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. Here are steps you can take now to be an arts advocate:
1. Write to your legislators
Using this tool from the Americans for the Arts' Arts Action Fund, email your Congressional legislators emphasizing what the arts sector needs in COVID-19 relief legislation. To make your message more impactful, consider adding a sentence or more to personally tell Congress why this impacts you and your community.
The pre-composed email includes policy asks from the “Arts Sector & Covid-19 Relief Letter” that Texans for the Arts forwarded to our 37 Texans congressional leaders on July 10, 2020. The letter was signed by over 200 arts organizations speaking up to secure public resources to support the arts and culture sector throughout the pandemic.
2. Tell your legislators to Save Our Stages
Stay-at-home orders have devastated live performance venues: they were the first to close and will be in the last to re-open. Join this campaign from the National Independent Venue Association to support the Save Our Stages Actintroduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX).
3. Be An #ArtsHero
Be an #ArtsHero is an intersectional grass roots campaign comprised of Arts & Culture workers, Unions, and institutions in the United States pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy.