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.
Thank you to all of our presenters 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!
Photo by Matt Stryker