Thursday, June 25, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Advocating to key policymakers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be.
Advocating to key policymakers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. In this special pre-event workshop, Americans for the Arts’ experts will walk you through how to use your individual story, the latest research and data, and some easy tips and tricks to engage with decisionmakers at the federal, state, and local level. You’ll engage in interactive workshops and discussions with fellow arts advocates-in-training and practice your angles, pitches, and messaging. Learn the how-to’s of connecting with your elected officials, reaching out effectively, saying the right thing in the room, and maintaining these crucial relationships over time. Whether you are a community organizer, arts administrator, nonprofit leader, or a dynamic changemaker in your own right, “Anyone Can Be an Arts Advocate” will equip you to be the best advocate you can be.
Who should attend: This pre-event workshop is for new or new-at-heart arts advocates looking for the skills to talk to their local, state, and/or federal elected officials—whether that’s a member of the school board or your U.S. Congressperson.
Optional free add-on: Put Your Skills into Practice on Capitol Hill: All attendees of this workshop will have the option to head to Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon after the workshop to put your new skills into practice. To join this Hill component, attendees must also participate in one additional, virtual, free pre-training prior to arriving in Washington, DC. More information about that pre-training will be provided following registration for the Workshop.
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Monument Lab considers what is an appropriate approach to monuments in the contemporary city. In partnership with Americans for…
The Monument Lab considers what is an appropriate approach to monuments in the contemporary city. In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Monument Lab will lead a preconference workshop to explore process, participation, and power in public art. In this moment of reinvention for the public monument, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Their methods include building prototype monuments, lead participatory open research initiatives, and convene memory workers in public spaces across cities with the goal to critically engage the public art we have inherited to reimagine public spaces through narratives of social justice and equity.
Who should attend: This workshop is designed for anyone working in public engagement and collective memory including public art administrators, artists, arts and culture leaders, placemakers and keepers, municipal agents, and more.
- Hear from a range of Monument Lab partners, fellows and other leaders from the field who will explore and engage participants around the central themes of the workshop
- Learn about frameworks for municipal art offices and cultural organizations to explore new opportunities for process-based participation and outcomes for their work
- Engage in a group charette through recent case studies from the field to seek breakthroughs while addressing inequities, parameters, and accountability measures
- Be provided an opportunity for participants to identify exploratory pathways and actionable next steps in their own communities and within their own work.