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February 17, 2010

Annual Conference Registration Opens Next Week
Early bird registration for Dance/USA's 2010 Annual Conference opens February 23!

Because Dance/USA was closed for a week due to snow in the DC area, we have pushed the opening of our Annual Conference registration from February 16 to February 23. Early bird registration will remain active until March 22, so there is plenty of time to get your place at the Conference reserved!

Dance/USA’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC is your opportunity to spend four days with arts leaders and colleagues in the field examining and eliminating the borders –- real or imagined -– that define us.

The Conference offers practical professional development sessions, advocacy on Capitol Hill, networking and information sharing, and in-depth discussions on important issues facing the field. Plus, be inspired by special performances and celebrate this year's recipients of the Honor and Ernie Awards.

Learn more about the Conference at the Dance/USA website. And remember -- registration opens February 23!

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Upcoming Nonprofit Finance Fund Webinar and Conference Call: Accessing and Managing Credit

The next in our series of webinars and conference calls from the Nonprofit Finance Fund will focus on Accessing and Managing Credit.

Participants will learn how an organization is assessed for creditworthiness and how to assess your own organization in its ability to qualify for and access credit. Nonprofit managers and board members will become more comfortable understanding how their organizations can consider various credit scenarios and identify the various approaches available. You will follow a real-life nonprofit case study to demonstrate how various debt scenarios can impact your organization’s financial health and viability.

The webinar will be available for download the week of February 22, 2010 at
http://www.nonprofitfinancefund.org/webinars/metlife.php

The conference call will be held Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 1-2pm EST.

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Government Affairs Update
Arts Training for Foreign Service Officers
On Friday, February 12, Dance/USA attended the Foreign Service Institute to observe part of the training for foreign service officers before they move abroad. The traditional curriculum for these officers includes several sessions in presenting American art abroad. Dance/USA, along with several national arts service organizations, has been invited to help strengthen the curriculum for the arts training. Goals of this endeavor include increased contact between American arts organizations and cultural attaches at U.S. embassies abroad and improved education on presenting American art for the foreign service officers.

Problems with Visa Petitions? Contact Dance/USA
Dance/USA continues to witness inconsistencies at Citizen Immigration Services with the review process for petitions for foreign guest artists. To assist Dance/USA in advocating for an improved process for reviewing O and P visas, please inform Dance/USA of visa petition problems that your organization encounters. For advice or to share your story, please email our Government Affairs Director, Amy Fitterer, at afitterer@danceusa.org.

President Proposes Consolidating Arts in Education Programs at Department of Education
As part of the President’s FY11 budget, Arts in Education Programs are consolidated into a new, broader funding pool entitled, “Effective Teaching and Learning for a Well-Rounded Education.” Arts advocates are seeking to learn more about this proposal, but there is concern that a consolidation of the funding will lessen the focus and direct funds for arts in education initiatives. Currently, Arts in Education Programs at the Department of Education receive $40 million. To learn more about the Arts in Education Programs, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/artsedmodel/index.html

Questions with the Government Affairs Update? Please contact Amy Fitterer, director of government affairs, at afitterer@danceusa.org.

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