created multiple events including the First Wednesday Art Walk and was the founding manager of the Riverside Arts Market.
Sarah Gonzales Triplett
Director of Policy
Creative Many Michigan
Lansing, Michigan

Sarah Gonzales Triplett, Director of Public Policy for Creative Many Michigan, strategically directs advocacy and public policy initiatives, leads research, communications, education, grassroots organizing and coalition building to advance policies and sustainable funding to build support for the arts, culture, arts education and the creative industries at the state and federal level. In addition, Triplett leads the development of the Creative State Michigan Nonprofit report which uses DataArts research to demonstrate the incredible impact Michigan’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations bring to Michigan’s economy, the vibrancy of our communities, education of our children and audiences of all ages. Triplett serves as a member of the State Arts Advocacy Network for Americans for the Arts and has been elected to serve on the SAAN Council for a three year term beginning in 2014-15. She joined Creative Many in 2013.

Mick Bullock
Public Affairs Director
National Conference of State Legislatures
Washington, District of Columbia

Mick is the director of public affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Bullock is based in the Washington, D.C. office and is responsible for NCSL's digital media, video and media relations.

Before joining NCSL, Bullock served as communications director for Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. He also served as Bryant's Communication Director for the offices of lieutenant governor and state auditor.

Bullock has more than 15 years of communications experience. He has served on the Mississippi crisis communications team following Hurricane Katrina and has served as the director of the National Lt. Governors Association Conference held in Mississippi in 2010.

Mick received his BA in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and his MBA from Belhaven College.

Richard Stein
President & CEO
Arts Orange County
Irvine, California

Rick is President & CEO of Arts Orange County, the official nonprofit countywide arts agency, located in Irvine, California, which provides a robust programmatic menu as well as consulting and project management services to a wide range of clients. Now completing his third term as President of the Boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, sister organizations building public will for the arts statewide, Rick helped lead successful advocacy efforts resulting in major funding increases for the California Arts Council as well as favorable arts legislation. During his long career as a theatre producer and director, he is known for transforming the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach over 17 years as its Executive Director into a major professional theatre. He holds degrees from Columbia and Syracuse Universities, served on the League of Resident Theatres Executive Committee, and has authored six articles for AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.