Americans for the Arts

Our mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

Who we are. The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

What we do. The Asian American Alliance helps support individual artists and arts organizations access and share resources both online and in person. The Alliance builds community through programs that encourage peer-learning, collaboration, and professional development.


The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is the nation’s leading advocate for full diversity as a key to the vitality and dynamism of American theatre, film, and television. We promote authentic dialogue about race, culture, and disability that embraces the complexity of underlying social and historical issues.

Theatre Communications Group is the primary advocate for the not-for-profit professional theatre in the United States. TCG represents the theatre field both in Washington, DC, and nationally, to provide timely information for theatres and theatre artists on federal legislation, regulations and other significant government opportunities and issues.

Nonprofit arts organizations play a key role in arts advocacy. Public dollars support their programs, making the arts accessible to more citizens in your state. The well-regarded leaders of arts organizations provide important political connections and powerful voices in support of public arts funding. The audiences of arts organizations are a potentially numerous and vocal constituency for arts advocacy.

ARTS ADVOCACY - California Arts Council

Arts and creativity are vital to California – to the economy, our communities and neighborhoods, and our schools. 
Explore the resources below to learn how you can advocate for a more creative California.

Conversations & Community

This page is a gateway to community events, symposia, panels, and round table discussions hosted by the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. You can also sign up for their "Opportunities News Letter" on this page. You can absolutely benefit from these resources whether or not you are a member of SDC.


"Join us as we lead a cultural shift to strengthen our collective experience by working together to protect and develop our artists, our theatres, and our Chicago Theatre Community." Not in Chicago? There are excellent resources available on their website such as a sample code of conduct, a support group, and further reading.

While there are many excellent  and perhaps more up-to-date books on this subject, RED STAGE founder Emily Penick found this particular book very helpful in securing her first  full-time job with benefits in the arts. There are some especially helpful passages on "knowing your worth" and advocating for yourself. 

"Master the job-search game, whether you're climbing the corporate ladder switching careers, or re-entering the workforce after years at home. This latest edition gathers the most up-to-date information, tips, secrets, and advice on resumé writing, job seeking, interviewing, and salary negotiations and features updated sample resumés."


Studying for free in Germany as a refugee

You can study in Germany just the same as other international students, especially if you have received asylum, granted refugee or “tolerated” status. Holding one of these refugee statuses, you  can apply to get admission to certain German universities. The admission criteria applying to you is similar to that of any international student who seeks to pursue higher education in any German university.

In Germany there are three categories of higher education institutions: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, and Colleges of Art, Film and Music. Mainly universities and universities of applied sciences are publicly funded, offering free tuition studies, while colleges tend to be more expensive since most of them are privately owned.

Art Education Association - Advocacy

Have your voice heard in your backyard and on Capitol Hill. As professional art educators, we know and understand the essential value that visual arts education holds for learners. But what about others—school leaders, parents, elected representatives, school Board members, local media? What are the critical legislative issues affecting art education? It’s time we bring our knowledge and our voice to art education advocacy to ensure equity and access for all students!