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

Arts Advocacy Day 2017

Thank you Texas arts leaders!

Texans for the Arts Foundation held a most successful 2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day
on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas

Over 245 arts leaders and citizen activists gathered from across the state 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. On February 9th, we used our voices to speak up about the importance of investing public resources in the arts across our towns, cities, regions, state and nation. 



2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day was a day not to be missed!  We began at 10:30 a.m. with “The Arts Ripple Effect” keynote by Topos Partnership's Margy Waller, followed by advocacy orientation and training, a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda, afternoon visits to our State legislators, and an evening happy hour sponsored by the Texas Cultural Trust which ended at 7:00 p.m.

2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day inspired!  It demystified arts advocacy and set attendees off on productive and rewarding visits with their legislators at the State Capitol.  As artists, arts administrators, board members, and citizens interested in the arts, you are already advocating every day through your work.  Thank you for joining us to learn how to put your passion about the arts into constructive and informative advocacy, through orientation, training, role-playing and more.  Plus, Texans for the Arts provided materials that were left with legislators on the issues most important to all of us: increasing public support for the arts.  Arts Advocacy Day was a day of camaraderie and empowerment!  


 Special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts for their generous support of 2017 Arts Advocacy Day through a grant to Texans for the Arts Foundation. 

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas


Legislative Conference Center, E2.002

10:00-10:30 a.m.     Coffee

Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

10:00-10:30 a.m.     Registration

10:30 a.m.                 WHO – Welcome – Texans for the Arts Foundation     
                                  * Who we are, what we do, how we engage across the state,
                                 why we are here

                                  Jonathon Glus, President
                                  Ann S. Graham, Executive Director
                                  Dr. Gary Gibbs, Director, Texas Commission on the Arts

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.   WHY – From the Legislator’s Perspective
                                 * Why advocacy matters, what makes for a successful legislative visit

                                  Scott Daigle, Chief of Staff for Representative Donna Howard, District 48 stepping in for:
                                  Representative Donna Howard, District 48
                                  Representative Kyle Kacal, District 12


11:00–11:40 a.m.     Introduction and Keynote – “The Arts Ripple Effect”

                                  Margy Waller, Senior Fellow with Topos Partnership shares her
                                 critical research about how communities are successfully developing 
                                 goodwill and support for the arts by changing the landscape of public

                                 What arguments for the arts resonate and what don’t? How do we
                                 identify community strategies that successfully lead to broadly shared
                                 public responsibility for arts and culture?  How do we connect with our
                                 legislators about why the arts are a critical part of our community

 11:40-12:10 p.m.    WHAT – Our Collective Agenda for the 85th Session
                                  Invest in the Arts, The Arts Perform, ArtCanTexas

                                  Jennifer Ransom Rice, Former Executive Director, Texas Cultural Trust;
                                  Travis James, Texas Perspectives; and Brent Hasty, Executive
                                  Director, MINDPOP,
 unveil their new economic and arts education
                                 impact report providing valuable data and perspectives from across
                                 the state.


Legislative Conference Center, E2.002

12:15-1:00 p.m.       Grab your boxed lunch – catered by The Capitol Grill


State Capitol Rotunda 

12:00–1:00 p.m.       Celebration and performances in the Capitol Rotunda

                                 Travis High School Classical Guitar Ensemble   
                                  Kupira Marimba Trio
                                  Panoramic Voices, A Choral Collaborative   


Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

1:00-1:25 p.m.         WHAT – Texans for the Arts Foundation’ 85th Legislative Agenda

                                  Overview – Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

                                 WHY - Public Support for the Arts

                                  Dr. Matthew Hinsley, Executive Director, Austin Classical Guitar

                                 * HOT – Hotel Occupancy Tax

                                  Brian Sullivan, Chief General Counsel, Texas Hotel and Lodging Association 
                                 speaks to the vital role the Hotel Occupancy Tax – “HOT” – plays in
                                 fueling the creative economy. Joining Mr. Sullivan will be Cookie Ruiz
                                  Executive Director, Ballet Austin and Vice President, Texans for
                                  the Arts
, to share how working together, TFA and THLA benefit our
                                 creative communities.

                                  * Texas Commission on the Arts

                                  Dr. Gary Gibbs, Director, Texas Commission on the Arts

                                  Ensure the base legislative appropriation for the Texas Commission
                                 on the Arts (“TCA”), with a particular focus on maintaining the Cultural
                                 & Fine Arts District funding as related to Texans for the Arts’ successful
                                 appropriation efforts in the 84th Session.

                                  Fiona Bond, Executive Director, Creative Waco
Perspective from the Cultural District Field

                                  * Keep Texas Open for Business

                                 Betty Matingou, Co-Manager, Keep Texas Open For Business Campaign
                                  Sandy Dochen, Manager Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM

                                 Support legislation and public policy that provides for inclusion and
                                 equal treatment of all Texas residents and visitors across all sectors
                                 of our state including, but not exclusive to those policies that affect
                                 the arts, business, cultural tourism, travel and all forms of economic

 1:25-2:00 p.m.        HOW – Speak Up-Speak Out – Advocacy 101

                                Take pride in your work and its value to the community!

                                 Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director, Ballet Austinand
                                 Vice President, Texans for the Arts,
is joined by other members of
                                TFA’s Board of Directors to demystify arts advocacy through role-
                                playing and what-works-and-what-doesn’t to prepare you for your
                                visits with your legislators.


Texas State Capitol, Legislative Offices

2:00-5:00 p.m.          LEGISLATIVE VISITS

                                 TFA staff will pre-schedule office visits with attendee’s respective
                                 legislators and include that information in attendees’ packets.


The Townsend Austin, 718 Congress Avenue, Suite 100

5:00-7:00 p.m.         CLOSING RECEPTION & HAPPY HOUR for Arts Advocacy Day
                                  attendees and all Legislators sponsored by the
                                  Texas Cultural Trust.  Relax, review the accomplishments of the day, network while
                                  listening to the live music by The Belle Sounds and enjoying Happy Hour victuals.  Special
                                  thanks to The Townsend Austin for its hospitality!


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