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Your Advocacy Plan: Simple Actions to Incorporate Into Your TA Practice

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Nicholas will lead a presentation and share a handout post session. Participants will identify ways to be accountable to each other.

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There is so much research about the value of the arts and the work of Teaching Artists, so why is art on the chopping block every year for budgets? Why isn't Teaching Artistry respected as a title and profession? Why aren’t we making a bigger difference in all the settings we work? How can we easily and effectively advocate, and to who?

Over the past 12 years, Nicholas Cohen has been a strong advocate for the arts in Maryland as a musician, educator, and administrator. Currently, Mr. Cohen is the Executive Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). In this role, he oversees the statewide strategy, implementation and engagement for advancing public policy and investment in the Maryland Arts Sector. Before coming to MCA, he served as Director of Community Engagement & Education Programs for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, overseeing programming that provided access to music and arts for the Mid-Atlantic region. Nicholas has also served on the City of Baltimore’s Youth Development Committee, which was charged with developing a comprehensive plan for Baltimore City youth.

An avid musician, Nicholas is currently the contrabassoonist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Bethesda, Maryland, and has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles throughout North America. Nicholas and his partner, Stephanie, a professional flutist and musical entrepreneur, reside in Baltimore City where both are deeply invested in utilizing the arts as a vehicle to help build and sustain local communities.

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