Advocacy

Advocacy is an important aspect of our mission. Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre promotes the highest professional standards for practicing artists and programs relating to contemporary dance theatre. We also support other organizations with similar purposes to advocate for all artists within the dance field such as Dance/USA, Arts for LA, and Dance Resource Center.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Californians for the Arts is hosting a VIRTUAL Arts Advocacy Day on April 15, 2020. Please register and participate in the discussion as we continue to fight for more resources, better visibility, higher quality of well-being, and stronger overall support for the dance field. Click here for more information.

Virtual Arts Advocacy Day Schedule

April 15, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Get Your Creative Brain Flowing
Participate in a Zoom hour of live performances.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get to Know Your Statewide Advocacy Organizations
Hear from Tom DeCaigny, California Alliance for Arts Education; Sarah Weber, Association of California Symphony Orchestras; Julie Baker, Californians for the Arts, Pat Wayne, CreateCA and Celeste DeWald, California Association of Museums and Jason Schmelzer, Partner, Shaw, Yoder, Antwih, Schmelzer & Lange and Lobbyist, California Arts Advocates.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Lunch Gathering
Write a letter to your elected official and “hang out” with other arts advocates across the state.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
CA Legislative Arts Champions; Why Arts, Culture & Creativity are Essential for CA
Confirmed speakers include Senator Ben Allen (26th District), Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (54th District), Assemblymember Ian Calderon (57th District) with more TBA.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Workshop: How to Write an Op-ed and Advocacy Letter
Led by Miranda Culp. Storytelling is a powerful tool we can all use right now to reframe the conversation around the arts. This workshop will dig into how to organize your thoughts and tell your story, to put a human face on the work and the impact it has on our communities and economy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Virtual Happy Hour and Jam Session
Bring your favorite instrument and something to drink and let’s toast to ACCM2020 together.

Arts Organizations and Advocates

Arts for LA
Arts Orange County
California Dance Education Association
Californians for the Arts
Dance Resource Center (Los Angeles)
Dance/USA
LA Stage Alliance
National Dance Education Organization
San Diego Dance Connect

Arts for LA

Arts for LA and its networks of local arts advocates continually work to expand the organization’s reach and deepen its roots in Los Angeles County neighborhoods and school districts. Arts for LA campaigns to maintain public funding for arts and culture, works to increase access to arts education for public school students, and builds public will to support the arts.”
artsforla.org

Arts Orange County

Arts Orange County, Orange County’s nonprofit arts council, possesses many years of in-depth experience representing all facets of arts management, and is ready to assist government, education, business and nonprofit organizations through affordable contracted services, project management, and customized consultation services.”
artsoc.org

California Dance Education Association

“CDEA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the artistic and educational advancement of dance as a discrete art form. The organization is the representative body for linking interests of dance educators, dance artists, dance related professionals and students, and serves as a liaison and representative to local, regional, state, and national arts organizations.”
cdeadance.org

Californians for the Arts

Californians for the Arts mission is “to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts; to ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue; and to encourage Californians to care about the arts as a critical component of their own lives and the lives of their communities.”
californiansforthearts.org

Dance Resource Center – LA

“DRC is a service organization that provides the Los Angeles area dance community access to information, resources and services; and promotes the visibility and viability of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels.”
danceresourcecenter.org

Dance/USA

“The Dance Advocacy Network is a grassroots network of dance advocates across America. All Dance/USA members are encouraged to participate in the Dance Advocacy Network to increase the sharing of advocacy information, to develop tools and resources available for effective dance advocacy and to inspire other citizens to advocate for this wonderful art form.”
danceusa.org

LA Stage Alliance

“LA STAGE Alliance is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles.”
lastagealliance.com/

National Dance Education Organization

“One of NDEO’s primary goals is to strengthen the national voice and vision for dance by advocating for dance education centered in the arts. As the largest dance education membership organization in the country, we are working to establish a national perception of dance as a vital and accessible art form, and of dance education as a necessary component of education for all children.”
ndeo.org

San Diego Dance Connect

San Diego Dance Connect’s mission is “to strengthen the dance community by providing opportunities to network, communicate, advocate, and share resources. San Diego Dance Connect empowers the dance community to create a more sustainable and visible dance ecosystem in the San Diego region.”
sandiegodanceconnect.org

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