Anyone Can Be an Arts Advocate: Navigating the Federal, State, and Local Advocacy Landscape 101

June 25, 2020, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Session Type: Pre-Event Workshop

Advocating to key policymakers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. In this special pre-event workshop, Americans for the Arts’ experts will walk you through how to use your individual story, the latest research and data, and some easy tips and tricks to engage with decisionmakers at the federal, state, and local level. You’ll engage in interactive workshops and discussions with fellow arts advocates-in-training and practice your angles, pitches, and messaging. Learn the how-to’s of connecting with your elected officials, reaching out effectively, saying the right thing in the room, and maintaining these crucial relationships over time. Whether you are a community organizer, arts administrator, nonprofit leader, or a dynamic changemaker in your own right, “Anyone Can Be an Arts Advocate” will equip you to be the best advocate you can be.

Who should attend: This pre-event workshop is for new or new-at-heart arts advocates looking for the skills to talk to their local, state, and/or federal elected officials—whether that’s a member of the school board or your U.S. Congressperson.

Optional free add-on: Put Your Skills into Practice on Capitol Hill: All attendees of this workshop will have the option to head to Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon after the workshop to put your new skills into practice. To join this Hill component, attendees must also participate in one additional, virtual, free pre-training prior to arriving in Washington, DC. More information about that pre-training will be provided following registration for the Workshop.