December 30

10 Arts Advocacy Resolutions for 2014

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Oklahomans for the Arts theme for 2014 is CITIZENSHIP. Over the next 12 months we’re going to provide you with resources and ideas on how to become a better and more engaged citizen. We’ve put together the following list of New Year’s Resolutions to get you started. Good luck and Happy New Year!

Register to Vote
The most important building block of citizenship is voting. Please register to vote.

Mark Elections On Your Calendar
Add local, state and federal election dates to your calendar. Here are some resources to get you started.

Learn About the Issues
Consume local news and stay up on the issues. Engaged citizens know what’s going on in their towns, cities, state, world!

Get To Know Your Elected Officials
If you’re not sure who your state and federal representatives and senators are visit VoteSmart.org. Contact your local town or city hall or visit your city’s website to connect with your city councilperson, mayor and/or city manager. Some of you will want to connect with county officials, and don’t forget your local school board officials. These are the individuals we need to be talking to about more arts education in our schools.

Decide What Issues Matter To You Most
What issue surrounding public funding for the arts matters to you most?

  • Public art?
  • Arts education?
  • Training the next generation of arts leaders and/or philanthropists?
  • Supporting your favorite arts nonprofit and/or artist?
  • Ensuring the Oklahoma Arts Council receives public funding for arts, culture and arts education?

Get to know what issues matter to you most so you can articulate them intelligently to decision makers.

Consider Running for Office
Several Oklahoma-based organizations provide candidate training including the Oklahoman Republican Party and the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Yes, you can run for public office! Did you know President Teddy Roosevelt lost his bid for mayor of New York City? President Lincoln lost eight elections during his career. If you have a political itch, by all means scratch it!

Take Action
Choose three things you’ll do in 2014 to support the issues that matter to you most. Here are some suggestions:

  • Meet with your legislators
  • Send handwritten letters to your local, state or federal officials
  • Invite lawmakers to your arts events
  • Host a fundraiser for Oklahomans for the Arts
  • Attend city council and school board meetings
  • Visit the capitol while the legislature is in session.
  • Write a guest post for a blog or website. Better yet, start your own!

Attend Advocacy Training
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits will provide advocacy training in Tulsa and Oklahoma City next month. Sign up and learn how to be an effective advocate for your cause.

Attend Arts Day at the Capitol
Oklahoma Arts Day at the Capitol is May 7. Make your own mini-advocacy plan for your visit. What kind of booth or activity will you host this year? What legislators will you visit? It’s not too early to practice your elevator speech.

Join Oklahomans for the Arts
The arts face a tough legislative session this year. Help us get out in front of the crisis by joining Oklahomans for the Arts today. We need individuals and arts organizations to join this cause! We have never needed your support more than we do today. Please join now.