Arts Matter Advocacy Day: Showing our legislators that arts still matter
The governor will make his budget announcement in early March – but the public process doesn’t end there. Our next window for advocacy will open as the House and Senate announce their budgets in April and May, respectively, for fiscal year 2016.
In previous years, we have worked with local arts and cultural leaders to organize meetings with legislators out in their communities. This year, there’s a twist – instead of having our elected officials come to us, we’re coming to them.
Here’s the plan. We convene at the Wang Theater in downtown Boston to prepare to make the case for state investment in arts and culture. In the morning, folks can look forward to speakers, performers, networking, and the opportunity to hone your advocacy skills.
Next, we’ll march to the State House and meet with our state senators and representatives. And of course, what march is complete without musical accompaniment?
Does your organization want to play a key role in making this happen? We’re looking for leaders in the creative community to join our growing list of as advocacy partners. As an Arts Matter Advocacy Day Partner, you are invited to:
- Have your name and organization in our program and on materials distributed to legislators.
- Recruit staff or community members to attend Arts Matter Advocacy Day.
- Help schedule meetings with your State Senator and State Representative.
- Publicize Arts Matter Advocacy Day both online and in person.