Texas Arts Advocacy Day 2019, Austin. Photo credit: Matt Stryker

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Thank you to all our participants - 2021 (Virtual) Texas 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 state capitol building. The event consists of learning about the relevant legislative issues, advocacy training, 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 was restricted, so we hosted our first Virtual Arts Advocacy Summit.

One thing that is consistent is our message - that the arts are transformative and an essential part of our community life and help build safe, vibrant and equitable communities.  It continues to be vitally important that our Texas State legislators hear from each of us about how the arts benefit our lives, our school children, the Texas economy, and much more!  The arts change our lives and are a cornerstone of community health and livelihood all across Texas!

Check out our 2021 Virtual Arts Advocacy Summit page for a host of resources and links drawn from the Summit and that are important for continuing our conversation with our elected officials.

 

A special thank you to the Texas Commission on the Arts for their critical support of

Texans for the Arts Foundation's 2021 Virtual Arts Advocacy Summit!

 

Texans for the Arts Foundation would like to give a shout out to our team who conducted the HOT Toolkit Workshop on November 12th.  Thank you Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director, Ballet Austin and President, Texans for the Arts Foundation; Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts; Travis James, Vice President, TXP, Inc.; Greg Conte, Data Analysis Manager, Texas Comptroller’s Office; Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League; and Brian Sullivan, Deputy General Counsel, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association.

In the most challenging of times Texans for the Arts Foundation (TFAF) launched the Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Toolkit, an online resource for arts, municipal, hotel and tourism leaders that is a comprehensive compendium of what you need to know about Texas’ Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax, Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code, and the positive impact HOT can have in communities across Texas.

The goal of the HOT Toolkit is to explain the complexities of the Hotel Occupancy Tax, and to give voice as to why investing the allowable "up to 15% for the arts" is a sound investment in the social health and economic well being and recovery of every community.

It is crucial now, more than ever, that stakeholders from arts organizations, municipalities, hotels and the convention and tourism industry work side by side with our communities’ best interests in mind.

If you missed our Workshop, you can listen to it in its entirety here. Be sure to also check out the 3 minute video (linked above) about the Toolkit, and the web site itself at www.hottoolkit.com

Texans for the Arts Foundation would like to thank the Houston Endowment for their grant support of the HOT Toolkit. It would not have been possible without their commitment to this work. Texans for the Arts Foundation also thanks the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association for their long term partnership. 

 

If you have any questions about the Toolkit or about the Hotel Occupancy Tax, or have ideas about how to share the Toolkit around the state - please get in touch at [email protected]

 

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