Join in a National Day of Arts Advocacy on April 9!

April 8, 2013

April 9 is National Arts Advocacy Day – please join with arts advocates across the country in speaking up in support of the arts! The League, a national co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day, participates in the legislative planning committee that creates the messages carried by arts advocates in the nation's capital and nationwide. Join us in this special day of united advocacy: it only takes a few minutes to contact your Senators and Representative on the issues that matter most to you!

1) Write to Congress on April 9
Customize any of the letters we have set up for you in a range of advocacy issue areas including protecting charitable giving incentives, strengthening arts in education in our nation's schools, and supporting the capacity for the National Endowment for the Arts to expand public access to performances, preserve great classical works, and nurture the creative endeavors of contemporary classical musicians, composers, and conductors. It pays to personalize our sample letters with a few details from home. Congress wants and needs to hear real stories and examples that tell them of the local impact national policy has! Elected officials regularly ask their staff to track the top issues motivating constituents to call or write, so make sure to keep the arts on your Congress person's radar!

Click here to see the full range of issue areas impacting orchestras and choose one or two that matter the most to you.  

2) Engage with elected officials at home

Advocacy is most powerfully sustained in your own community, so take some time to maintain relationships throughout the year. View our 2013 Calendar of Advocacy Opportunities to see when your representatives will be home, then schedule a meeting and continue communicating with them throughout the spring, summer, and the rest of the year. When members of Congress are home, take advantage of the opportunity to invite them to tour your offices, attend an event, and see powerful community programs in action.

Share your advocacy stories with us and don't hesitate to contact League Government Affairs staff with any questions. Thank you for joining advocates nationwide in support of the arts on Arts Advocacy Day and every day!