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Arts Action Fund Partners

Collaboration is crucial to the Arts Action Fund’s work. By working together, both the Arts Action Fund and its national, state and local partners contribute to the goal of one million grassroots activists that ensure our elected leaders support policies and funding that create opportunities for every American to learn, participate in, enjoy and benefit from the arts.

To learn more about our partners, simply click on any of the links below or to become a partner, please contact Amalia Kruszel, Arts Action Fund Program Manager at 202.371.2830 or akruszel@artsusa.org.


Premier Advocacy Partners



Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts’ mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. From offices in Washington, DC and New York City, AFTA provides a rich array of programs that meet the needs of over 150,000 members and stakeholders. AFTA is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.



Association of Writers and Writing Programs

AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 125 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.




Blick Art Materials

Since 1911, artists have turned to Blick Art Materials for a wide range of art supplies. Offered at competitive prices and backed by superior customer service, Blick’s products cater to the full spectrum of artists, from the youngest child ready to scribble with a crayon to well-known, gallery-represented professionals. A long-time advocate of art education in the U.S., Blick supports scholastic, collegiate, and professional art shows both financially and through a variety of materials that emphasize the benefits of art education. Blick also supports the communities in which it does business by holding in-store events and sponsoring local schools, art leagues, and community groups. In 2013, Blick expanded its outreach by acquiring Utrecht Art Supplies, a leading manufacturer of top-quality, handcrafted paints and other art materials. A groundbreaking company based in New York State, Utrecht is officially recognized by the Brooklyn Made program, denoting the company’s Gold Certification status and position as a leading, locally based manufacturer and employer. Look to Blick and Utrecht as the best choice for art educators, students, artists, or anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure. Shop online at DickBlick.com and Utrecht.com, or at one of the Blick retail stores across the country.



Advocacy Partners

Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets was founded to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry through a variety of programs ranging from National Poetry Month to their award winning website www.Poets.org.

Alliance of Artists Communities

The Alliance of Artists Communities is the service organization for the field of artists’ communities and residencies.Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance’s mission is to advocate for and support artists’ communities, in order to advance the endeavors of artists.

American Choral Directors Association

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music’s position in American society.


American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals. Its members include conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

American String Teachers Association

The American String Teachers Association, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers through services such as an award-winning scholarly journal, annual professional development opportunities and more.

Art Dealers Association of America

The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is a non-profit membership organization of the nation’s leading galleries in the fine arts. ADAA seeks to promote the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship and ethical practice within the profession.



Founded in 1980, ArtTable, Inc. is the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts. ArtTable’s purpose is to increase the effectiveness, visibility and diversity of women in the field. Through activities and initiatives, ArtTable is dedicated to: supporting women in the visual arts at all stages of their careers; documenting outstanding achievements by women past and present; increasing opportunities for women; and in so doing, enriching the nation’s cultural life.

Arts for LA

Arts for LA is an arts advocacy organization working to foster a healthy environment in which the arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in Los Angeles County through community and elected leader outreach.


Arts Northwest

Arts Northwest is a non profit membership organization facilitating professional interaction between performing arts presenters, performing artists, management and performing arts service providers throughout the western U.S and Canada.


Arts Schools Network

Arts Schools Network comprises a community of elementary, middle, high schools and institutions of higher education, dedicated to education in and through the arts. Our mission is to provide the leadership necessary to inspire and maintain excellence in arts education by supporting and serving leaders of specialized arts schools, arts integration schools and new schools of the arts across the country.


Association of Performing Arts Presenters

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) is the nexus for the performing arts community and the innovators in the field. Representing both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of the industry, Arts Presenters members hail from all 50 states and more than 15 countries across the globe and range from large performing arts centers in major urban cities, outdoor festivals and rural community-focused organizations to academic institutions, artists and artist managers. Our membership includes organizations with multi-million dollar budgets and individuals who are performing arts professionals.

Chorus America

Chorus America’s mission is to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing. Chorus America strengthens choral organizations and provides their leaders with information, research, leadership development, professional training, and advocacy to help them deliver the best possible contributions to their communities and to the choral art.


Council on Undergraduate Research

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

The mission of CERF is to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States. CERF accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports craft artists’ careers.


International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians

The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) promotes a better and more rewarding livelihood for the skilled orchestral performer and to enrich the cultural life of our society.

International Council of Fine Arts Deans

The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) is a vehicle through which members share information and ideas that enhance the leadership of arts units. Founded in 1964, the ICFAD membership is comprised of over 400 arts deans throughout North America and around the world. ICFAD is the only organization focusing exclusively on issues that impact all creative units in higher education including fine and performing arts, arts education, art history, architecture and communication.


MusicFriends is a group of parents, community members, and other music advocates working to support local school music programs through grassroots initiatives. MusicFriends is sponsored by MENC: The National Association for Music Education, an organization of music teachers and students and supporters seeking to advance music education by the study and making of music by all.


National Alliance for Media Art + Culture

Then National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC) fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts. Through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy, they connect, organize and develop organizations.

National Art Education Association

The National Art Education Association is the leading professional organization for art educators in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 as well as college and university professors and researchers, administrators, and museum educators.


Southeastern Theatre Conference

Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) has been connecting people to opportunities in theatre for over 63 years. The organization produces one of the largest conventions for people of all theatre disciplines, covering professional, academic and community theatre. 4,000 people gather annually for many purposes: to audition or seek off-stage jobs; to offer jobs in theatre; compete in theatre festivals; perform; participate in design competitions and critiques; attend keynotes, play readings and choose from over 350 workshops; exhibit; look for undergraduate and graduate study opportunities; and find students for academic programs. Year round services include fall professional and graduate school auditions, Job Contact Service, an award winning magazine, Southern Theatre, and the academic journal, Theatre Symposium.

International Art Materials Association

The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA) is the world’s largest association dedicated topromoting the art/creative materials industry. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors and importers from around the world. Their mission is to provide members with the products, services and information needed to grow and prosper.

San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition

The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition (SDRACC) is the voice of arts and culture supporters in San Diego. Founded in 1989 to advocate for stable funding by the City of San Diego, SDRACC has expanded to become the local partner of California Arts Advocates on state issues and Americans for the Arts on national issues. Arts and Culture organizations join SDRACC to add their voice to the chorus of support for government funding, sound policy, and an educated public to San Diego benefits from a strong creative sector.

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