Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Arts Advocacy Day

This is the day to escalate awareness of the value of art and creativity in Vermont.

The arts change our lives and transform our communities. Stories demonstrate how vital the arts and creativity are to Vermont and the nation. Your voice communicates priorities for the investment of public dollars.

Join others from across the state on February 3 to learn, share, and participate in the democratic process.

Two Ways to Participate

1. Come to Montpelier on February 3

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Card Room as pinball arcade

The room will be decked out with informational placards, four Arts Advocacy pinball machines (made by these guys), and advocacy handout sheets. A photographer will be there from 10-3.

10:30 a.m. | Vermont Arts Council, 136 State Street

Zon and Alex will review the Council’s advocacy agenda (with a focus on this year’s appropriation request), supply you with key talking points and materials, and answer questions.

lunchtime | State House cafeteria

Purchase a meal and enjoy it in this lively, crowded room. Steal a moment with your elected officials on the fly.

2 p.m. | State House cafeteria, upper level

Come together again to recharge, share stories, and look ahead to the next advocacy steps.

Plan Ahead

Connect with your legislators ahead of time. Let them know you plan to attend Advocacy Day and that you will be looking for them. Suggest they meet you in the Card Room at a convenient moment for a lively pinball match. Communications work best if they are upbeat and brief.

Don’t be discouraged if your legislator doesn’t know about Arts Advocacy Day. There is a different advocacy event in the Card Room every single day of the session.

Parking is challenging during the legislative session. This Montpelier map gives an overview of possibilities. Parking in state lots is tight but free. Parking on the street is metered and can be paid for with change or credit cards. Most meters have a two-hour limit.

2. Support Advocacy Day Efforts From Home

Play a decisive role for a strong public investment in the arts. If you can’t be in Montpelier February 3, participate by sending informational advocacy messages to your legislators. Vermont legislators must hear from each of us.

Sign a Prepared Letter to Your Legislators

This year, Advocacy Day is early in the budget-building process. We encourage you to think of your message as a request for open minds.

Here’s how:

1. Go to the Action Center.

2. Click the arrow in the upper left box.

3. Click on the link about Arts Advocacy Day.

4. You should see a prepared letter to elected officials. If you see the actual names of your legislators, proceed. If you see generic State Senator and State Representative placeholders, provide the info requested in the right column. (Just an email address and zip code — we won’t share it.)

5. Read the letters. Edit them if you like.

6. Press “Send Message.” Bingo!