DAA 2016 Arts Advocacy Award winners in Leadership: Marcia DeWitt and Nancy Lynch with DAA Board Member David Fleming (center)

DAA Acts of Arts Advocacy in the First State
At DAA, our mission is to be the unified voice of arts advocacy across the state.  Some of our recent advocacy activities are:

  • Testifying before the Delaware Joint Finance Committee to press for continued arts funding since 2010.
  • Organizing the Delaware Delegation for National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.
  • Inaugurating Delaware Arts Advocacy Day in 2015.
  • Publishing an on-line arts position guide to electoral candidates in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.
  • Expanding our outreach statewide by conducting our Arts Rendezvous programs and public forums in all three counties.  With a focus on arts advocacy, these events engaged over 1,000 arts, business, and civic leaders from throughout Delaware.
  • Expanding the case for the arts via the weekly radio show “Delaware State of the Arts”. The program, in collaboration with the Delaware Division of the Arts, speaks to the importance of the arts in education, advocacy, businesses, etc.
  • On October 10, DAA organized the inaugural Delaware Arts Advocacy Awards at the University of Delaware. The event was planned and held in partnership with the University of Delaware and the Delaware Division of the Arts. The Awards ceremony, which was attended by 250 people, paid tribute to outstanding individuals who have showed an inspired commitment to the arts in Delaware. Awardees were carefully selected from a DAA-organized panel, which reviewed the nominations. Awardees included:
    • Education: Joann Browning, Associate Dean for the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Theatre, University of Delaware (Nominated by the University of Delaware).
    • Leadership: Marcia DeWitt, President, Board of Trustees, Biggs Museum of American Art (Nominated by the Biggs Museum) and Nancy Lynch, President, Board of Directors, Delaware Shakespeare Festival (Nominated by Delaware Shakespeare Festival).
    • Philanthropy: John Schoonover, Trustee, Biggs Museum of American Art; Frank E. Schoonover Studios (Nominated by the Biggs Museum).
    • Volunteerism: James Hartzell, Board Member and Director Selection for the Artistic Committee, Possum Point Players (Nominated by Possum Point Players).
    • Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Grenfell, Former Executive Director, First State Ballet Theatre (Nominated by the Arts Advocacy Awards Panel).
  • DDOA and DAA organized the panel “The Arts Mean Business” in October 2012, which considered the impact that the arts have on Delaware’s economy and the role you can play in promoting the arts in Delaware as an advocate.  The panel featured Governor Jack Markell; Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund; Mrs. Carla Markell, First Lady of Delaware; Arts Philanthropist Tatiana Copeland; and Liane Hansen, Emmy Award-winning former host of National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Sunday”; and Rhonda Graham, New Journal Editorial Board Member.

DAA’s Membership Committee at the 2016 Arts Advocacy Awards

DAA’s 2015 Delegation to National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.

Ashley SK Davis, Executive & Artistic Director of DAA Institutional Supporter Pieces of a Dream at the 2016 Joint Finance Committee Hearings in Dover