Student Advocates for the Arts

Student Advocates for the Arts

Student Advocates for the Arts is a grassroots student organization dedicated to educating on and advocating for public policy affecting the arts in the United States. Founded in 2002 by graduate students in the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, SAA engages students in hands-on lobbying, workshops on advocacy and cultural policy, and discussions on the American system for funding the arts.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower emerging arts leaders by serving as a platform for critical debate, resource sharing, and capacity building in arts advocacy.

Our Scope

  • Members come from a variety of academic and artistic disciplines
  • We are a network of students and alumni concerned about the arts
  • We collaborate with related arts, arts advocacy, and student organizations
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