Voices from the Field

Advocacy is for Everyone

Christohper Kiley, Associate Director of Texans for the Arts

Advocacy is not reserved only for lobbyists behind closed doors. Advocacy is for all of us. We all have a story. If you are reading this, then I imagine the arts have been an invaluable part of your life in some way. Isn’t that worth fighting for? Of course it is!

As we enter our final weeks of the #EveryMemberCounts Campaign at Texans for the Arts, today I want to talk to you about why I am so inspired by the work of our organization and why I remain committed to it after some six years with Texans for the Arts.

  • Advocacy is for Everyone

    Christohper Kiley, Associate Director of Texans for the Arts

    Advocacy is not reserved only for lobbyists behind closed doors. Advocacy is for all of us. We all have a story. If you are reading this, then I imagine the arts have been an invaluable part of your life in some way. Isn’t that worth fighting for? Of course it is!

    As we enter our final weeks of the #EveryMemberCounts Campaign at Texans for the Arts, today I want to talk to you about why I am so inspired by the work of our organization and why I remain committed to it after some six years with Texans for the Arts.

  • From High Ed Issues to Higher Lessons

    As a student pursuing a master’s degree in the arts, my second degree in the field, it is perhaps unsurprising that advancing the interests of the arts in higher education is something that I am passionate about. I am passionate enough to charge in to defend arts programs at the college level and tell my representatives to vote down a bill that would hurt the arts in higher education.

     

    But as I begin to learn about the current issues through the higher education panel at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Action Summit, I realized that while there are certainly a few immediate concerns that are closely related to priorities of the current administration such as the doubling the Pell Grant and enacting equitable and meaningful student debt forgiveness, in this moment, there is not a specific bill for which to go rushing into frantic defense or support.

  • 10 Advocacy Tips for Legislative Meetings

    Whenever we begin to approach the end of a Texas Legislative Session (although we are still far from the actual finish line!) I always reflect on just how much work goes into advocacy.

     

    The constant stream of phone calls, emails and meetings never seem to end. What I have noticed though is that there is a pattern of best practices that has emerged whenever I approach any of these situations with an elected official or their office. 

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    The outbreak of COVID-19 has left us all in a state of uncertainty many of us have likely never faced.