Being An Arts Advocate

The arts exist not only for social, cultural or entertainment value. They also have major impact on the economy and education and serve as a primary way for communities to preserve and celebrate our culture and heritage. We must strive to keep the arts strong and vibrant, and because of the current economic downturn, community support is more important now than ever.

Educating both the public and legislators on the true impact of the arts must be a primary goal for any arts advocate. Arts advocacy involves sharing your views and opinions with the elected officials who make decisions impacting your arts community or organization. Effective advocacy hinges on continuous education and communication among your supporters, their decision makers at the local, state and federal levels, and the public.

It is crucial to know the facts as you build your case for the arts. We’ve created these pages to help you or your organization develop key objectives and talking points and increase the power and effectiveness of your message. We’ve also provided links to the tools and information you’ll need to become a successful arts advocate.

In this section, you will find: