Dear APAP Members and Colleagues,

First, I hope this message finds you safe and well.

I know that these times have been immeasurably difficult and that the performing arts field has been decimated by this crisis.

I have also said and will repeat: The arts are essential. Arts workers are essential.

For that reason, I am asking you today to consider signing onto a policy proposal to activate the creative economy with a comprehensive national recovery strategy "To Rebuild and Reimagine the United States Post-Pandemic, We Must Put Creative Workers to Work".

For a proposal informed by a coalition of arts service organizations, endorsed by more than 120 organizations and individuals, and driven by the leadership of Americans for the Arts, we hope to gather additional endorsements before forwarding it to both the Democratic and Republican Presidential campaigns. As it is scheduled be sent before Labor Day, would you consider signing it by this Friday, September 4?

Thank you for your support. I look forward to continuing our work together to secure and strengthen the future for the performing arts and for arts workers.

We are stronger together.


Lisa Richards Toney
President and CEO, APAP
Add your name to the list* of organizations that have already signed on, including APAP:

  • American Alliance for Theatre & Education
  • American Theatre Wing
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Americans for the Arts Action Fund
  • Art on the Streets
  • ArtPride New Jersey
  • Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
  • Arts Corps
  • Arts Horizons
  • Arts Orange County
  • Arts Wisconsin
  • ArtsMemphis
  • Asian American Arts Alliance
  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP)
  • C4 Atlanta
  • Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates
  • Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
  • Center Theatre Group
  • CERF+ -- the Artists Safety Net
  • Chamber Music America
  • Chocolate Factory Theater
  • Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
  • City of San Diego Office of the Mayor
  • Dramatists Guild of America
  • Eat More Art Vegas
  • En Foco, Inc
  • HERE Arts Center
  • Imagine MKE
  • Kentuckians for the Arts
  • LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
  • Lehman College Center for Performing Arts
  • Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
  • Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston
  • Moving Minds Dance
  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
  • New England Foundation for the Arts
  • New Music USA
  • New Yorkers for Culture & Arts
  • NH Citizens for the Arts dba Arts4NH
  • Performance Space New York
  • Producers Alliance of Southern Nevada
  • Queens Historical Society
  • rootoftwo, LLC
  • San Francisco Arts Alliance
  • San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Springboard for the Arts
  • Teaching Artists Guild
  • The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture
  • The Mercury Store
  • THE OFFICE performing arts + film
  • The Well
  • Theatre Bay Area
  • Theatre for a New Audience
  • Throughline Arts
  • Triangle Arts Association
  • Vogl Consulting
  • Wave Pool
  • Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

*partial list as of Friday, August 28