Ready For Liftoff: A Look at Federal Policies for Arts Education in FY2010—And How Philanthropy Can Position Itself to Make a Difference

Tuesday, October 20, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Organized by Marete Wester, director of arts policy, Americans for the Arts.

Presented by Marete Wester and Narric Rome, director of federal affairs, Americans for the Arts.

Economic recovery, energy independence, health care reform, industry bailouts—these issues dominated the Administration’s agenda and drove most of the discourse in Congress throughout 2009. Yet momentum is building for the next stage in federal education reform policies and initiatives. This session will provide a snapshot of where we are in the timeline, and what major education policy movements we can expect will be impacting arts education in 2010—from Congress, the Administration, and from key external influencers. This session will be an interactive and strategic discussion on the tangible steps arts funders can take now to help positively influence education policy, and to position their investments to maximize new opportunities when they arise.