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Arts Action Fund Visits Riverside County, California

Posted on: Mar 1, 2018

The Arts Action Fund made its fourth annual district visit to Riverside County, California, the congressional seat of U.S. Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA-42). Representative Calvert is the Chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which allocates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Smithsonian museums, monuments, and national parks.

On February 22, 2018, AAF Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli conducted a legislative briefing to grassroots arts advocates in the morning and then hosted a table of 10 grassroots and business arts advocates to join her for a fundraiser for Congressman Calvert at the Mission Inn in Riverside. 

Guests included:

  • Patrick Brien, Executive Director of the Riverside Arts Council and Board Member of Californians for the Arts
  • David St. Pierre, Owner, The Menagerie and Board Chairman of the Riverside Arts Council
  • Pam Hogan, Executive Director of Kids Rock Free in Corona
  • Grace Sandlin, Arts Educator, Studio 395 in Lake Elsinore
  • Brian Hawley, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Luminex Software Inc
  • Sofia Klatzker, Executive Director of ArtsforLA and Board Member of Californians for the Arts
  • Rick Stein, Executive Director, Arts Orange County and Board Member of Californians for the Arts
  • Troy McGuire, US Army Retired, Veterans in the Arts Initiative. Riverside, CA

Nina also organized for Patrick Brien of the Riverside Arts Council (pictured on the left) to present Chairman Calvert with the Americans for the Arts full-page color ad that was published on the back of the A section of the Riverside’s daily newspaper The Press-Enterprise on the day of his luncheon on February 22nd. The Congressman was very impressed with the colorful ad and the details about the impact of creative industries within his congressional district. You can see the full ad below.