LEAP Students Participate in Arts for Colorado’s Arts Advocacy Day
Art, Art Museum, Dance, LEAP, Music, Theatre | March 16, 2015
On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, eleven LEAP Institute for the Arts undergraduate and graduate students, with two professors, traveled to Denver to participate in Arts for Colorado’s Arts Advocacy Day.
This event offered LEAP students dynamic professional development sessions, and a chance to speak with elected political officials about the importance of the arts. Students enjoyed presentations by:
- Jennifer Mello of Brandeberry-McKenna Public Affairs
- Jay Seller
- Margaret Hunt, Director of Colorado Creative Industries
- Marilyn Leuszler, Arts for Colorado board member and chair of Corazon de Trinidad Creative District
- Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
- Tess Jones, Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus
- Carla Aguilar, professor and director of Music Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Lockheed Martin
- Patrick Overton, Director of the Front Porch Institute
Presentations covered arts policy, arts politics within music education programs, NASA’s use of the arts, arts in healthcare, and much more!
Students even had the chance to speak with Senate and House of Representatives officials and watch proceedings in the House of Representatives.
Arts for Colorado (AFC) is a nonpartisan, statewide nonprofit 501(c)4 organization dedicated to improving the climate for creative industries throughout the state, facilitating advocacy for Colorado’s arts and culture, and preserving and expanding state-level public- and private-sector support for the arts.