Contact Congress on March 24, National Arts Advocacy Day 2015

March 23, 2015

Tomorrow is National Arts Advocacy Day, a unique moment for arts advocates across the country to speak up in support of the arts together! The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra will be part of this year's Arts Advocacy Day events, performing at the Kennedy Center as part of the Nancy Hanks lecture on public policy and the arts, as well as small ASYO ensembles performing at advocate training and at the Congressional Kick-Off event that begins official Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

The League of American Orchestras is a long-time national co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day and part of its legislative planning committee which creates the requests and key talking points for arts advocates, whether they come to the nation's capital or participate from home throughout the year. Whether you are an advocate coming to DC or showing support for the arts at home, mark your calendar, spread the word, and take just a few moments tomorrow to contact your Senators and Representative on the issues that matter most to you!
1) Write to Congress on March 24
Choose 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. The League has prepared emails to Congress for you - just customize with a couple of details from home and click "Send Message." When multiple constituents contact their elected officials on a particular topic, we know they take notice, so be sure they hear about the impact national policies have on your local community!
Use our NEW AND IMPROVED advocacy center! Our streamlined campaigns connect to all elected officials' webforms, and participating takes just moments!

2) Plan now to engage with Congress in your home state
The most powerful advocacy happens in person, so take some time to maintain relationships throughout the year. View our 2015 Calendar of Advocacy Opportunities to see when your U.S. Representative or 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.

3) Share!
Information about your contacts with members of Congress helps the League represent orchestras in Washington, D.C. We would 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!

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