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Connecting Matters: Arts Advocacy Day 2024 Recap

Updated: Mar 26

On March 6th, 2024, Tennesseans For the Arts held the annual arts advocacy day on the hill. Held virtually for the fourth year, Bryce McDonald, Tn4Arts President and the Executive Director of Cumberland County Playhouse, sees many benefits to this format. "While we miss being together in person, the virtual option enables more advocates across the state to join in and allows Tn4Arts to share more content. It also provides the opportunity for those who may have missed the actual day to watch on their own time and share the content with others.”


This year’s number of registrants was the highest on record with watch parties taking place in various areas, bringing an unprecedented number of participants. This year's theme "Connecting Matters," emphasized the importance of connecting with legislators and each other to tell the story of the license plate program and how vital the arts are to Tennessee communities.


This Arts Advocacy Day included updates from Senator Becky Massey, Chair of the Legislative Arts Caucus; Kelly Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Tennessee Arts Commission Anne Pope, and Tn4Arts' Molly Pratt, this year’s program featured artists and arts organizations who have proven records of advocacy and understand the role of advocacy in their work.


Thank you to all who attended!


Arts Advocacy Day Line-Up

Key Takeaways

Did you miss the event? Link to Video


Arts Advocacy Day 2024

 

AAD24 Line Up


Speakers


BRYCE MCDONALD

President, Tn4Arts​

RACHEL FORD

Board Member, Tn4Arts​

CEO, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

SENATOR BECKY MASSEY

Board Chair, Tennessee General Assembly's Arts Caucus​

Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee


WHITNEY JO

West TN Vice President, Tn4Arts

Managing Director, Playhouse on the Square

CAZATEATRO BILINGUAL THEATER GROUP

MOLLY PRATT

Education Consultant, Tn4Arts

 

PARKE KENNEDY

Past President, Tn4Arts

Director of Development, Germantown Performing Arts Center

ANNE POPE

Executive Director, Tennessee Arts Commission

STEPHANIE CONNER

Middle TN Vice President, Tn4Arts

ARTS CENTER OF CANNON COUNTY​

KELLY BARSDATE

Chief Program & Planning Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

 

SUSAN ROBINSON

East TN Vice President, Tn4Arts

CHRISTIAN COLLIER 

Literary Artist from Chattanooga​

BOB WILLIE

Treasurer, Tn4Arts

JOHNSON COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ARROWMONT SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS




Did you miss this event? Link to Arts Advocacy Day Video


Want to experience it all over again? We don't blame you, it was fantastic! Maybe you missed the event, or even just want to share with your friends and colleagues. Click the link below to watch and share Arts Advocacy Day 2024.




Link to Arts Advocacy Day 2024 Materials


For more information on AAD24 and materials provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Tennessee Arts Commission please click below.




Thank you to our Sponsors & Volunteers


There are so many organizations and people across the state of Tennessee that make Arts Advocacy Day possible. From our many Volunteers to the support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to all involved!




Tennesseans for the Arts Board of Directors and Staff

Bryce McDonald, President

Parke Kennedy, Past President

Rachel Smalling, Secretary

Bob Willie, Treasurer

Susan Robinson, East TN Vice President

Stephanie Conner, Middle TN Vice President

Whitney Jo, West TN Vice President

Lisa Allen

Marcus Cox

Cristy Dunn

Rachel Ford

Debby Koch

Anne Locke

James McKissic

Pat Mitchell Worley

Virginia Salazar-Buda

Kenneth Weaver

Molly Pratt, Education Consultant

Tennessee Arts Commission

Anne Pope, Executive Director

TAC Commissioners

Mary Kilbride, Chair

Steve Bailey, Vice Chair

Marc Burnett, Secretary

Jenny Boyd

Stephanie B. Conner

Anne Davis

Nancy Dishner

Cindy Cameron Ogle Amy Rhodes Jason Rudd

Arts Caucus

Senator Becky Duncan Massey – Chairwoman

Lt. Governor Randy McNally

Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton

Senator Raumesh Akbari

Senator Paul Bailey

Senator Janice Bowling

Senator Richard Briggs

Senator Rusty Crowe

Senator Ferrell Haile

Senator Ed Jackson

Senator Jack Johnson

Senator Sara Kyle

Senator Jon Lundberg

Senator Shane Reeves

Senator Steve Southerland

Senator John Stevens

Senator Art Swann

Senator Bo Watson

Senator Ken Yager

Senator Jeff Yarbro

Representative Karen Camper

Representative David Hawk

Representative Patsy Hazlewood

Representative Dan Howell

Representative Kelly Keisling

Representative Jason Powell

Representative Johnny Shaw

Representative Dewayne Thompson

Representative Mark White

Representative Sam Whitson

Representative Ryan Williams


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