Stand For The Arts, Ovation TV’s national advocacy platform, raises awareness, protects access and encourages action on behalf of the arts.


Our mission is to ensure the arts remain a vital part of our society and to reinforce the inherent value that the arts, and the creative economy, provide on a national level.

Although we are starting to see the light after 18 months, the arts industry is still deeply damaged by COVID and we continue to feel it’s impact. The arts are essential to our economic recovery. The Power of Artheals us physically, mentally and emotionally.

Here at Stand For The Arts, we will continue to advocate for increased federal funding to arts workers and the arts sector so that the industry can continue to thrive.

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Ovation TV’s Open Letter to Congress

Ovation TV’s Open Letter to Congress

The arts sector is in dire need of financial relief.

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Be An Arts Hero

Be an #ArtsHero is a grassroots campaign pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy. Learn More about our Partner.

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Stand For The Arts Coalition Member: Jazz Power Initiative

Stand For The Arts Coalition Member: Long Island City Ballet

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Coalition Members

We believe there’s power in numbers. That’s why we’ve formed a coalition of arts organizations, cultural institutions and arts leaders throughout the country who have pledged their support to Stand For The Arts.

If your nonprofit organization is interested in joining the coalition, please contact

Our Reach Across The Nation

Select the state in the map to explore the work of artists and organizations across the nation.

Stand For The Arts: BendFilm Festival


The BendFilm Festival in Oregon showcases some of the best independent films and meet-and-greet access to participating filmmakers.

Stand For The Arts: Rogue Valley Symphony


The Rogue Valley Symphony, now in its 54th year, is committed to bringing thrilling live performances of classical music to those living in and visiting the communities of Southern Oregon.

Stand For The Arts: Women in Film and TV

Los Angeles

Ovation speaks to women creators in the film and television industries about how arts education has changed their lives and why it’s important to support arts education.

Stand For The Arts: PEN America Los Angeles

Beverly Hills

PEN America Los Angeles’s Emerging Voices Fellowship provides new writers with mentorship and skills development that are essential to launching their professional artistic careers.

Stand For The Arts: Creative Action Network

San Francisco

The Creative Action Network is a global community of artists who create art with purpose. They run crowdsourced campaigns and invite everyone to make original designs.

Stand For the Arts: WriteGirl

Los Angeles

WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that helps underserved teens discover and express their creative voices.

Stand For The Arts: Infinite Flow

Los Angeles

When dancer Marisa Hamamoto suffered a rare form of stroke, she defied odds and walked out of the hospital. Now she empowers dancers of all abilities at Infinite Flow.

Stand For The Arts: Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project


The Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project presented by Arts Orange County empowers veterans to use theatre to talk about their traumatic and uplifting experiences.

Stand For the Arts: Project H Design


Project H Design uses the power of creativity, design and hands-on building to create socially transformative construction projects.

Stand For The Arts: X Artists’ Books

Los Angeles

X Artists’ Books, founded by Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant, is a book publisher for artists. It provides artists with a medium for unusual and unique collaborations.

Stand For The Arts: Streetlights

Los Angeles

Streetlights promotes inclusion in the entertainment industry by advocating for ethnic diversity in television, film, and commercial sets.

Stand For The Arts: American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women

Los Angeles

The American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women is a tuition-free program that provides resources for female filmmakers to create groundbreaking projects.

Stand For The Arts: Angels Gate

San Pedro

With their Open Studios Day and educational efforts, Angels Gate Cultural Center helps artists work and engage the community in San Pedro, CA.

Stand For The Arts: Anaheim Ballet


Anaheim Ballet’s mission is to enlighten and entertain audiences with classically rooted programming and contemporary presentation.

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members NV

Positively Arts – Las Vegas, NV

Stand For The Arts: Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Salt Lake City

Each year, Utah Opera’s outreach program reaches 65,000 students, providing many of them the opportunity to experience and hear opera for the first time.

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members WY

Arts Cheyenne – Cheyenne, WY Ava Community Arts Center – Gillette, WY

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members CO

The Commons on Champa – Denver, CO Logan County Arts League – Sterling, CO

Stand For The Arts: Creative Startups

Santa Fe

Through their 8-week accelerator program, Creative Startups provides enterprises with the tools they need to succeed in today’s economy.

Stand For The Arts: Creative Action


Creative Action provides teens artistic outlets in theatre, public arts, and film, so they can explore issues of identity, community, and social change.

Stand For The Arts: Tulsa Ballet


The teachers of the Tulsa Ballet pour their hearts into introducing children in their community to dance.

Stand For The Arts: South Dakota Arts Council


The South Dakota Arts Council brings the arts to the local community. The Council will grant more than $1.36 million to arts programs, arts organizations and individual artists throughout the state in 2018.

Stand For The Arts: Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA)


Juxtaposition (JXTA) transforms students’ perception of art from an aesthetic exercise into a tool for problem solving. Their programs nurture the next generation of innovators and artists.

Stand For The Arts: Jazz St. Louis

St. Louis

Jazz St. Louis’s educational music programs have reached more than 160,000 students. Their Jazz Academy initiative offers free music classes to middle school students in St. Louis.

Stand for the Arts: Laura Bush & Mike Huckabee

Little Rock

People from all walks of life and from both sides of the political aisle support access to the arts as an enriching part of our culture and our lives.

Stand For the Arts: New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC)

New Orleans

New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) believes storytellers empower communities, so they empower storytellers with creative, educational and economic opportunities.

Stand For The Arts: Ballet Mississippi


Through Ballet Mississippi’s free after-school ballet classes, children gain an appreciation of classical music, dance and increased self-esteem.

Stand For The Arts: Nashville Symphony


The Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando initiative is designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond.

Stand For The Arts: Appalshop


Appalshop is a nonprofit organization that documents and archives the history of the Appalachian Mountains. The life, culture and concerns of Appalachia and rural America deserve to be recorded and documented.

Stand For The Arts: 3Arts


3Arts supports Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members WI

Latino Arts – Milwaukee, WI Youth Arts Center – Milwaukee, WI

Stand For The Arts: Lima Symphony Orchestra


The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of their community, now and for future generations, through performance, education, engagement, and community partnerships.

Stand For The Arts: Creative City Project


The Creative City Project exists to elevate the cultural and artistic stature of Orlando by producing and promoting innovative arts experiences audiences can’t have anywhere else in the world.

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members SC

SoundBites – Columbia, SC SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities – Greenville, SC

Stand For The Arts: The National Humanities Center

Research Triangle Park

The National Humanities Center advances the studies of the humanities, furthering our understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought.

Stand For the Arts: Riverviews Artspace


Riverviews is committed to providing multi-disciplinary contemporary art experiences, exhibits, and programs as diverse as their community. Their mission is to cultivate inclusivity, diversity, and quality of life via the means of art.

Stand For The Arts: National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

Silver Springs

The National Dance Educational Organization (NDEO) advances dance education through a network of resources and support for arts educators across the nation.

Stand For The Arts: Community Arts Center


The Community Arts Center gives students the rare opportunity to put on professional live shows. Through its Student Summer Stock program, students work with experienced designers and directors on real productions.

Stand For The Arts: Sharnika Power


Sharnika Power is a poet inspired by Brooklyn street art and hip-hop. She considers her spoken word poetry as a form of social activism and uses this art form to effect social change.

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members MA

Boch Center – Boston, MA Commonwealth Shakespeare Company – Boston, MA

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members ME

Mayo Street Arts – Portland, ME

Stand For The Arts: Coalition Members NH

Rochester Opera House – Rochester, NH

Stand For The Arts: Hawai’i Arts Alliance


Hawai’i Arts Alliance engages and transforms communities in Hawai’i by supporting and cultivating creativity through the arts.
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