WHY ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS?

(Taken from the Mississippi Arts Commission website…)

One person can make a difference. Support from elected officials can produce results that serve the public and bring the arts to more people. A single individual in a community can bring together like-minded people to convince a key member of Congress to support federal arts funding. MAC partners with communities to provide enrichment, and the promotion of the arts.

Advocacy is essential to our democratic form of government. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to inform our policy makers about the importance of the arts. MAC provides a platform for artist to speak to legislators about the benefits of public arts funding.

Advocating is easy. At the heart of advocacy is the simple act of telling a story. Arts advocates can make a difference in a legislator’s position on arts legislation by explaining through personal experience how the arts add value to community. MAC stimulates the preservation of Mississippi’s cultural heritage and tradition in the community.

Policy makers need your expertise. Legislators depend on solid information to help their decisions, and they want to hear from the people they represent. Become a reliable source of information for your legislators about the arts in Mississippi. MAC supports reputable artists, musicians, and arts organizations.

Nonprofit arts organizations are important players in developing public policy. Our government seeks the views and participation of the nonprofit sector. The expertise and experience of nonprofit arts organizations in serving the public are essential to telling legislators what is needed and what will work best for their constituents. MAC supports non-profit arts organizations through all of its programs.

The Creative Economy revitalizes dying communities and as a result, changes the lives of at-risk youth. The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue. A strong arts sector is an economic driver that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, and retains a high quality work force. The arts have been shown to be a successful and sustainable strategy for revitalizing rural areas, inner cities and populations struggling with poverty. MAC contributes to the new concept of creative placemaking by working with local communities to find new and innovative ways to boost the quality of life for their citizens.

For more information, videos and links for advocacy click here.

 

Americans for the Arts

As a member of MTA you are automatically a member of Arts Action Fund

Americans for the Arts is a leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Visit this site for the latest in art legislation and how you can play a part in advocating for the arts.

 

MTA Advocacy Update – September 2017

NEA update from early July. While the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget proposes eliminating the NEA in the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017, members of the Committee approved a $2 million increase for the NEA for FY17 and have gone on record in support of continued funding. That’s why we sent a targeted advocacy alert to the 15 TCG Member Theatres found in districts of House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee members, who were debating the FY18 funding levels this Wednesday. The Subcommittee indeed approved $145 million for the NEA in FY18. We expect that the full Appropriations Committee will consider NEA funding next week, and have alerted the 55 TCG Member Theatres in those districts to advocate for level funding at $150 million for the NEA at a minimum. More information on this issue can be found here.

 Theatre Communications Group and Performing Arts Alliance are great places to go for Advocacy Updates.

On Thursday, July 13,  the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered a new proceeding for interference protection for wireless microphones, critical to preserve and promote high standards of artistry onstage; safety for stagehands, actors, and audiences; and accessibility for hearing-impaired patrons in our audiences. More information on this issue can be found here.

Join us in celebration of National Arts In Education Week from September 10-16, 2017.

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, the Administration proposed drastic cuts to the funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.

This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper using our customizable template to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

By taking action now, you will join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 10-16, 2017 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.

  • Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
  • Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
  • Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.

Be sure to do your part to advocate to our decision makers and bring attention to the cause of arts education!

Want to do more? Help us continue this important work by also becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today – it’s free and easy to join.

*A State Advocacy Partner is Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. Click here for membership information.

*MS Presenters Network is a great advocacy resource.