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Advocacy & Research

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.

Advocacy is a critical part of keeping the arts vibrant in our community

Educating both the public and elected officials 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.

Research is essential because in addition to stories of qualitative data, stories of impact on real people, you must have quantitative data as well, such as numbers of people served, economic impact, as you build your case for the arts. GCAC’s most recent economic impact data comes from 2017 but we are in the process of updating it, with a new report expected in 2024.

We’ve created these pages to help you or your organization with talking points, tools and contacts increase the power and effectiveness of your message and help you become a successful arts advocate.

Case Study

Columbus Ticket Fee Case Study

The Columbus Ticket Fee was implemented on July 1, 2019 and now provides significant funding to invest in the arts and public cultural facilities.

Read full case study

Advocacy Tools

Talking Points

Why the Arts Matter in Central Ohio

Elected Officials

Contacts for local, state and national elected officials

Local & Regional Resources

Local and Regional Resources and Research

National Resources

National Resources & Research