Arts Advocacy

March 20 - 21, 2017 has been designated Arts Advocacy Day. Representatives from the Louisiana Citizens for the Arts have traveled to Washington, DC, to be part of a larger conversation and lobbying effort for the arts. Nationally, there are many activities staged on March 20 and 21, 2017. 

Arts Advocacy

March 20 - 21, 2017 has been designated Arts Advocacy Day. Representatives from the Louisiana Citizens for the Arts have traveled to Washington, DC, to be part of a larger conversation and lobbying effort for the arts. Nationally, there are many activities staged on March 20 and 21, 2017. 

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March 20 - 21, 2017 has been designated Arts Advocacy Day.  Representatives from the Louisiana Citizens for the Arts have traveled to Washington, DC, to be part of a larger conversation and lobbying effort for the arts.  Nationally, there are many activities staged on March 20 and 21, 2017. 

 

Arts advocates include large organizations, community stakeholders, government entities, and individuals who are unified in their belief that arts and culture make our communities successful and are a vital cornerstone of our society.  This belief in the power of the arts requires meaningful support.  We have a responsibility to educate and inform decision-makers about key issues and calls for bipartisan collaboration in funding arts and culture.

 

Louisiana has a uniquely wonderful artistic and cultural heritage, rich in tradition, inclusive, and highly valued around the world.  Federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts makes up approximately 1/3 of the Louisiana Division of the Arts budget.  It is more important than ever that we all participate in preserving our creative industry. 

 

Arts Advocacy Day gives organizations and individuals a common voice and opportunity to and a unique call to action.  We encourage you to contact your representatives in Congress for bipartisan support of the National Endowment for the Arts and continued incentives for charitable giving.  Encourage your members and donors to do the same. 

 

Our collective voice is always more powerful. 

 

Arts Advocacy Day begins next week, and there are many ways you can participate:

 1.    Learn the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help you make your case. 

     a. American for the Arts website at www.americansforthearts.org is a great resource

     b. Congressional Arts Handbook - http://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/HandbookCovers%26IssueBriefs.pdf

     c. State advocacy information:  http://crt.state.la.us/culturaldevelopment

     d. City-Parish – www.artsbr.org

2. Write letters to your U.S. Representatives and Senators educating them on the importance of the NEA to Louisiana.  Strongly encourage them to support cultural agencies.  Fax the letters of support to the D.C. office and mail them to local officials.

     a. Letters should be positive and educate legislators on the importance of the arts statewide and in your local community.  Specific examples of community enhancement through the arts is valuable.

     b. Encourage your members and participants to write letters as well. 

     c. A list of State Legislators and members of the U.S. House and Senate are located below.

 3. Share Socially – Statistics show that people trust the recommendations of friends more than any other form of advertising, and that word-of-mouth promotion happens most often on social pages.  Share something about your favorite artist, arts program, and arts organization on favorite social media platform.  “Like” arts happenings and events.

Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism: 

Facebook - Click HERE

Twitter - Click HERE

YouTube - Click HERE

4.     Join Arts Organizations.

There are over 30 arts organizations in the Capital Region alone and an even greater number of individual artists doing beautiful work and enhancing our community.  Buy their work, buy a ticket to an event, become a member of an arts organization.

5.     Volunteer at arts organizations in your area that have events and programs you appreciate.  Any time volunteered will make a huge difference.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS PRESIDENT AND CEO - Click HERE
MESSAGE FROM SOUTH ARTS - Click HERE to view helpful tools from South Arts
SAVE THE NEA! - MESSAGE FROM CERF+ - Click HERE
Erroneous Assertions about the Arts - CLICK HERE