What is Advocacy?
The Vermont Arts Council defines advocacy as a political process in which individuals or groups of people aim to influence public policy and resource allocation decisions at national, state, and local levels.
Government decision makers deserve to be well informed as they craft policy and legislation. It is fundamentally useful to speak about the real value that arts and culture provide in our communities and in Vermont. The Council works diligently to secure funding in support of arts and culture by engaging in:
National Arts Advocacy Day
Each March, Arts Council staff travel to Washington, DC to meet with Vermont’s elected officials as well as other state arts agency leaders. In 2014, Arts Advocacy day will be March 24-25.
Advocacy Updates ( February 13, 2014, March 5, 2014, May 8, 2014)
During the Vermont legislative session the Council distributes news and, sometimes, calls to action about the Arts Council’s appropriation and other arts-related issues.
The Council invites practitioners, administrators, supporters, and enthusiasts to gather for learning and sharing at a biennial summit.
The Arts Council fosters relationships that advance the arts and culture agenda. The Council works purposefully with the Department of Education, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Office of Creative Economy, and others.
How Can You Get Involved?
The Vermont Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, the Council can engage in advocacy and lobbying efforts, to a degree. The Council depends on the voices of its constituents—a voice proven to be most effective, especially when expressed collectively.
There are many avenues for effective advocacy, including
- Speaking directly with elected officials in public meetings or in person.
- Phoning your elected officials. Leave messages!
- Sending personal letters or email to your elected officials.
- Joining collective statements. Signing petitions.
For National Issues
For Local Issues
- Contact your elected officials
- Learn arts advocacy strategies
- Contact Vermont media (list updated 1/2014)
- Legislative Arts Caucus
The Arts Council is here to support your advocacy efforts. Please contact Zon Eastes by email or by calling 802.828.5423 if you have questions or information to share.