My name is Jonathan Lewis, and I am the President of Student Advocates
for the Arts (SAA). For those of you who are not familiar with Student
Advocates for the Arts (SAA), we were founded by students in the Arts
Administration Program at Teachers College in 2002 as a grassroots
effort to engage arts administration students and the general public,
and mobilize them to support the arts both in New York City and across
the nation. This year in particular, we have worked hard to build new
bridges and create social networks between our program and other arts
administration and non-profit management programs throughout New York
City. SAA also works hard to keep the public informed about the latest
issues in arts and cultural policy so that we may be more effective in
our advocacy. We also do these incredible lobbying trips in Albany and
Washington D.C. in the Spring, but that’s material for a future blog
So why am I introducing SAA to you right now? Well, due to some fluke
of the scheduling gods, this week has not 1, not 2, but 3 SAA amazing
EVENTS!!!! How do we do it? It’s a secret … okay, it’s called no
But anyway, I think these events might pique your interest.
Event #1: “What Arts Managers of Tomorrow Need to Know”. This event is definitely the most far-reaching of the three: the Cultural Data Project (CDP) will be changing the face of arts grant applications in the state of New York, and the all the arts orgs here will probably be affected by it in some way. This Wednesday, October 14, we’ll host Neviell Vakharia, Project Director at the CDP, for a presentation from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. A panel discussion will follow with guests from various arts and funding institutions. guests including If you’re interested in going, please RSVP right away to email@example.com
Event #2: Artsº (in collaboration with SNEAC (NYU) and AMCPeople (Pratt)). This year SAA helped to start a new monthly event that our own Susan Wilson has dubbed ARTS º (Arts Degree – get it?) This is a Social Networking Event for all Arts / Cultural Administrators, Non-Profit Managers, Arts Educators, Artists, and Art Lovers in New York City – so basically everyone is invited, and this is a great opportunity to meet other people who are doing interesting things in the arts. At the very first ARTS º last month around one hundred students showed up, which showed there was a strong need for this kind of networking and communication between all these different arts programs. Pratt is hosting this upcoming event on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30pm-midnight at Westside Tavern at 360 W. 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Ave.
Event #3: Lunch with the Arts Initiative: “Why Arts Advocacy Matters“ (in collaboration with CUarts)
So this is an event that you readers should be most familiar with –every month CU Arts does a lunch event to discuss an important issue, and this month they’re teaming up with us this Friday, October 16 at 1:00pm to do a panel discussion on the importance of arts advocacy. The panel will feature leaders of student arts groups such as Postcrypt CoffeeHouse, the Vagina Monologues, CU Arts, Global Initiative for Social Change through the Arts (GISCA), and for SAA, myself and VP Daria Pennington will be speaking as well. And what else will bring you all the way out to TC on a Friday? Can you say free VEGAN food? There we go. RSVP here.
All these events are very exciting, as well as the fact that SAA and CU Arts have become such good partners in crime. Expect more
collaborations between our two organizations in the future, and more guest-blog spots from myself and other SAA board members.
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