Studies consistently prove that the arts stimulate economic activity, positively impact quality of life issues and help students achieve in varied educational settings. When talking or corresponding with an elected official, it is important to raise these points and to have specific information that is relevant to the areas he/she represents.
When municipal, state and federal budgets are being drafted, the argument for “art for art’s sake” is not enough, even with proven arts supporters and patrons. Arts advocates must make the case that the arts are a thriving industry, contributing significantly to our communities. Missouri Citizens for the Arts’ (MCA) advocacy efforts are year-round, and it is never too late for new advocates to get involved.
To assist you in your efforts with elected officials, CLICK HERE to view the Missouri Arts Council Fact Sheet, 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 website.
Become a strong advocate for the arts in your community, Jefferson City, and beyond. We provide content for your own compelling messages about the importance and impact of the arts in your community.
In 1993, the state legislature created the Missouri Cultural Trust in an effort to help stabilize funding for the arts in Missouri. The Trust is funded by 60% of the income tax on non-resident professional athletes and entertainers (A&E tax). The Trust is governed by the members of the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) and five elected officials: two members each from House of Representatives & the Senate, and the State Treasurer.
Access the State Statute (section 143.183 RSMo) that defines the Cultural Trust here.
Access the summary of the Missouri Non-resident Athletes & Entertainers Tax here.
The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art. The members of these associations have joined together with other fine arts and education-related organizations in Missouri in order to speak with a louder voice for the importance of the arts in schools. For more information about the MAAE or to get involved as a volunteer, teacher or student, visit MAAE’s web site.
Americans for the Arts (AFTA), a national arts advocacy organization, is an important resource for arts advocate. AFTA regularly conducts studies on the impact of the arts nationwide, organizes advocacy efforts at the Federal level and offers a variety of publications, webinars and interest groups to assist citizens and groups in their efforts to advocate for public support of the arts. For more information about AFTA’s programs and services, particularly their studies on the economic impact of the arts, visit the AFTA web site.
Here is an informative infographic that illustrates why the arts matter in Missouri. Check it out!
Missouri Citizens for the Arts established the Missouri Arts Advocacy Awards in 1984 to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses which play a significant role as advocates and participants in fostering the arts.
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