for Local Arts Agency Members



Americans for the Arts is organizing free peer dialogues to facilitate member exchange around COVID-19 challenges and recovery strategies. These facilitated peer exchanges are a benefit exclusively for Americans for Arts members.


Video calls are geared for senior staff members who have a good overview of agency work and community needs at this time (e.g. EDs, program directors); please just one individual per organization. Calls are limited to 30 people to allow for full participation.


First up, beginning the week of May 26 are sessions for local arts agencies, aligned by population size of service area. Join fellow senior Local Arts Agencies leaders to share challenges, tap your network for solutions, and hear about practical ideas and actions.


The conversation will explore challenges and positive actions regarding but not limited to:


LAA Leaders - Register for an exchange on ArtsU by choosing one of the two date/time (EDT) options for your population size. Please note that registration will be limited to the first 30 participants for each event, so we recommend registering promptly. Also, please only one person per organization.


LAAs serving small towns and communities rural in nature (population under 30K)

May 27                4:00 – 5:15 EDT [Click here]


May 29               1:00 – 2:15 EDT [Click here]


LAAs serving small cities/regions (population 30K - 100K)

May 27                1:00 – 3:15 EDT [Click here]


June 1                  4:00 – 5:15 EDT [Click here]


LAAs serving mid-sized cities/regions (population 100K-350K)

May 28               4:00 – 5:15 EDT [Click here]


June 2                  1:00 – 2:15 EDT [Click here]


To view a full list of these calls on ArtsU, please visit


These conversations complement Americans for the Arts’ recent field surveys and will inform our programs and services, messaging, and policy efforts. We’ll also be listening for stories and examples to share with the field regarding how cultural organizations and artists are taking effective actions that make legible the crucial role for art and artists and bolster the value proposition of supporting art and artists in policy decisions.   Thank you and register now as space for each exchange is limited!



Pam Korza & Barbara Schaffer Bacon

Co-directors, Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005 

Animating Democracy is a program of Americans for the Arts that works to inspire, inform, promote and connect arts as a contributor to community, civic, and social change.