Thursday, January 20, 2011

There's Still Time to Register for Arts Advocacy Afternoon at the State Capitol

The Georgia 2012 budget proposal recommends moving the Georgia Council for the Arts under the Georgia Department of Economic Development. What will this mean for the Arts in Georgia? Come to Arts Advocacy Afternoon at the Capitol and Find Out!

Remember, there is strength in numbers! Please send this to your colleagues, co-workers, and constituents.

There's Still Time to Register for Arts Advocacy Afternoon at the State Capitol

The Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies (GACAA) will gather arts professionals and supporters  from throughout the state for Arts Advocacy Afternoon at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. That day marks the formal launch of the new 2011 Arts Advocacy campaign for Georgia.

Those who wish to participate should:

1. REGISTER ONLINE for the GACAA Arts Advocacy Day Training Session on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tull Hall, Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta.

Click Here To Register [].

The church is located across the street from the state capitol in easy walking distance from Legislators' offices. Registration is free! If you want to order a $10 boxed lunch you can also do so online.

2.CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS to arrange a meeting with them or with a senior member of their staff on Tuesday, January 25, anytime after 1:15 p.m.

Click Here to find out who your state legislators are and how to contact them! []

Then call or email each of them to ask for the appointment. Be clear, confident and direct. If they ask what your visit is in reference to, be sure to communicate that you are a voter from the legislator's district and you want to talk to him/her about the arts industry in Georgia.

3. FORM YOUR LOCAL DELEGATION. Recruit members of your community who are arts supporters and, if possible, who support or personally know your legislators, to attend the Arts Advocacy Afternoon training and then visit legislators with you.

Ideally, these delegates are informed, active members of your community who support the arts and realize the value of the arts and culture in your community.

On January 25th dress warmly and professionally. The idea is to reinforce to our elected officials that arts funding is an investment in our state's economy which generates an enormous return on investment. We want to emphasize the arts and cultural industry as a business so please leave the Shakespearean wardrobe at home!

Check in will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at Noon. Participants will be given talking points and printed material to deliver to their legislators. They will then separate into regional delegations to deliver the message to their elected officials.

If you have questions or need more information please contact GACAA Advocacy Chair, J. Cindy Hill, at [] or at 478-731-5917.

Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies []

Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies | PO Box 463 | Conyers | GA | 30012
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