"The Pool" by Jen Lewin, Chalk The Block Festival, El Paso, TX, October 2013, photo by Brian Wancho

Texas Arts Advocacy Day

THANK YOU ADVOCATES! 


On February 5th, over 180 arts leaders and advocates spoke up at Texans for the Arts' 2019 Texas Arts Advocacy Day.  Traveling from across the state, participants spent the morning learning about the issues, at lunch enjoying music in the Rotunda, and then an afternoon making over 80 visits with their Texas legislators and their staff.  They shared important data and their stories about how the arts make a difference in their communities and in their legislators' districts and sharing Texans for the Arts' 86th Session Legislative Agenda.

A special shout out to all of our presenters who are listed in the schedule below including Representative Gina Hinojosa (D-49), and to the State Preservation Board's staff for making a day in the Capitol so rewarding. 

We still have our work cut out for us in the coming weeks.  Make sure your legislators continue to hear from you about your work and why supporting the public investment in the arts is so important!  The state budget is not finalized until the end of the Session, so keep up the outreach in the coming weeks and months. We will continue to keep you apprised of how to make your voices heard.

The arts change our lives and transform our communities!  Thank you, again, to all of the participants, for speaking up and playing a vital role in advocating for a strong public investment in the arts.  It continues to be 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!  

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2019 ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE    
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas

                                                        

Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

10:30 a.m.              
WHO – Welcome – Texans for the Arts Foundation     
* Who we are, what we do, how we engage across the state, why we are here
Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director Ballet Austin; President, Texans for the Arts
Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

                                
10:40-10:50 a.m.     
WHY – From the Legislator’s Perspective
* Why advocacy matters, what makes for a successful legislative visit  
Representative Gina Hinojosa, District 49

10:50-11:20 a.m.    
Invest in the Arts, The Arts Perform, ArtCanTexas
* Hear about their new economic and arts education impact report providing valuable data and perspectives from across the state.
Heidi Marquez Smith, Executive Director, and Jenny Parry, Director of Programs, Texas Cultural Trust; 
Travis James, TXP, Inc.
Brent Hasty, Executive Director, MINDPOP
                             

WHAT - Overview of Texans for the Arts' Legislative Agenda for the 86th Session
Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

11:20-11:30 a.m.    
HOT Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax
How the Hotel Occupancy Tax ("HOT") plays a role in fueling the creative economy, to the partnership
between TFA and THLA, and what to watch out for in the 86th.
Scott Joslove, CEO & President, Texas Hotel & Lodging 
Association
Cookie Ruiz, President, Texans for the Arts,
                             

11:30-11:40 a.m.     
Texas Commission on the Arts and TCA Cultural Districts
Discuss the impact of Cultural Districts and our work to restore $5 million to the TCA Cultural District grant program.
Dr. Gary Gibbs, Executive Director, Texas Commission on the Arts
Fiona Bond, Executive Director, Creative Waco, Board Member, Texans for the Arts

11:40-11:50 a.m.
The Arts and Military Initiative - "Creative Forces"
Learn about the $500,000 TCA "Exceptional Item" request and how these funds could support a breadth of programs that use the arts - easing veterans' transition back to civil society or supporting formal art/music therapy programs addressing mental health needs.
Jonathan Wei, Executive Director, The Telling Project

12:00–1:00 p.m.      
Celebration and performances in the Capitol Rotunda

Travis High School Classical Guitar Ensemble   
Kupira Marimba Trio

Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

1:15-1:25 p.m.        
HOW - Advocacy and Lobbying
Shannon Ghangurde, Government Relations Strategist, Texans for the Arts

1:25-2:00 p.m.
HOW – Speak Up-Speak Out – Advocacy 101
Demystify arts advocacy through role-playing and what-works-and-what-doesn’t to prepare you for your legislative visits.
Cookie Ruiz, President, Texans for the Arts
Nicholas Dragga, Executive Director  Ballet Lubbock, Board Member, Texans for the Arts
Chris Kiley, Associate Director, Texans for the Arts
 
                                 

2:00-2:10 p.m.        
Closing Remarks - The Impact of Your Voice!

Gwendolyn Kelso, Professional Actor, Voice Artist, Educator

Texas State Capitol, Legislative Offices

2:30-4:45 p.m.          
LEGISLATIVE VISITS

Texans for the Arts' staff will pre-schedule office visits with attendee’s respective legislators and include that information in attendees’ packets.

The Townsend Austin, 718 Congress Avenue, Suite 100

5:00-7:00 p.m.         
CLOSING RECEPTION & HAPPY HOUR for 2019 Arts Advocacy Day for attendees and all Legislators sponsored in part by the Texas Cultural Trust.  
Relax, review the accomplishments of the day, network while listening to live music by Cosmic and enjoying Happy Hour victuals.  Special thanks to The Townsend Austin for their hospitality.
                                

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Last Update2/10/19 

Photo credits:  Matt Stryker

 

Thank you Texas arts leaders!


Texans for the Arts Foundation held a most successful 2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day
on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas

Over 245 arts leaders and citizen activists gathered from across the state 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. On February 9th, we used our voices to speak up about the importance of investing public resources in the arts across our towns, cities, regions, state and nation. 

 

 

2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day was a day not to be missed!  We began 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 sponsored by the Texas Cultural Trust which ended at 7:00 p.m.

2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day inspired!  It demystified arts advocacy and set 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.  Thank you for joining 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 provided materials that were left with legislators on the issues most important to all of us: increasing public support for the arts.  Arts Advocacy Day was a day of camaraderie and empowerment!  

 

 Special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts for their generous support of 2017 Arts Advocacy Day through a grant to Texans for the Arts Foundation. 

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 2017 ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE    
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas

 

Legislative Conference Center, E2.002

10:00-10:30 a.m.     Coffee
         
                        

Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

10:00-10:30 a.m.     Registration

10:30 a.m.                 WHO – Welcome – Texans for the Arts Foundation     
                                  * Who we are, what we do, how we engage across the state,
                                 why we are here

                                  Jonathon Glus, President
                                  Ann S. Graham, Executive Director
                                  Dr. Gary Gibbs, Director, Texas Commission on the Arts

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.   WHY – From the Legislator’s Perspective
                                 * Why advocacy matters, what makes for a successful legislative visit

                                  Scott Daigle, Chief of Staff for Representative Donna Howard, District 48 stepping in for:
                                  Representative Donna Howard, District 48
                                  Representative Kyle Kacal, District 12

 

11:00–11:40 a.m.     Introduction and Keynote – “The Arts Ripple Effect”

                                  Margy Waller, Senior Fellow with Topos Partnership shares her
                                 critical research about how communities are successfully developing 
                                 goodwill and support for the arts by changing the landscape of public
                                 understanding. 

                                 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?  How do we connect with our
                                 legislators about why the arts are a critical part of our community
                                 landscape?

 11:40-12:10 p.m.    WHAT – Our Collective Agenda for the 85th Session
                                  Invest in the Arts, The Arts Perform, ArtCanTexas

                                  Jennifer Ransom Rice, Former Executive Director, Texas Cultural Trust;
                                  Travis James, Texas Perspectives; and Brent Hasty, Executive
                                  Director, MINDPOP,
 unveil their new economic and arts education
                                 impact report providing valuable data and perspectives from across
                                 the state.

 

Legislative Conference Center, E2.002

12:15-1:00 p.m.       Grab your boxed lunch – catered by The Capitol Grill

 

State Capitol Rotunda 

12:00–1:00 p.m.       Celebration and performances in the Capitol Rotunda

                                 Travis High School Classical Guitar Ensemble   
                                  Kupira Marimba Trio
                                  Panoramic Voices, A Choral Collaborative   

                                 

Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

1:00-1:25 p.m.         WHAT – Texans for the Arts Foundation’ 85th Legislative Agenda

                                  Overview – Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

                                 WHY - Public Support for the Arts

                                  Dr. Matthew Hinsley, Executive Director, Austin Classical Guitar

                                 * HOT – Hotel Occupancy Tax

                                  Brian Sullivan, Chief General Counsel, Texas Hotel and Lodging Association 
                                 speaks to the vital role the Hotel Occupancy Tax – “HOT” – plays in
                                 fueling the creative economy. Joining Mr. Sullivan will be Cookie Ruiz
                                  Executive Director, Ballet Austin and Vice President, Texans for
                                  the Arts
, to share how working together, TFA and THLA benefit our
                                 creative communities.

                                  * Texas Commission on the Arts

                                  Dr. Gary Gibbs, Director, Texas Commission on the Arts

                                  Ensure the base legislative appropriation for the Texas Commission
                                 on the Arts (“TCA”), with a particular focus on maintaining the Cultural
                                 & Fine Arts District funding as related to Texans for the Arts’ successful
                                 appropriation efforts in the 84th Session.

                                  Fiona Bond, Executive Director, Creative Waco
                                 
Perspective from the Cultural District Field

                                  * Keep Texas Open for Business

                                 Betty Matingou, Co-Manager, Keep Texas Open For Business Campaign
                                  Sandy Dochen, Manager Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM

                                 Support legislation and public policy that provides for inclusion and
                                 equal treatment of all Texas residents and visitors across all sectors
                                 of our state including, but not exclusive to those policies that affect
                                 the arts, business, cultural tourism, travel and all forms of economic
                                 activity.

 1:25-2:00 p.m.        HOW – Speak Up-Speak Out – Advocacy 101

                                Take pride in your work and its value to the community!

                                 Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director, Ballet Austinand
                                 Vice President, Texans for the Arts,
is joined by other members of
                                TFA’s Board of Directors to demystify arts advocacy through role-
                                playing and what-works-and-what-doesn’t to prepare you for your
                                visits with your legislators.

 

Texas State Capitol, Legislative Offices

2:00-5:00 p.m.          LEGISLATIVE VISITS

                                 TFA staff will pre-schedule office visits with attendee’s respective
                                 legislators and include that information in attendees’ packets.

 

The Townsend Austin, 718 Congress Avenue, Suite 100

5:00-7:00 p.m.         CLOSING RECEPTION & HAPPY HOUR for Arts Advocacy Day
                                  attendees and all Legislators sponsored by the
                                  Texas Cultural Trust.  Relax, review the accomplishments of the day, network while
                                  listening to the live music by The Belle Sounds and enjoying Happy Hour victuals.  Special
                                  thanks to The Townsend Austin for its hospitality!

 

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Last Update 2/15/17