What is Advocacy?
The Vermont Arts Council defines advocacy as a political process in which individuals or groups of people 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.
Your voice makes a difference
A single opinion has proven to have considerable strength, especially when expressed collectively. There are a number of avenues for effective advocacy.
- Use the Council’s Action Center to stay informed
- Speak directly with elected officials in public meetings or in person
- In public forums, ask candidates what their positon is for supporting arts and culture
- Send personal letters or email to your elected officials
- Invite your elected officials to arts events in your community
2016 Statewide Elections
Take an active role in the democratic process.
- Pose one or more of these questions in public forums and when you see candidates face-to-face:
- How can the creative sector drive economic development across the state?
- What personal experience with arts, culture, or creativity had an impact on your life and your view of Vermont? How has that changed you?
- What will you do as governor to champion arts education with our youth in our schools and in our communities?
- What specifically should the state invest in to ensure the vitality of Vermont’s creative sector?
- How would you utilize our state’s cultural assets to make Vermont a place where people want to live, work, play, and visit?
- What actions will you take in your first 100 days to provide support and resources to the creative community?
- Read gubernatorial candidates' responses to arts-specific questions.
- Know how Vermonters feel about the role of the arts in their lives
- Vote in the general election, November 8.
The Arts Council as advocate
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.
- Advocacy Updates
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. (January, 2016, February, 2016, March, 2016, March 28, 2016 — special, April, 2016, April 10, 2016 — special, May, 2016)
- Vermont Arts Advocacy Day
Each year, arts advocates from around the state use this one day to connect with elected officials about the value of arts and culture in individual and collective life.
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, and others.
- The Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont, updated July, 2014
- The Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont, November, 2010