State Arts Action Network (SAAN): Americans for the Arts
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance acts as Hawai‘i's State Captain for Arts Advocacy. The SAAN serves as the meeting place for statewide arts organizations to discuss common issues.
The network meets in person twice each year, once in conjunction with Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and once at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Additionally, the network hosts monthly professional development conference calls to discuss issues of interest and concern to its members.
The network was formed on March 29, 2004, when Americans for the Arts announced that two previously independent national arts organizations, the State Arts Advocacy League of America (SAALA) and the National Community Arts Network (NCAN), had ratified an agreement to become part of Americans for the Arts.
The joining together of these two organizations with Americans for the Arts is consistent with the bold five-year strategic plan developed as a result of a $120 million gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly. In that plan, Americans for the Arts identified the need for creating a statewide advocacy organization and a statewide service organization in every state. The State Arts Action Council and State Arts Action Network will strengthen and build arts advocacy and service infrastructure in the United States at the national, state, and local levels. It will help shape public policy, initiate effective advocacy campaigns, set research agendas, provide meaningful professional development, and provide peer-to-peer networking opportunities to emerging arts organizations.