Indiana statehouse

Join local, statewide and national leadership for a discussion about how effective arts advocacy works. Concerned about the health of the arts in your community? Public and private support for the arts? Perceived value of artists and the creative sector? Arts education opportunities for you, your children and neighbors? This session can help you understand some of the simple, applicable principles and techniques of arts advocacy.

In this session you will:

  • Learn how to build a case for support for the arts.

  • Learn how to build effective and enduring relationships with key decision makers.

  • Learn how to build purposeful momentum with Your peers and community members.

Presented by:

Pam Breaux

Pam Breaux
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

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Pam joined the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in 2015 as president and CEO. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Pam has held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. While in Louisiana state government, she was secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT), assistant secretary of CRT (overseeing its cultural development portfolio), and executive director of its state arts agency (the Louisiana Division of the Arts). 

Michael Daehn

Michael Daehn
Associate Professor of Theatre Education and Directing
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

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Michael is an Associate Professor of Theatre Education and Directing at Ball State University. He created the theatre department’s nationally recognized Theatre Education program and was recently awarded the Educational Theatre Association’s Founder’s Award. Daehn is the co-State Captain for Americans for the Arts, one of the co-creators of the nationally acclaimed Prism Project, which uses the arts to work with autistic students and has directed over 180 theatrical productions, including 5 Facing Project performances.


Sally Gaskill
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project


Sally Gaskill is a veteran arts administrator who has managed SNAAP, the national survey of arts graduates, since 2008. Based at Indiana University, SNAAP – the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project – investigates the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates in North America and is governed by a distinguished national board of directors.

Aili McGill

Aili McGill
Board Member
The da Vinci Pursuit
Noblesville, Indiana

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Aili is a museum education and community development professional with fifteen years of experience engaging audiences in history, science, and art programming. She holds a BA in Museums and Museum Management from Earlham College and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University. She is currently the Executive Director of Nickel Plate Arts, which serves five communities on the eastern side of Hamilton County. McGill is also a Board Member for the daVinci Pursuit, which connects communities through art and science.


Brenda Meyers
President / CEO
Hamilton County Tourism

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Brenda Myers is President and CEO of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., where she oversees destination and tourism economic development. Myers and her amazing staff of more than 20 have created a nationally accredited, fully integrated marketing and product development program that focuses on business intelligence, community and destination management, as well as innovative promotions. Myers has more than 35 years of experience in tourism development, working in cultural attractions management as well as in tourism development for the state of Indiana.

Sean Starowitz

Sean Starowitz
Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts
City of Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana

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Sean lives/works in Bloomington and is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts. His notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in New York, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and at American University in Washington D.C. 


Nancy Stewart
Indiana Arts Commission
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nancy graduated from college with an Arts History degree. Since moving to Fort Wayne from San Diego, California in 1972, she has been an active community volunteer. She served as President of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, Chairman of the Canterbury School Board (eight years) and as Chair of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Nancy Co-Chaired Capital Campaigns for the Arts Plaza, Museum expansion, Arts United Auer Center and most recently for a Community Grief Center. She continues to be involved with the Boards of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Arts United and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.