Give Voice to a Creative State: The Future of Arts Advocacy in Illinois

Ra Joy

January 22, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Harris School of Public Policy
1155 E. 60th St.
Room 289B

Ra Joy, Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois

The Cultural Policy Center breaks from its usual lecture format this week to host a discussion with Mr. Joy. Through its members, partners, and advocates, Arts Alliance Illinois operates as the hub of the largest, most connected statewide arts advocacy network in the country. Join us to discuss policy opportunities and challenges facing the arts and cultural sector in Illinois.

Ra Joy serves as a principal spokesperson on behalf of funding and support for the arts and cultural activities in Illinois. As executive director of Arts Alliance Illinois, a statewide arts advocacy network, Ra sets and implements the organization's strategic goals and manages its operations. By uniquely combining advocacy, coalition building, and policy-relevant research, the Alliance has become a powerful and effective voice for the arts sector in Illinois and beyond.

Prior to joining Arts Alliance Illinois in 2007, Ra served as a top aide to U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, specializing in federal appropriations and community outreach initiatives. Ra was a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in the class of 2005 and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. In October of 2011, Ra was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as a member of the City of Chicago's Cultural Advisory Council.


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