Advocacy is more important than ever, starting right now

The time is now to get involved as an activist and leader for the arts and community.

Remember, true, effective advocacy is an ongoing process, and it’s all about engagement with decision makers starting from the ground up. Establishing and strengthening relationships takes time and work, but it’s not complicated and pays off in the long run. To say that 2017 will be “interesting” is an understatement, with a  new president, a new US Congress, a new Wisconsin State Legislature, and the 2017-2019 budget process.  We all need to pay attention and be involved.wisconsincreates-graphic2

Arts Wisconsin is gearing up for action in this new year, and we ask for your help to advocate for Wisconsin Createsan innovative program to invest in Wisconsin’s creative economy.  Here are five things you can do right now to take action:

  • Register for Arts Day 2017 on Thursday, March 9, at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison.  It’s Wisconsin’s biggest day for the arts and this year, especially, you should be there.
  • The 117th US Congress and the 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Legislature begin today, January 3.  Make sure you know who your state and federal elected representatives are and add them to your mailing, social media, and other lists, so they know what’s happening with the arts and creative sector in their districts.  Click here for state legislator info.
  • Check out Arts Wisconsin’s Arts Action Center for news, issues, actions.
  • Sign on to Arts Wisconsin’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to stay up to date on what’s happening in the arts, arts education and creative economy locally and globally.
  • Join or renew your membership in Arts Wisconsin so we can grow our work on behalf of Wisconsin’s amazing arts sector, ensure access to the arts for everyone, everywhere in the state, and expand investment in Wisconsin’s creative sector.

Creative, positive, and vigilant leadership and action are needed from all of us in a challenging world that’s full of opportunities.  Get involved!