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

Levels of Advocacy

Whether you have only a few minutes or an entire week, there’s always something you can do to advocate for the arts. We’ve compiled a list of action steps based on how much time they take to accomplish. Take a look at your schedule and see what works for you! This month, check out the Arts Advocacy Interim Challenge to advocate for the arts in Texas!

Take 10 minutes (or less)

  • Social Media Shout Out
    • Use #TXforTheArts and #TXArtsAreEssential and share a statement of support for the arts, a personal story about how the arts impact you, or a statistic about the arts in your community. And like our Facebook page! 
  • Attend & Attest
    • Attend an arts event and take a photo of the event, artist, or artwork. Post to social media with #TXforTheArts.
  • Make a Speech
    • Are you hosting your own art event? A performance? A gallery opening? During your curtain speech, take a moment to tell your audience about the importance of the arts in their community. Share how their support of the arts at the public policy level allows them to access the arts experience they're about to see.
  • Invite Your Mayor
    • Invite an elected official to attend an arts event with you! (Note: If you're an organization, you can't buy them a ticket or offer one for free. However, a board member can pay for their ticket and take them as their guest).
  • Email Elected Officials
    • Email your Mayor, City Council members, School Board members, State Legislators, and Congressional Representatives. Tell them how meaningful the arts are to you and your community. If you need a boost, we have a template for your elected officials here and a portal to find your state legislators here.

Take 1 hour

  • Write
    • Write a blog post on your website or a letter to your elected official or newspaper editor. A personal story is powerful. You can also email us your story at [email protected] so we can share it far and wide! You can also use our letter writing template.
  • Take a Video
    • Post a video about how the arts have impacted you or about an amazing arts event in your community. Remember to #TXforthearts to loop us in. Or, send it to us and we'll post for you!
  • Make a Meeting
    • Set up a meeting with your city and county council members, school board members and state legislators and discuss how they can support the arts in the community. You can grab coffee or meet at City Hall - any kind of meeting provides an opportunity to advocate! You can check out our sample phone script to help you reach out.
  • Leave a Public Comment
    • Find out what your City Council meeting agendas are. Call your City Hall to ask about when your Council meets and how to give a Public Comment. Sign up and when it's your turn, tell your Council members how you want to forward the arts in your community. Check out this script as a starting place. Stay for the whole meeting so you can learn about the process, too.

Take 24 hours (or more!)

  • Host a Rally
    • Bring a group of arts advocate together and make your voices heard. Check with your local government about how to host a rally on public property and invite your friends!
  • Host an Event
    • Host an event at a local arts center, cultural institution, school or even a park and invite public officials and/or arts leaders. Give people the opportunity to discuss the future of the arts in your community. Check out our Event Action Plan checklist to guide you.
  • Alert the Press
    • Set up a press conference with your local media during Arts Advocacy Interim Challenge. Invite arts leaders, organizations and your elected officials and band together to let your community how important the arts are.
  • Pass a Resolution
    • Reach out to your City Council about having them pass an "Arts Advocacy Day" (or week or month!) Resolution. This resolution helps your city officially recognize the arts in your town each year. Please email [email protected] if you’re interested in taking this on so we can help draft the language and coordinate with other cities.


Adapted from South Carolina Arts Alliance





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