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State of the Arts: An Artists in the Reframed Space Series Program by WALA

April 29, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

An interactive lecture and discussion about strategies for increasing the public perception of the value of the arts and what kinds of persuasion have the best chance of working with decision makers. Historical efforts will provide context for challenges in today’s environment. Attendees will learn from national experts how to use information and how to create an action agenda for effective advocacy.

Speakers: Jonathan Katz and Jay Dick

Attend the WALA “Artists in the Reframed Space” Legal Education Series @ Artomatic in Crystal City. This year’s theme is “Artists in the Reframed Space” to look at relevant historical legal issues for artists in the reframed context of the present.

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, consultant, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. At home in local, state, national and international settings, he keynotes and conducts workshops at forums on cultural issues and trends, and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits.

His distinguished career includes service as CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) from 1985 through 2014, guiding that network of 56 government agencies through three major recessions, shifting state and federal political philosophies, cultural controversies and the digital revolution as they grew to manage more than $400 million annually and as Congress doubled their percentage of the program budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 20% to 40%.  Domestically, he is particularly proud of the roles he played in co-founding the Arts Education Partnership, established by the U.S. Department of Education and the NEA as the nation’s forum for the advancement of learning in the arts; co-founding the Cultural Advocacy Group, the coalition of national associations that each year decides upon and communicates to Congress and the executive branch a united legislative agenda for the federal cultural agencies; and partnering the state arts agencies with the Poetry Foundation and the NEA to establish Poetry Out Loud, the project that now engages 365,000 high school students annually in a national poetry recitation competition. He recently received the inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award, the recognition for career accomplishment from the primary arts advocacy organization in the United States, Americans for the Arts, for whom he writes and consults as Senior Professional Fellow. This small portion of his bio hints at his active career in the arts.

Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture.  As an twenty-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay possesses a tremendous body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy.  He is a nationally recognized speaker on these topics having designed and overseen many initiatives.  Jay is regularly interviewed by the media and testifies in front of legislative bodies as an expert on these topics and on Americans for the Arts’ legislative positions.

With the mandate to positively affect the policies that promote State and Local funding and expansion of the arts, Jay works closely with the Americans for the Arts’ fifty State Arts Advocacy Captains, Local Arts Groups, and the State Arts Action Network and Council to accomplish this goal.  Further, he oversees Americans for the Arts’ Public Partnerships and works closely with the members and staffs of the National Governors Association, National Lt. Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Counties, The United State Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities.

About WALA:

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts began in 1983 as a unique collaboration of lawyers and artists to fulfill a mission to serve artists in need of legal knowledge and assistance. Since then, WALA has supported artistic expression and creative innovation serving the legal needs of the arts and cultural communities in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

WALA is a501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides access to education, advocacy and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics and pro-bono referral services for creatives and cultural organizations.

More than 350 of Washington’s top lawyers and law firms participate as volunteers in WALA’s legal services programs.



April 29, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop 1 (6th Floor)