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January 23, 2017 - 12:45pm PST

2017 Standing Up for the Arts – Together!

Welcome Nevada Arts Advocates!  

When it comes to the arts, your voice matters. When our voices become a choir, the message is clear. Together, we can make a difference! As the Nevada State Legislature and Congress readies to deliberate, debate and deliver budgets and policies, it is time for arts advocates everywhere to join in the conversation. When it comes to pubic support of the  arts and arts education, Nevada’s grassroots arts advocates know the power of a unified voice. Together, we Stand Up for the Arts!

What is Advocacy?

Think of it as education. Advocacy helps leadership make informed decisions about the complicated issues they will be asked to support or oppose. Elected officials cannot be an expert on everything, so they turn to others as resources, and, of course, they want to hear from you and other constituents.

When Can I Advocate?

You can advocate on behalf of the arts and arts education no matter what the season. Communicating with elected officials is most effective when it is ongoing. Take the time to get to know the people who represent you, and tell them who you are, and why you care about the arts and arts education.

You do not need to know about specific legislation to talk about why public support for the arts and arts education is important. You just need to let your elected officials know that you think the government has an important role to play when it comes to arts  and arts education funding.

The arts serve everyone regardless of your party affiliation, where you live, how young or old you are, what your income is, and how you vote. In Nevada and Washington, DC, public funding for the arts and arts education requires support from everyone.