Citizens for the Arts Day at the Legislature
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri
Citizens’ for the Arts Day at the Legislature, hosted by Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA), takes place annually at the Missouri State Capitol. Citizens Day is MCA’s signature event in our year-round efforts to advocate for continued public funding for Missouri’s arts industry. The day includes advocacy training, legislative visits, performances, and the Missouri Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards ceremony.
Participants in Citizens’ Day are key in providing the educated, strong voice of support for the arts that ensures the continued attention of the General Assembly towards the economically and educationally important industry that we know the arts to be.
Advocacy efforts of other industries – doctors, nurses, auto dealers, attorneys – are very organized and well-funded. It is therefore essential that individual artists, arts organizations, arts patrons and arts volunteers join together similarly, as one industry, to show the impact of the arts on our state.
Contacting Your Elected Officials
Regular communication with your area legislators is essential for building the relationships needed for successful advocacy. Arts advocates are encouraged to correspond several times a year with their state representatives and the Governor, especially when a particular issue is being considered such as the budget for the Missouri Arts Council.
Find Your Elected Officials
- Missouri House of Representatives
- Missouri Senate
- Office of the Governor
- Inside the Capitol Building
- Capitol switchboard 573-751-2000
One of the most effective ways of connecting with your Representative or Senator is to visit with them when the General Assembly is not in session and they are home in their districts. Consider asking your State Representative or Senator to make brief comments at the opening of your Missouri Arts Council funded performance or to announce the award winners at an exhibition.