Question: When new staff or council members join our state arts agency, what should I tell them about NASAA?
Answer: Here are four talking points to help newcomers begin to get acquainted with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:
- NASAA is our national service organization. NASAA's mission is very specific: to strengthen state arts agencies. While state arts agencies work with many different national and regional groups, NASAA is the only organization dedicated exclusively to helping state arts agencies serve the public.
- NASAA provides essential information. NASAA provides on-call, customized research whenever our staff or council has a question. We rely on information and consultation from NASAA to help us with planning, advocacy, program design and policy development. NASAA also offers educational programs and learning tools that help everyone in our agency succeed as a public sector arts leader.
- NASAA represents our agency's interests in Washington DC. NASAA helps members of Congress understand how important federal arts dollars are to our state. NASAA also works to ensure that the funds we receive from the National Endowment for the Arts can be used flexibly to address the needs and priorities of our agency and our citizens.
- NASAA is your organization, too. As a state arts agency staff or council member, you are a member--and owner--of NASAA. Take advantage of NASAA to get connected with other state arts agencies, stay abreast of the latest trends and be part of an influential national community.
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