Advocate for the Arts

Looking to volunteer your time to help arts organizations? Consider telling your story to help advocate for increased arts funding and support. Advocacy is a year-round effort and means more than organized, collective actions. YOU can make all the difference.

In today’s climate, arts funding is constantly at risk. Here are five steps you can take to advocate for the arts:

  1. Learn about the issues: visit your state arts agency website and/or the regional advocacy websites, below.
  2. Call, write, or e-mail your state’s governor, senators, and/or representatives. The Americans for the Arts’ website provides contact information for legislators for all states at the local, state, and national levels.
  3. Learn what committees your legislator serves on. For example, if your Senator serves on the budgeting committee, they will be more involved with setting how much money goes to arts and culture funding. If your Representative sits on the House Interior Appropriations Committee, they will be key to supporting the arts. Remember the arts and humanities cut across many issues from education and technology to veteran affairs and healthcare.
  4. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Most limit letters to 200 words or less; check the paper’s website for specific requirements. Share your personal arts and culture stories.
  5. Invite your legislators to arts and humanities events or arrange a private tour of your museum or performing arts center. Illustrate how arts and culture thrive in your community.

Other things you can do:

  • Ask to provide an op/ed piece to your local newspaper, or ask your local editor to consider supporting your opinion.
  • Contact friends, neighbors, and colleagues with whom you serve on committees and boards and ask them to support the arts with the above actions.
  • Host a Call-a-Thon to contact legislators, and empower your friends to make a big difference with just a few hours.
  • Use your social media to voice your support of arts and culture.

Note: At the federal level, the arts retain strong bipartisan support. Follow how your legislators vote in passing budget measures and let them know you’re thankful for this support!

Regional Advocacy Resources

Arkansas

Arkansas Arts Council
Arkansans for the Arts

Arkansas Arts Advocacy Day is tentatively scheduled for October 13. More details coming soon.

Kansas

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
Kansas Field Representatives
Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education

Missouri

Missouri Arts Council
Missouri Citizens for the Arts

Missouri Citizens for the Arts Day has been rescheduled for March 3. Register online.

Nebraska

Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraskans for the Arts

Nebraska Arts Advocacy Day is February 13. Register online.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahomans for the Arts

Oklahoma Arts and Culture Day celebration will take place on April 22. More details coming soon.

Texas

Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Cultural Trust
Texans for the Arts

National Arts Advocacy Resources

American Alliance of Museums
Americans for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Federal Cultural Agencies

Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities