News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Over the past weeks Ohio Citizens for the Arts has issued action alerts regarding the proposed executive budget for FY 2014-2015. You can visit our e-advocacy center at any time to see the latest active issues.

If you have already registered for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, please schedule a visit with your legislators and ask them to support the arts and culture in Ohio. It’s easy to find out who your legislators are, simply visit the e-advocacy center and enter your address to find your state and federal legislators.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts.

Ways to Get Involved in Ohio Arts Day

There are several ways you can get involved with Ohio Arts Day which coincides with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon on May 15, 2013. Below you will find several ways in which you and your organization can become involved:

  • Register to attend the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon. Registration is all done on line through the Ohio Arts Council’s website. Use the following link to register for a seat at the luncheon today:
  • Attend the Advocacy Briefing prior to the luncheon. Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation’s Legislative Counsel William Blair provides an advocacy briefing at 9:30AM in the Capitol Theatre of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts at 77 South High Street Columbus Ohio 43215-6108. Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation will provide you with the most up to date information regarding the Biennium Budget and provide talking points for your legisative visits. 
  • Make visits with your legislators on May 15th. Ohio Arts Day is the state lobby day for the arts in Ohio. Call your legislators to schedule a visit with them on May 15th while you are in the state capitol! Use this link to find your legislators today!
  • If you would like to network and promote your organization, consider purchasing a table for the Arts Day Showcase. This event is an opportunity for you to showcase your organization to hundreds of individuals from around Ohio participating in Arts Day. To purchase a table for the Arts Day Showcase email Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Purchase a table sponsorship for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon. This is a great way to secure seating if you are coming to the event with a larger group. Please find details about purchasing a table sponsorship below. 

Governor’s Awards for the Arts Luncheon Table Sponsorships Available

We would like to invite you to become a table sponsor at one of Ohio’s most prestigious, best-attended statewide arts events, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon on May 15th. This event is co-sponsored annually by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

A table sponsorship is just $1,000 (with $500 being a tax deductible contribution). Tables will seat ten individuals and we are happy to assist you in registering all of your guests to save you an on-line step in the registration process. Your sponsorship will be recognized at the luncheon on event signage and will be featured in the program. The Arts Day Luncheon has been a sellout event in past years so you’ll want to reserve your table as early as possible.

The 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Arts Day Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 15th, at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North Fourth Street. This event will be an opportunity for you and other sponsors to reach an audience of arts patrons, artists, and arts administrators along with business and civic leaders from around the state. Once again we expect to have 80% of the legislature in attendance as well as Ohio’s legislative leadership presenting the awards.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a table sponsor of this exciting event. To confirm your sponsorship, simply contact Janelle Hallett at 614.221.4064. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon.

National Arts Advocacy Day
Register Now for National Arts Advocacy Day April 8-9, 2013

The 2012 election has made a dramatic impact on Congress with more than 80 new members of Congress taking office in early January. The 113th Congress will renew the focus on reducing the federal deficit through program cuts and revenue raisers that could detrimentally impact nonprofit arts organizations. It is imperative that arts advocates work together to help educate members of Congress about the role the arts play in spurring economic growth and job creation. Register Now!

The Americans for the Arts 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
Washington, DC, April 8, 2013, 6:30 PM

Grammy Award winning musician Yo-Yo Ma will deliver the Americans for the Arts 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Receive two free tickets to the lecture with your Arts Advocacy Day registration or reserve your general admission single ticket online today.

A Student’s Experience at National Arts Day

By Justin Caithaml
Music Education Major at Baldwin Wallace University

National Arts Advocacy Day 2012 was full of many opportunities to network, attend policy oriented sessions, and lobby at the United States Capitol on behalf of various arts disciplines. The two day event started with a day full of informative sessions, including a speech by Rocco Landesman, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Landesman’s speech was very informative and addressed the importance of the endowment and its impact on communities across the country.

The same evening, attendees were treated to the Nancy Hanks lecture at the Kennedy Center, given by renowned actor Alec Baldwin. This speech proved to be thought provoking and inspiring to all advocates as they prepared to “storm the hill” the next morning. When that morning came, all Ohio House and Senate offices were visited by the advocates from Ohio, who worked in teams of two or three. These visits were largely successful as a means of informing legislators with statistics regarding how funding for the arts really makes a difference at a state and local level.

Overall, National Arts Advocacy Day was an incredible learning experience that made all attendees realize the tremendous power of a unified message, and how this one voice can affect positive change at a national level.

Americans for the Arts Salutes Launch of Congressional STEAM Caucus

A bipartisan team of members of Congress have launched the Congressional STEAM Caucus. The STEAM Caucus, a popular acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, which “aims to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences-and their intersections-to our country’s future generations. Caucus members will work to increase awareness of the importance of STEAM education and explore new strategies to advocate for STEAM programs.”

Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts President & CEO, saluted this newly formed caucus, stating, “Thanks to the leadership of Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Aaron Schock (R-IL), the message of how the arts can help launch creativity and innovation among our nation’s students will have a proper place in the halls of Congress. Having worked with both of them on these issues, we were excited to assist in establishing this new congressional policy effort in education.”

Through its professional and advocacy programs, Americans for the Arts works to advance the cause of arts education at the federal, state and local levels. The Congressional STEAM Caucus, like the Congressional Arts Caucus, will serve as another point of contact for members of Congress dedicated to improving education and how the arts can be a part of their policy solutions.

Source: Americans for the Arts

Nominate Your Favorite Music Teacher Today!
Ohio and the nation are afforded a real opportunity to thank those teachers who played a critical role in their musical development. Maybe they introduced you to your first instrument or simply inspired you to have confidence to continue when you were ready to give up.

The GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award will select 10 finalists including one overall winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Award and attend the GRAMMYs, plus pick up a $10,000 honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well.

Current music teachers who teach in public or private schools, Kindergarten through College are eligible. Private studio teachers and teachers in after-school educational settings are not eligible. Nominations from music teachers, school administrators, students and parents will be accepted.

It’s time to say thank you to all of those teachers who offered some much to make sure that all of us experience the joys of making music. Make your thanks real by nominating your music teacher today!

Applications and nominations are due by April 15, 2013.

NASBE Partners with AEP on Arts Education Policy Portal

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is collaborating with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) to create an online arts education resource designed to help state boards of education develop evidence-based policy.

NASBE will base the new web portal on AEP’s Arts Education State Policy Database and ArtsEdSearch, through which state board members will be able to easily access educational information about how the arts can support general education policy goals. For instance, if a state board is working on new high school graduation requirements, members and staff can use the web page to find research and policies that include the arts as a critical part of a student’s education.

“The arts not only enrich our social and emotional lives, they provide rare and special avenues to develop skills we need and use every day,” said NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos. “As state boards develop new and innovative evidence-based education policies, it is incumbent on them to consider every avenue to student success. We are excited to partner with AEP to help make arts education part of those efforts.”

“Evidence and action – within policymaking – is a powerful combination in ensuring the arts remain an essential part of a complete education for every young person in America,” said AEP Director Sandra Ruppert. “AEP and NASBE’s collaboration comes at an exciting crossroads in education reform, and we look forward to helping state boards understand the role of the arts as a gateway to learning and student success.”

The webpage will be hosted on NASBE’s website, and will also be linked to AEP’s site. When the portal is completed in the second quarter of 2013, NASBE and AEP will host a webinar open to all to guide potential users through the webpage and the two databases.

The initiative is made possible by funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to NASBE.

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education

Suggested Reading

National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning: This narrative document outlines the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, as articulated in the 2013 National Core Arts Standards. To view all public documents relating to the National Core Arts Standards go to

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Why Charities Are Moving Fundraising Data to the Cloud: In this episode of Fundraising Fundamentals, Mr. Graham and Ms. Cole offer advice to charities considering moving their data to the cloud. Listen to the podcast now.

Survey Shows Americans Want Charitable Deduction Protected: Seventy-five percent of Americans continue to say they value the deduction as it currently stands. And 61 percent say they feel strongly about maintaining the current deduction, up from 56 percent in January 2012. Only 9 percent strongly disagree, which is up from 5 percent a year ago.

The strength of support for protecting the charitable tax deduction cuts across geographic boundaries, with 70 percent of those in the Northeast and West supporting it, 76 percent in the Midwest and a high of 80 percent in the South.In addition, key groups of President Obama’s 2012 coalition strongly agreed that “charitable deductions should not be cut, capped or limited.” The key groups were women (58 percent), adults 18-34 (56), Hispanics (65) and people making at least $50,000 a year and less than $75,000 (67).

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