The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona will be hosting a free workshop around arts advocacy and planning for this year’s Arts Congress.
This workshop comes in anticipation of Arts Congress, the annual day of advocacy started by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a non-profit organization focused on advocating for arts and culture sector non-profits in Arizona through the State Legislature, community partners, and other local, community leaders. It is a day where arts and culture advocates (you) can speak directly to our Arizona legislators about the importance of support for arts and culture in our state.
This year’s Arts Congress will take place on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Senate Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington. For more information on Arts Congress or to register, please visit the Arizona Citizens for the Arts website.
The workshop, Shaping the Message: A Humanistic Approach to Advocating for Local Funding for the Arts, will be led by Teniqua Broughton M.Ed., Executive Director of The State of Black Arizona. The workshop will focus on providing information on current local and national funding for the arts, and developing relevant messages as to why the arts matter in our community.
Broughton has gained both local and national recognition for her insight, expertise, and knowledge of arts and education. For over 20 years, she has played significant roles in managing artist residencies for Broadway shows and programming large-scale artist series. She has also worked with notable organizations such as Arizona State University, John F. Kennedy Performing Arts, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Zuill Bailey and Awadagin Pratt duo, and SITI Company.
She is the current Chair of the Arts & Culture Commission for the City of Phoenix and the Administrator and Creative Movement director of the Journey Home program for the Maricopa County Sherriff Office’s Estrella Jail, where she teaches inmates to use performance art as a medium for change.
The Arts Foundation and Broughton recognize the great need for arts funding and support, especially with the threat of possible funding cuts aimed at the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and Public Broadcasting.
The Arts Foundation hopes to provide workshop participants with the necessary training materials, talking points, and information they need in order to have positive and meaningful discussions with their state and local elected officials about why funding for the arts and culture sector is so important. Participants will walk away with specific ways to continue to work locally to ensure funding for arts and culture is a priority in City and County budgets.
Shaping the Message: A Humanistic Approach to Advocating for Local Funding for the Arts will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the Connect Coworking offices located at 33 South Fifth Avenue.
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