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Texas for the Arts Foundation supports educational outreach, our biennial Texas Arts Advocacy Day, our "Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshops" and additional community engagement efforts across the state. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible, as allowable by law. However, tickets purchased for Texas Arts Advocacy Day and "Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshops" are not tax deductible. Thank you for your support!
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ADVOCACY 101 – IT BEGINS WITH YOU!
As a citizen of the state of Texas, you have the right, the privilege and the responsibility to make your voice heard to your elected officials regarding your perspectives on the value and role the arts play in your life and your community, along with any other legislative issues which you feel strongly about.
The Texas legislative session runs from mid-January through May every odd-numbered year. Although they are only “in session” once each biennium, you have the opportunity to communicate with your elected officials any time of the year and in many ways. In fact, building a professional relationship with your legislator outside of the legislative session in your home community is often easier than waiting for the busy session held in Austin.
On this page, you will find links to a wide variety of resources that can help you do anything from get acquainted with the many facets of advocacy to find your legislators to craft your message to build a network of advocates in your area. Legislators want to hear from their constituents, both individuals and organizations that reside in their districts. Your voice is important in the legislative process, and we hope you will find these tips helpful as you embark on your advocacy campaign. Please let us know if you have any questions along the way!
If you are new to advocating, ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING: THE BASICS offers an outline of the fundamentals of this work and tips to help you get started.
Not sure what to say when communicating with your legislator? STATE YOUR CASE AND OFFER A SOLUTION can help you craft a clear and compelling message about the issues that are important to you, whether for an individual meeting or a larger advocacy campaign.
Want some practical tips for advocating for the arts? TEN EASY STEPS TO ACTIVATE ADVOCACY provide a clear and easy-to-follow roadmap for getting informed, finding and contacting your elected officials, and building lasting relationships with them.
Ready to expand your advocacy efforts? Visit FIVE MORE ADVANCED STEPS TO MASTERING ADVOCACY for additional suggestions about building networks of advocates and crafting even more comprehensive messaging around the issues that matter most to you.
There are many ways to connect with your legislative officials. What you choose may depend on your location, your representatives’ schedules, and your specific advocacy goals. No matter what strategy works best for you, you can find more information and suggestions for contacting your legislators at WHEN WRITING TO DECISION MAKERS, WHEN VISITING DECISION MAKERS, and WHEN TESTIFYING TO DECISION MAKERS.
Legislators receive many visits and communications every day and have very busy schedules during the legislative session. Make sure to maximize your efficacy and respect their time by checking out MISTAKES TO AVOID.
Working for a nonprofit organization and want to review the legal regulations for lobbying and advocacy? Our LOBBYING AND THE LAW FOR NONPROFITS UNDER SECTION 501(C)(3) page can help you answer questions about the legalities of lobbying, how much money your organization can spend on advocacy activities, and grassroots lobbying, along with many more topics.
In our SAMPLE SECTION, you will find PDF examples of many types of advocacy materials, including sample key messages, sample letter template, letters, calls to action, and op-eds. These samples can be a great place to start when crafting your messaging and materials for a new or existing advocacy campaign.
We hope you find these materials useful in helping build your own personal advocacy took kit!
Texans for the Arts appreciates the following entities and individuals for helping craft this Advocacy Page: Ballet Austin for the original Tool Kit funded by the Meadows Foundation; the Texas Commission on the Arts; and Lauren Smith, Spring 2015 TFA Intern, MFA Candidate in the Drama & Theatre for Youth & Communities program.
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Sign up on "Texas Legislature Online (TLO)" to keep your finger on the pulse of the 84th Legislative Session. To monitor the Texas Commission on the Arts, sign up for alerts on the Texas House's Appropriations - S/C on Articles I, IV & V and the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee; and on the Texas Senate's Finance Committee on Article I. We'll keep in touch about any bills or other actions taken that will potentially impact funding for arts and culture across Texas.
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Bishop Arts Theatre Center, (formerly) TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc., Dallas, 2010
Photo by Jacquie Patrick
It has long been recognized that there is a direct economic correlation between a vibrant and dynamic arts and cultural community and a successful tourism and hotel industry.
The Texas Legislature expressly recognized this when they authorized the Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax - or “HOT” as it is commonly referenced – to allow municipalities to dedicate 15% of HOT funds to “…the encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts…” Click here to read the full Texas statute.
TFA/Texas Hotel Lodging Association Agreement
Texans for the Arts (TFA) and the Texas Hotel Lodging Association (THLA) have come together in a new partnership to foster understanding of the HOT statute and to build stronger local, regional and statewide ties between artists, arts organizations, arts event producers and cultural programmers, and the respective areas’ convention and hotel industries.
TFA and THLA share the goals of promoting the arts and encouraging attendance at arts and cultural events for out of town visitors thereby directly growing and advancing cultural tourism and the convention and hotel industry.
Next steps are for TFA and THLA to work together to create a “Tool Kit”, which will provide municipalities, arts organizations, and the convention and hotel industries with new ideas, best practices, how-tos, and more, to insure that we collectively carry out the legislative intent of investing tax dollars to promote the arts and cultural tourism thereby contributing to positive economic growth in each respective community.
84th Session - Legislative Agenda for 2015
Read about the 2015 Legislative Agenda here.
Public Funding for the Arts
The Texans for the Arts Legislative Agenda says, "To meet the needs for a culturally rich and diverse state as well as the demands for an educated and creative workforce, Texans for the Arts will advocate for the development and implementation of statewide public policy that supports strong and vibrant arts, cultural and creative industries."
Learn more about the 2013-2014 TFA Legislative Agenda here.
Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts
by Randy Cohen
- True Prosperity
- Stronger Communities
- Health and Well Being
- 21st Century Work Force
- Improved Academic Performance
- Arts in the school = better SAT scores
- Creative Industries
- Arts are the cornerstone of tourism
- Arts are good for local merchants
- The arts are an Industry
Read the full document here.
State Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT)
The Texas Legislature expressly recognized the arts as an authorized recipient of revenues from local communities to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in those communities. Specifically, the legislation in adopting the local hotel occupancy tax (HOT) provided in part that revenue form the tax may be used for the encouragement, promotion, improvement and application of the arts…(read more in the Texans for the Arts White Paper here)
Read the Texas HOT Tax Code (351.001) here.