Texans for the Arts Foundation
2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Texas State Capitol
Join arts leaders and citizen activists from across the state, as we gather to learn, share, and participate in the democratic process. Everyone has a story about how the arts make a difference in their own lives, in that of their families, and in their communities. Your voice (and your Vote!) are the most important tools that you have in speaking up about the importance of investing public resources in the arts across our towns, cities, regions, state and nation.
The arts change our lives and transform our communities! Speak up and play a vital role in advocating for a strong public investment in the arts. It is important that our Texas State Legislators hear from each of us about how the arts benefit our lives, our communities, our school children, the Texas economy, and much more!
2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day is a day not to be missed! We will begin at 10:30 a.m. with “The Arts Ripple Effect” keynote* by Topos Partnership's Margy Waller, followed by advocacy orientation and training, a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda, afternoon visits to our State legislators, and an evening happy hour hosted by the Texas Cultural Trust ending at 7:00 p.m.
2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day inspires! It demystifies arts advocacy and sets attendees off on productive and rewarding visits with their legislators at the State Capitol. As artists, arts administrators, board members, and citizens interested in the arts, you are already advocating every day through your work. Join us to learn how to put your passion about the arts into constructive and informative advocacy, through orientation, training, role-playing and more. Plus, Texans for the Arts will provide materials for you to leave with your legislators on the issues most important to all of us: increasing public support for the arts. Arts Advocacy Day is a day of camaraderie and empowerment!
The $35 participation fee ($20 for students) for Arts Advocacy Day includes lunch, advocacy training, all materials, coordinating legislative visits, and the Happy Hour!
Coming from out of town and need a hotel? Texans for the Arts is partnering with the Hampton Inn & Suite at the University/Capitol, 1701 Lavaca Street, Austin, 78701 for Wednesday, February 8-Thursday, February 9, 2017. Singles/doubles are $199@night. Reservations may be made by calling (512) 499-8881 or going to
* Don't miss our exceptional keynote on "The Arts Ripple Effect"! What arguments for the arts resonate and what don’t? How do we identify community strategies that successfully lead to broadly shared public responsibility for arts and culture? As we seek support from the public realm – our state legislators – learn from Topos Partnership Senior Fellow Margy Waller about how communities are successfully developing goodwill and support for the arts by changing the landscape of public understanding.
- A very special thank you to Creative Waco, the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Waco Hippodrome Theatre for hosting our signature Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop on February 24, 2016 in Waco. The Workshop was a tremendous success and included insightful commentary about advocacy and about the important role the arts play in our schools and in our communities by Texas Representatives "Doc" Anderson (R-Waco) and Kyle Kacal (R-Bryan). Special appreciation to Fiona Bond, Executive Director of Creative Waco, for extending the initial invitation to Texans for the Arts and for working with our Texans for the Arts' members of the Board of Directors who presented the workshop's curriculum. Over 60 attendees participated in the day long workshop.
- Texans for the Arts successfully executed the legislative strategy that secured a new $5 million appropriation for the Texas Commission on the Arts' Cultural & Fine Arts District program during this past 84th Legislative Session. This was one of the single largest arts appropriations in the U.S. in 2015. Thanks to our partners the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts and very importantly, our Texas legislators and state leadership who played a part in insuring this increased investment in public funding for the arts in Texas.
A very special thank you to TFA Board members George Ramirez, President of the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts, and Cristina Balli, now Executive Director of Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, for hosting our rewarding Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop in Brownsville, TX on October 8, 2015. Joined by arts leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley, TFA Board members and TFA Executive Director was the Honorable Rene Oliveira, State Representative from District 37, who shared his perspective of what it is like to 'receive' advocacy and lobbying efforts.
- Did you know that the arts generate $5.1 BILLION for the Texas economy? That the arts contribute nearly $320 MILLION in state sales tax? That at-risk high school students who complete more than one art class are half as likely to drop out? These and other dynamic data reflect the power of the arts to grow the economy of Texas and help students succeed! Check out the Texas Cultural Trust’s 2015 "Invest in the Arts" study here!
Special thanks to the students of MIS 374 at the McCombs Business School of the University of Texas at Austin for building this site!