Thank you for supporting Texans for the Arts and your community as an arts advocate!
This toolkit offers information and resources for how to effectively advocate for the arts in a variety of ways. We’re sure you have a lot of questions - How do I find out who my legislators are? How do I set up a meeting with them? And once I do, what do I say? What if I’m short on time - are there still ways I can help?
There are many ways to advocate, from posting on social media to organizing an event with your legislators. We will outline how you can help at a range of levels!
We’ll also share prep materials for our Texas Arts Advocacy Month. We'll provide some documents and background to help with the advocacy month challenges.
You can start by giving us a shout out at #TXforthearts and #TXartsmatter.
Arts Advocacy Month
This April Texans for the Arts will initiate Arts Advocacy Month. Our goal is to empower you to take action in your own communities to protect and grow the public investment in the arts across Texas even when the legislature is not in session.
Every other odd-numbered year, Texans for the Arts hosts “Texas Arts Advocacy Day” at the State Capitol in Austin to coincide with Texas Legislative Sessions. The special day-long event includes:
- Texans for the Arts’ legislative agenda for the given session
- Guest speakers
- Advocacy training
- The “State of the Arts Report,” an assessment of the economic and educational impact of the arts across the state
- The opportunity to meet with peer arts leaders and community members from across the state
- Visits with your Texas legislators
This event has become increasingly well attended with arts leaders and community members traveling from across the state to Austin.
It is equally important to stay active during even-numbered years. At Texans for the Arts, we’re committed to supporting year-round advocacy, which is why we’re rolling out Arts Advocacy Month this April.
In the following pages, we provide you with resources and statewide messaging for our elected officials to successfully engage in arts advocacy in your home districts. These action steps will strengthen your relationships with decision makers and help you have a stronger impact in Austin when the Texas legislature is in session. Check out our Arts Advocacy April Challenge for more information!
Let’s get started!