Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA) offers free training workshops and webinars. Offered statewide in collaboration with local arts agencies, these sessions educate arts advocates on how to effectively communicate the importance of public funding for the arts to elected officials and key leaders. Advocacy workshops include tips for visiting with legislators and attending a school board meeting and teach how you as a voter, can influence others to win support for the arts in your community.
Attend a Free Advocacy Training Workshop in Your Area…
MCA staff and volunteers present free advocacy workshops around the state on an annual basis, generally in the late fall and early winter months (and we’ll do it more often, if we get requests). Currently, there are no sessions scheduled, but if you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact us and we will work with you to organize one in your area.
Online Training for Arts Advocates…
- How to be a Better Arts Advocate presentation
Download presentation here.
Help grow MCA’s grassroots network of arts advocates by using this presentation at an upcoming board or annual meeting of your arts organization.
Assessing Your Advocacy IQ…
As you work with your arts agency to develop advocacy efforts, ask the following questions.
- Do we understand why legislative advocacy is important to meeting our mission?
- Do we have a commitment to advocacy?
- Do we have a policy agenda?
- Do we understand the rules governing non-profit advocacy?
Info. at: www.clpi.org/the-law/irs-rules
- Do we understand the legislative process?
Info. at: www.senate.mo.gov/bill-law.htm
- Do we have relationships with elected officials, community leaders, governmental agencies?
Need answers? Contact MCA. When possible, MCA staff can attend your board or annual meeting assist your efforts.
Missouri’s Arts Industry
To assist you in your efforts with elected officials, use this information provided by the Missouri Arts Council (MAC). It will strengthen your statement about how the arts improve the quality of life of Missourians, better the state’s economy and impact education.
For more information about the impact of MAC funded programs and services,
visit the MAC web site.