Now the stage is set and opening night is close at hand. The General Assembly convenes May 12 and ARTS Day is May 18 & 19. We kick off our advocacy work by coming to Raleigh and speaking face-to-face with Legislators and then sustaining the conversation until closing curtain, whenever that might be. Early registration deadline for ARTS Day is this Friday, and the hotel rates of $75 are only good through May 3. Time now to make your plan: artsday.artsnc.org.
ARTS Day is more than advocacy; it is an opportunity for learning, networking, and being infused with powerful, collective energy. Workshop and training leaders include:
- Tuesday Workshop - It's the Economy...
- Linda Carlisle – Secretary of Cultural Resources
- Mary Regan – Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council
- Ardath Weaver – Director of Research for the North Carolina Arts Council
- Margaret Collins – Director of Creative Enterprises and the Arts - Piedmont Triad Partnership
- Feather Phillips – Executive Director of Pocosin Arts Center (Columbia)
- Barbara Spradling – Director of the Innovation Institute at the McColl Center
- Rob Pulleyn – Artist (Marshall)
- Wednesday Legislative Training
- Louisa Warren – Lobbyist for North Carolina Justice Center (Advocacy 101 Presentation)
- Franklin Freeman – Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Hunt, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and Senior Assistant for eight years to Governor Mike Easley
- Secretary Linda Carlisle
- Invited Legislators – Representatives Becky Carney, Rick Glazier, Linda Johnson, and Deborah Ross, and Senator Tom Apodaca