NAVA Advocacy Program: Weekly Workshops Online

Online art advocacy workshop every Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm AEST, 22 April - 19 August 2020.

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Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin?

Let’s work on developing those skills together.

Every Wednesday evening, join Esther Anatolitis and Australia’s leading advocacy thinkers and practitioners online at 4pm AEST.

Let’s talk arts, policy, media, political and public engagement. What works? What doesn’t? What can we achieve together?

Our aim is to foster confident, informed advocacy by smart, connected artists and arts leaders. Not just once-off, not just in an emergency, but in an ongoing way that precludes such policy and funding emergencies. Let’s build something that lasts. 

Our efforts will culminate in Arts Day on the Hill – Australia's national day of advocacy for the arts. Pop it in your calendar: this year’s Arts Day on the Hill is on Wednesday 12 August, during the first sitting week once Parliament resumes.

Last year’s Arts Day on the Hill training was an intensive two-day set of workshops presented at the NGA, the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and Parliament House. 


Wednesday evenings 4:00-5:30pm AEST

22 AprilArts advocacy in a time of coronavirusAlex Marsden, National Director, AMaGA; Anne Robertson, Member, National Public Galleries Alliance
29 AprilRecap Arts Day on the Hill 2019 and introduce NAVA advocacy framework2019 Arts Day on the Hill Advocates including Gadigal, Wiradjuri, Yuin artist Nadeena Dixon, and Hobart-based artist Selena de Carvalho
6 MayFirst Nations advocacyNadeena Dixon: Gadigal, Wiradjuri, Yuin artist based in Sydney

Wesley Enoch: Noonuccal Nuugi writer and director; Artistic Director, Sydney Festival; Member, NAVA Board; co-facilitator, weekly Australia Council First Nations COVID19 roundtable
13 MayQ&A: How to advocate for the artsJohn Alexander MP: Co-Chair, Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts & Culture
20 MayPolicy literacy: where do the arts sit?John Daley, CEO, the Grattan Institute
27 MayGlobal comparisons: who’s doing this well?Jackie Bailey: global cultural policy, research and evaluation specialist
3 JuneAchieving policy goals from an invisible portfolioMike Mrdak AO: former Secretary, former Department of Communications and the Arts
10 JuneQ&A: How to influence cultural policyMaria Vamvakinou MP: Co-Chair, Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts & Culture
17 JuneMedia engagementMichaela Boland: arts journalist, ABC, formerly the Australian
24 JuneNewsroom: media analysisGeorge Megalogenis: journalist, political commentator, author
1 JulyHow to be a media spokespersonAbdul Abdullah, artist, and Jane Morey, publicist, who in late 2019 joined forces to defend Abdul’s work from political attack
8 JulyQ&A: How to engage with the publicAdam Bandt MP: Co-Chair, Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts & Culture 
15 JulyPolitical engagementNicholas Pickard: Executive Director, Public Affairs, APRA AMCOS; Chair, Australian Society of Authors; former adviser to state and federal Labor arts ministers
22 JulyInsights from the insideMark Textor: Director, Crosby Textor, political campaign strategists who have won numerous elections for the Liberal Party in Australia and the Conservative Party in the UK
29 JulyHow to plan a meeting with a politicianHelen O’Neil: Chair, Performing Arts Connections Australia; former adviser to Labor arts ministers
5 AugQ&A with Esther: Let’s get ready
19 AugQ&A with Esther: Let’s debrief

NAVA Advocacy Program: Weekly Workshops Online