10 Grassroots Actions You Can Carry Out In Your Own Community

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Becoming a Grassroots Arts Advocate involves getting involved in your local and state political community. Then you can act as a bridge between your local artists and arts organizations and their elected officials. Below are 10 actions you can take to become an effective Arts Advocate:

  1. JOIN MCA!  Being on our e-mail list is the best way to stay informed about Maryland Arts issues, and to know when and how to Take Action to support the Arts.
  2. Write, fax, phone or e-mail the Governor and your representatives in the General Assembly and ask them to support public arts funding. Consult our Advocacy 101 Guide for tips on communicating with elected officials.
  3. Ask your local officials (mayors, city/council members) to write a letter to their county delegation in support of public arts funding and the importance of retaining the state commitment.
  4. Get involved in local politics and educate political candidates about arts issues before they take office. Consult NASAA’s Election Primer on our website.
  5. Welcome new state and local officials to office after an election and offer assistance on questions about arts issues.
  6. Work to cultivate spokespersons for the arts in your community, and ask them to carry the message to local and state elected officials. Ideally, these should be highly visible individuals with access to your representatives (i.e. – business leaders, political contributors, civic leaders, board members, etc). Encourage other boards and organizations to adopt a statement in support of public arts funding.
  7. Work with the media in your community. Write a letter to the editor or place op-ends, arrange editorial board meetings with newspapers, ask your local TV and radio stations to announce arts events, or arrange to appear on a local TV or radio talk show to discuss public support for the arts. For more information, consult the Media section of our Legislative Action Center and read the Media Primer. 
  8. Work with local arts organizations to establish a Government Affairs Committee to monitor issues affecting public arts funding.
  9. Invite your elected officials to any arts events with which you are connected and ask them to participate. Be sure to turn any event like this into a press opportunity.
  10. Recognize your elected officials for their support of the arts whenever possible.

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