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The following article was posted on July 14th, 2009, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 10, Issue 18 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 10, Issue 18

Mr. Booher goes to Washington

BY SHELLY CONE

PCPA Theaterfest Artistic Director Mark Booher recently joined other theater leaders in Washington, D.C., to advocate with Western states’ senators, asking for their continued support of the arts.

The trip coincided with the Theatre Communications Group National Conference held the first week of June. Booher—after receiving some advocacy training from the director of government and education programs at TCG and staff from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the League of American Orchestras, and Americans for the Arts—made his first advocacy visit to Capitol Hill offices of five senators, including Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, Speaker of the House). The advocacy group met with policy advisors and legislative aides for the senators.

The visit included a discussion of the value of the not-for-profit arts sector and issues involving NEA funding, appropriations for arts in education, retaining arts as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and tax deductibility rates for charitable donations. Booher said politicians need to see the theater as an opportunity to serve the needs of their constituents.