Texas Arts Advocacy Day 2019, Austin. Photo credit: Matt Stryker

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Arts Vote 2020: Take the Pledge!

This month the Americans for the Arts Action Fund launched their nationwide campaign, Arts Vote 2020.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of social and racial injustice, we believe our nation needs to capitalize on the abundance of under-employed yet talented creative and racially underrepresented workers in America to aid in the recovery, unity, and healing of our nation’s communities and economy.  

As federal efforts are considered to rebuild and grow the nation's economy, we urge targeted federal policies to tap creative workers, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and arts-related businesses and minority-run organizations to be featured in any infrastructure, workforce development, economic, and education efforts.    

Please take these 2 important steps to join the Arts Vote 2020 movement!

1. Take the ArtsVote Pledge to Make Your Vote Count this election year. Take the pledge and view the campaign materials here.

2. Review the Texas Arts Vote factsheet here Be sure your registered and ensure your voice is heard!

 

 

Tell Congress to take action NOW!

The COVID crisis is devastating Texas’ creative sector. Without continued and expanded federal relief, the sector’s immediate and long-term viability is in jeopardy. Now is the moment for all of us—individual artists, creative businesses, nonprofit organizations, patrons, students, teachers, and audience members—to come together and demand action. 

Last Thursday, August 13th, the Senate went into recess until after Labor Day without approving any new desperately needed coronavirus relief legislation. While this is a disappointing development, we are still feeling hopeful as artsadvocacy campaigns gain traction around the country. Read below for actions you should still take at this time to advocate to for the arts. We must continue to advocate when and where we can for the resources the arts sector needs. Texans for the Arts' Arts Sector & COVID-19 Relief Letter is a platform developed by dozens of leading national arts organizations which we endorsed and then delivered to all of our Congressional leaders in DC in July with over 200 signatures from Texas-based arts organizations. We’re demanding stronger federal support for nonprofits and small businesses, especially in communities of color; continuation of expanded unemployment benefits; increased incentives for charitable giving; and federal assistance in offsetting state and local revenue shortfalls.

Please e-mail and call your Congressional legislators to let them know you support this agenda and urge them to take action to support the creative sector in Texas and across the country. We need your voice now. 

 

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