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Arts Activism 101

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Abridged presentation from Arts Activism 101, presented by Arts Alliance Illinois at the Illinois Theatre Association conference at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 2009.

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Arts Activism 101

  1. 1. Arts Activism 101 Presented by Arts Alliance Illinois
  2. 2. Arts Alliance Illinois <ul><li>Our work is grounded in the belief that: </li></ul><ul><li>The instinct to be creative is universal </li></ul><ul><li>The arts play an essential role in the social, economic, and educational growth and vitality of Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>The arts must embrace all, celebrate all, and be accessible to all </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is Advocacy? <ul><li>Speaking out on issues you care about in order to have an impact on them. </li></ul><ul><li>Working to secure public funding at the local, state, and federal level </li></ul><ul><li>Urging private funders to maintain and strengthen their arts and culture program </li></ul><ul><li>Pushing for more theater in schools </li></ul>
  4. 4. Create a public policy agenda Educate the public, legislators, and candidates Register voters and run Get out the Vote Engage in a limited amount of lobbying
  5. 5. Do NOT endorse or oppose candidates Do NOT coordinate activities with candidates Do NOT have candidates sponsor activities
  6. 6. Keep Legislators Informed
  7. 7. Keep the Media Informed
  8. 8. Educate Your Network
  9. 9. Train Your Network
  10. 10. Own Advocacy
  11. 11. Recruit Political Connections
  12. 12. Cultivate Champions
  13. 13. Meet with Your Legislators
  14. 14. People tend to under-emphasize the impact their letter has on a legislator. If I get 10 letters or emails that are actually written, I pay attention, because it must be important to a sizable portion of my constituency.
  15. 15. Contact Us <ul><li>Ra Joy </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Scarlett Swerdlow </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.artsalliance.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.facebook.com/artsallianceillinois </li></ul>

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