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.
make 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
2017 Advocacy Agenda
- Increase the Arts Council appropriation by $500,000. As per regular budget protocol, the Arts Council presented a proposal to the budget office and the outgoing Governor’s office. The Council will also present this budget to the new Governor’s office and the legislature.
- Insert the arts and creativity into Act 186 (the 2014 act relating to reporting on population-level outcomes and indicators and on program-level performance measures). The Council will define measurable ways in which the arts, culture, and creativity contribute to Vermont’s highest-level outcomes.
- Ensure the arts are a part of every Vermont student's education. The Council is working with the Department of Education in the context of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Vermont Act 77.
- increased cognizance of the arts, culture, and creativity in Vermont’s identity
- incentives for small creative businesses
- expansion of legislative commitments to the arts, drawing from ideas of model states
Sometimes an update, sometimes a call to action. Always information about the Council's position during the legislative session.
- The Vermont Creative Sector Economy (on Vermont Creative Network site), August, 2016
- The Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont, updated July, 2014
- The Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont, November, 2010