Wow, we had some really fantastic bloggers for Arts Advocacy Month.
We started out with a bang with Will Maitland Weiss from The Arts & Business Council of New York [ABC/NY], who gave us some important tips on dealing with our city and state representatives and helped us craft our message when communicating with those representatives.
Next Adam Huttler, Executive Director of Fractured Atlas told us that our community can be a powerful special interest group.
Norma P. Munn, Steering Committee Member for the One Percent for Culture Campaign and Chair of the NY City Arts Coalition covered the basics of Arts Advocacy 101.
And our key note blogger, Paul Nagle, Executive Director for Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability (ICSCS) covered some important changes in international arts policy that we should all be aware of. He also shared some of the platforms and programs that ICSCS is developing that surrounds some of those policy changes.
There was also a lot of feedback from our community, who left some really good questions and comments.
Thank you all for contributing and we hope to be able to continue these important discussions.
Some Advocacy Items to be aware of:
- You can still email to your elected officials about the city and state budgets (or consider sending a letter)
- American Alliance for Theatre & Education's Awareness project that asks us all to help spread the word about Theatre In Our Schools Month
- The NEA's recently released Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
- National Arts Advocacy Day April 4–5, 2011
- Check to see if your performance venue would qualify for the Tax Abatement proposal and help us gather some important information to help that move on to the next step
In honor of World Theatre Day (March 27th) we are dedicating March to the International Theatre community. We have some great bloggers lined up. Please stop by, ask questions and share your thoughts about how the OOB/Indie theatre community can be a part of the international theatre community. And check out the NYC World Theatre Day blog.