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

Texas Arts Advocacy Summit

Register now for our 2021 Virtual Arts Advocacy Summit! 

Every other February, while the Texas legislature is in session, Texans for the Arts Foundation hosts Texas Arts Advocacy Day at the capitol building. The event consists of speakers, meeting with legislators, and celebrating the importance of arts and culture in our state. 

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the Texas State Capitol is restricted so we will be hosting our first Virtual Arts Advocacy Summit!

However, our message has not changed and 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!  The arts change our lives and transform our communities all across Texas!


Registration is now OPEN for the 
Texans for the Arts Foundation Virtual Texas Arts Advocacy Summit 2021!



Due to the virtual nature of this year's Summit, we will be holding it sequentially on
three dates:

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Tuesday February 9, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

[and visits with Legislators and/or their staff between 1:00-5:00 p.m.]

AND Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Don’t miss these three different sessions which - together - set the stage to ensure your voice as an arts advocate is heard in the virtual halls of the Texas State Capitol!



Step 1: January 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CST - "Setting the Stage" - Virtual Training Session around how to set up a legislative meeting and what to accomplish followed by a panel discussion on how to use the media to tell your stories!

Step 2: February 9, 2020 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon CST - "Speak Up Speak Out" Virtual Training Session on the key advocacy issues, guest speakers, art breaks and more!

That same afternoon, February 9th, between 1:00-5:00 p.m. you will make scheduled visits with your legislators and/or their staff. These visits are being organized by advocacy "Captains" in each district. When you sign up, you can designate whether you would like to be a "Captain"!

Step 3: February 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST - "Celebrate and Next Steps!" Virtual Wrap Up and Online Happy Hour!

Texans for the Arts Foundation's Texas Virtual Arts Advocacy Summit is generously supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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.

We face unprecedented challenges in our sector due to the devastating impact of COVID-19. It is more important than ever that we come together and share our stories about the challenges the pandemic has created, but also the vital importance of the arts in our lives during these times of struggle and isolation. 

Typically, we meet in the Texas Capitol in Austin, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the building has restricted access to the public until further notice. We are excited to come together nonetheless! With this year’s summit being held virtually, it creates a unique and exciting opportunity for you, as advocates, to participate from anywhere in the State!

At the Texas Arts Advocacy Summit Virtual Sessions on Tuesday January 26, 2021 and Tuesday February 9th, 2021 (and a virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, February 11, 2021), learn how to put your passion about the arts into constructive and informative advocacy through orientation, training, and more. Texans for the Arts Foundation will provide digital materials for you to share with your legislators on the issues most important to all of us:

* protecting public support for the arts

* protecting the municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax and the 15% allocation for the arts, particularly through the COVID-19 recovery period

* ensuring our vital resources provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and their Cultural District program funding remain intact

* seeking additional support for COVID-19 relief for the arts and culture sector

* supporting other policies and programs including arts & the military, arts & education, arts & the justice system and more.

As artists, arts administrators, board members, and citizens interested in the arts, you are already advocating every day through your work.

JOIN US as we demystify arts advocacy and set attendees off on productive and rewarding virtual visits with their elected officials.



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For information on previous Arts Advocacy days: 2019 | 2017

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