Support Arts Advocacy Day 2011! A Call to Action from the Performing Arts Alliance

Apr 4, 2011

This post is taken from the Performing Arts Alliance's Website

On April 5th, 2011, arts advocates from around the country will descend on Capitol Hill to ask Congress to support the arts. Performing arts advocates will join other arts supporters to carry the message to support the arts to the offices of their Representatives and their Senators. But that is not enough - we need your input as well!  Every member of Congress, in every state, needs to hear from the performing arts organizations in their communities, and that is where you come in.

Even though you are not here in person, you can help make this a national day of action in support of the arts. Add your voice to the chorus by contacting your members of Congress on Arts Advocacy Day and urge them to support the issues you care about. Ask them to:

  • Support funding for the National Endowment for the Arts,

  • Support funding for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education,

  • Preserve incentives for charitable giving, including tax deductibility and the IRA Rollover,

  • Support legislation ensuring timely visa processing for foreign guest artists, and

  • Increase funding for cultural exchange.

Contact your members of Congress and communicate the value of the performing arts. Your voice makes a difference!

Talking Points

  • Replace the generic "On behalf of my organization and the audiences and communities we serve" in the first line of the letter with something specific about you. For example, "As a resident of Colorado Springs and the Director of the Ormao Dance Company,"


  • Personalize! Include information about you and your organization. For example, "The Alpine Chorale is celebrating its 10th season."


  • Tell your member of Congress how federal funds are used in your community and what would be lost if those federal funds were reduced or lost. For example, "Last year we used an NEA grant to put on the regional premiere of a new opera titled xxx."


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Two performers, labeled "Kamimachi Yosakoi Naruko-Ren", at the 2006 Yosakoi Festival in Harajuku. Sourced from Sandstein on Flickr.

Tags: Arts Advocacy Day, Performing Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts

Sub Categories

ADVOCACY: Be an Advocate
ADVOCACY: Performing Arts Alliance
ADVOCACY: NEA / Public Funding for the Arts