Contact Congress on March 8, National Arts Advocacy Day 2016
March 7, 2016
Tomorrow is National Arts Advocacy Day, a unique moment for arts advocates across the country to unite in speaking up in support of the arts! The League of American Orchestras is a long-time national partner of Arts Advocacy Day and a member of its legislative planning committee, which creates the requests and key talking points for arts advocates each year. Whether you are an advocate coming to DC or you are participating from home, mark your calendar, spread the word, and take just a few moments tomorrow to contact your Senators and Representative on the arts issues that matter most to you!
1) Write to Congress on March 8
Select any of our policy issues that impact orchestras, such as strengthening arts in education in our nation's schools, protecting charitable giving incentives, improving the visa policy for engaging foreign guest artists, easing travel with musical instruments, and supporting the capacity for the National Endowment for the Arts to expand public access to great art. As always, the League has prepared emails to Congress for you. All you need to do is customize the message with a couple of details from home and then click "Send Message" -- it couldn't be easier, and you'll reach your Senators and Representative all at once with the same message. We know directly from Congressional staffers that when a group of constituents write at the same time on a particular topic, the elected official takes notice! Be sure to tell how national policies impact your local community!
2) Plan now to engage with Congress back at home
The most powerful advocacy happens in person, so take some time to maintain relationships throughout the year. View our 2016 Calendar of Advocacy Opportunities to see when your U.S. Representative and Senators are in their districts and states for a work period: invite them and their staff to meet, attend an event, and see powerful community programs in action. The small investments you make in building relationships now will make it much easier to be in touch later, whether you're weighing in before a key vote, letting your officials know about great news at home, or inviting them to speak at an event.
Information about your communications with Congress helps the League represent orchestras in Washington, D.C. We love to hear your stories and we are happy to help in any way, so don't hesitate to contact the League with any questions. Thank you for joining advocates nationwide in support of the arts on Arts Advocacy Day and every day!