The following advocacy resources provide helpful information about the value of the arts and ways to actively advocate on behalf of the arts industry.
Utilizing aggregated data from the Arizona Cultural Data Project and select additional data sources, “Impact: Arts and Culture in Arizona” illustrates the myriad ways Arizona’s arts and culture sector develops jobs and revenue, contributes to economic health and competitiveness, promotes civic health and pride, and enhances Arizonans’ overall quality of life.
This booklet is designed to help artists, arts organizations and schools effectively communicate the value of their work and the importance of public funding for the arts with elected officials, community leaders, parents, donors, school board members and the public. Included are instructions and tools for acknowledging the Arts Commission and the public funding received, suggestions on how to creatively and effectively relate success stories, as well as helpful advocacy tips and tools.
Additional resources can be found on the Agency Publications page.
Lawmakers may ask whether government has a legitimate role to play in the arts, or may ask whether the arts should receive funds when so many other needs are pressing. This document substantiates why the arts are a sound investment, helping states achieve both short-term and longterm policy goals.
The message for advocates should be clear: government spending on the arts fares better when legislators understand how the arts can advance their own policy agendas. When you know how to put the arts on the public policy agenda, arts funding turns out to be everyone’s business.
Advocacy belongs in the job description of every board member of every arts organization. Discover how to enlist the experts who can make the case for public arts funding: the staff and volunteer leaders, the artists and the audiences for your community’s nonprofit arts organizations.