Robert Bettmann is an artist and arts writer/editor based in Washington, D.C. He currently directs an Arts Writing Fellowship program for the non-profit Day Eight. His book "Somatic Ecology" was published in 2009, and he is editor of the arts anthology "Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work." Robert used to perform modern dance and ballet, having trained on scholarship at the Washington Ballet and Alvin Ailey schools. He has been Board Chair of the all-volunteer DC Advocates for the Arts since 2009. Established in 2001, the DC Advocates for the Arts support the development of public policy for a creative, healthy, sustainable, and economically viable District of Columbia through research, participation in public policy/arts policy discussions, and provision of informational resources for stakeholders and policy-makers.