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.
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How to Advocate for the Arts
Arts Advocacy Webinar with Americans for the Arts
Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts’ Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs discusses the basics of education and advocacy. He shares some of the tricks and tools that he has learned over the years along with why all arts supporters should be advocates in their city and in Mississippi.
*Note: this webinar was recorded on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, with a live audience of registered attendees. It was moderated by Anna Ehrgott.
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.
White Space is an important to theatre. 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.
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.
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.
*MS Presenters Network is a great advocacy resource.