Hill Visits: Our Stories Matter. Let Them be Heard.

by Laurie Baskin

in Advocacy

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(*Photo credit below. Leading up to Arts Advocacy Day on March 24-25, TCG is sharing reflections from our board and National Council for the American Theatre on our February visits to Capitol Hill.  Learn more about TCG’s advocacy efforts here, and how you can get involved with Arts Advocacy Day here and here.)

Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater:

Going to the Hill was exhilarating – working with colleagues and professionals who understand the national political landscape was such an education and a rush.  Sitting down with Leader Pelosi was indeed the highlight as it revealed how much she knew about the arts in the national arena, which definitely comes from her personal passion for our field.

Larissa FastHorse, Playwright and Choreographer:

I was nervous about going. I thought that as an individual artist I wouldn’t have much to add. What do I know about bandwidth and donation deductions? But as I listened to my fellow advocates talk, I realized that it’s just about how art affects each of us. And how these Bills affect us as artists. That’s something I can be very passionate about.  So I talked about what I know, and it felt great and valued. I highly encourage everyone to do this if you have the chance. If you can’t go in person, write it down. Our stories matter to our representatives. Let them be heard.

Nancy Livingston, National Council for the American Theatre:

The total experience was as exhilarating as it was informative, and working with my TCG colleagues was a huge contributing factor.  Each visit was powerful in its own way, but it was a true privilege being in the same room as Nancy Pelosi.

*Pictured above, from left to right: Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras/Performing Arts Alliance; Tori Councell; Toni Rembe, Trustee, American Conservatory Theater (and National Council for the American Theatre); Mark Valdez, Executive Director; Network of Ensemble Theatres (and TCG Board); Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Larissa FastHorse, Playwright and Choreographer (TCG Board); Emilya Cachapero (TCG staff); Nancy Livingston, Trustee, American Conservatory Theater (and National Council for the American Theatre); Jon Moscone, Artistic Director; California Shakespeare Theater (and TCG Board).

laurie_baskin_2Laurie Baskindirector of research, policy & collective action, joined TCG in 1997 as executive assistant to the executive director. In 1999, she was named director of government and education programs and in 2013 was named director of the newly formed department of Research, Policy and Collective Action. Ms. Baskin serves as TCG’s liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance. Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, working for then-Chairman, Kitty Carlisle Hart. She attended Mount Holyoke College, earned her B.A. from Colgate University, and a degree in arts administration from Adelphi University.