Arts Advocacy Day is April 17! (April 17, 2012)
Washington, D.C. - April 17 is National Arts Advocacy Day – please join with arts advocates across the country in speaking up in support of the arts! The League, a national co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day, participates in the legislative planning committee that creates the messages carried by arts advocates in the nation's capital and nationwide. Join us in this national day of advocacy: it only takes a few minutes to contact your Senators and Representative on the issues that matter most to you!
1) Contact your members of Congress on April 17
Customize any of the letters we have set up for you in a range of advocacy issue areas. It pays to personalize our sample letters with a few details from home. Congress wants and needs to hear real stories and examples that tell them of the local impact national policy has! Elected officials regularly ask their staff to track the top issues motivating constituents to call or write – make sure to keep the arts on Congress's radar!
2) Engage with your representatives at home
Advocacy begins and is most powerfully sustained in your own community, so take some time to maintain relationships throughout the year. View our 2012 Calendar of Advocacy Opportunities to learn when your representatives will be home, schedule a meeting, and continue communicating with them throughout the spring, summer, and the rest of the year. When members of Congress are home, take advantage of the opportunity to invite them to attend your orchestra's concerts and see community programs in action.