It’s our annual opportunity to collectively share our voices with policy-makers about the value of the arts to Ohio! Join thousands of arts advocates at home, and in Columbus, to tell your story about the impact of the arts on your community, the economic vitality of our state, and the educational opportunities our children have through the arts.
Our charge for Arts Day (Wednesday, May 9th):
- Make the case for the importance of public funding for the arts and arts education through the Ohio Arts Council’s budget. Your advocacy efforts last year helped restore funding to the Ohio Arts Council with a 30.5% increase in the budget over the previous biennium.
- Use the E-Advocacy Center at www.OhioCitizensForTheArts.org to obtain names and contact information for your legislators.
- Schedule appointments with your legislators in Columbus on Arts Day – Wednesday, May 9th. If you can’t join us in Columbus visit your legislators local offices and talk with staff. To obtain contact information use the E-Advocacy Center at www.OhioCitizensForTheArts.org
- Use the advocacy resources found on the Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ website (www.OhioCitizensForTheArts.org) and the Ohio Arts Council’s website to make the case for the importance of the arts in your community(www.oac.state.oh.us/MakingTheCase).
- If you aren’t already a member, we urge you to become a member of Ohio Citizens for the Arts today! Promote becoming a member to your colleagues and friends. It’s as simple as visiting our website at www.OhioCitizensForTheArts.org and clicking on the membership tab.
To follow are some tips for visiting Legislators or their staff:
- Bring materials (brochure, catalog, letter) describing your organization, artist’s work, educational programming, etc. to share during your legislative visits.
- Arrive for your visit on time, but be prepared to wait.
- Introduce yourself, and if necessary other participants, by name and organization affiliation.
- Describe the ways in which you participate in the arts (attending, supporting, volunteering, working, and studying) and why the arts are important to you and your community.
- Express appreciation for the legislator’s prior support of the arts and mention any grants, resources or services you have received from the Ohio Arts Council.
- Underscore how the state’s investment in the arts yields big returns in economic productivity, educational success, and community well-being.
- Leave any materials you have brought for future use by the legislator or staff.
- Offer to serve as a resource to the legislator or staff member on matters that relate to the arts and arts education.
- Thank the legislator or staff member for meeting with you.
- Follow up with a thank-you note restating the main points of your meeting and include any information you promised to send.
Thank you for joining us as an advocate for the arts and arts education. Together we are making a positive difference for all Ohioans!