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AAA Annual Report Wins Graphic Design Competition

The 2009 AAA Annual Report won Graphic Design: USA 2011 American Graphic Design Award for its graphic design excellence. The American Graphic Design Awards is a four decade old flagship competition, and is open to everyone in the graphic arts community. Each year, roughly 1,000 pieces representing all media appear in the printed Design Annual and online. View this winning AAA Annual Report, which was designed by Communicate By Design, Inc. and AAA Annual Report Production Manager, Damon Dozier.

Inside AAA – Meet Damon

Inside AAA is a blog series that provides readers the opportunity to get a glimpse of the people who work for you, the AAA member. In this series, staff members provide insight on their job and themselves.

This week, Inside AAA features Damon Dozier. He is AAA’s Director of Public Affairs.

What is your favorite on-the-job task?
My favorite task is working directly with members.

What is the most rewarding on-the-job moment?
Last year, when I won an award for outstanding achievement as voted on by the rest of the staff. It was an amazing honor.

What is the most bizarre object in your office?
I have a postcard from the National Portrait Gallery that features an oil on canvas painting of the rapper and actor Ice-T. It was given to me by a former co-worker.

What is your favorite activity outside of work?
My favorite hobby is cooking Italian food.

Humanities at the Forefront of Congressional Vote on National Budget

The Annual Meeting for the National Humanities Alliance took place on March 7, 2011 at George Washington University, followed by Humanities Advocacy Day on March 8 at Capitol Hill. The Annual Meeting was an opportunity to provide concrete ways to exemplify and frame arguments to support the humanities, skills meeting participants would need for the following Advocacy day.

AAA’s Director of Public Affairs, Damon Dozier was featured in a three member panel that exemplified the field of humanities. Dozier emphasized the importance of education through the biological sciences and cultural perceptions o f race. Through the RACE: Are We So Different? public education program, AAA has spurred dialogue across the nation to embrace cultural differences and rethink preconceived notions of race and racism in the United States.

Bill Davis, AAA’s Executive Director, joined NHA’s national delegation that met with congressional members that hold stature within congressional committees. Damon Dozier and Joslyn Osten, Marketing & Communications Manager, joined first-time constituent lobbyist, Hollis Clayson of Northwestern University in meeting with the representatives of Illinois. While all meetings with congressional staffers were fruitful, feedback led to the conclusion that the representatives who have a history of supporting humanities will work out the best possible solution to minimize the financial impact of the national budget on humanities funding.

Although NHA’s Advocacy Day was a success, lobbying for humanities funding cannot be completed in just one day. Congress will be voting this week and in the coming weeks on bills and revisions to settle the national budget. NHA and AAA need your help in communicating the critical need for funding the research and grant-related programming offered in your communities today. Contact your congressional representative now to demonstrate your support for humanities and visit NHA’s website to stay tuned in to the latest budgetary developments.

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