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This issue highlights our upcoming symposium in Springfield, Massachusetts.  We hope you can join us!
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Coming Thursday, April 29: An exciting arts education advocacy day in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Join us for this upcoming Arts|Learning Symposium!

For more details and schedule, as well as registration information, click here.
The day will begin with a keynote address by Barbara Schaffer Bacon (please see below for her bio), two performances by local school students, and the unveiling of the new Arts|Learning Advocacy film.  This will be followed with detailed training on how to build a core of advocates in your community and time for your team to map out an advocacy plan.  We will end the day with a political leader giving thoughts about effective advocacy strategies.
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Symposium Headliner

Barbara Schaffer Bacon

Barbara Schaffer Bacon co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that fosters civic engagement through arts and culture. With Pam Korza, she has written, edited, and contributed to many publications including Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy; Case Studies from Animating Democracy; Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue, Fundamentals of Local Arts Management and The Cultural Planning Work Kit.  Barbara worked as a consultant since 1990 and prior to that served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts.  Her consulting work includes program design and evaluation for state and local arts agencies and private foundations nationally. An arts management educator, she has served as a primary instructor for the Fundamentals and Advanced Arts Management seminars.


Barbara recently concluded 14 years of service on her local school committee.  She is a board member of the Fund for Women Artists. Barbara serves as an advisor to the Hampshire Education Collaborative-based ArtsInFusion Coalition, a partnership of juvenile justice, arts, and education leaders working for court-involved youth and as president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. at the University of Massachusetts.

About Americans for the Arts and Animating Democracy

With nearly 50 years of service to the field, Americans for the Arts seeks to represent local communities and to create opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.  Its work is in five core areas: research, policy, advocacy, professional development, and visibility.

Animate DemocracyAnimating Democracy has invested new energy in efforts to: 1) demonstrate the public value of creative work that contributes to social change and 2) inform public and private-sector leaders about this work as part of a larger endeavor to influence the development of policy that advances the role of the arts in civic engagement.
We hope to see you April 29th!  Soon we will also have information about our Arts Advocacy Day and Awards at the Massachusetts Statehouse, May 26, 2010--so save the date!

Jonathan C. Rappaport, Executive Director
Arts|Learning, Inc.