ADVOCACY

 

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is dedicated to advocating on behalf of our communities for policies that benefit artistic and cultural flourishing. From preserving our traditions to creating groundbreaking new works, this involves advocating for those policies and pieces of legislation that ratify the importance of artistic endeavor for ensuing generations.

 

Advocacy Leadership Institute

Apply to take part in a program that provides critical training to effectively approach lawmakers and advocate on behalf of Latino arts and cultures. Click here to learn more about the NALAC Leadership and Advocacy Leadership Institutes.

 

 

TAKE ACTION

In the 2018 Budget Blueprint, the 45th White House administration calls for the elimination of agencies that provide critical services and support to our nation's citizens, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The austere cuts that the budget proposes target specific agencies and are part of a much larger framework that threatens to erode our nation's freedom and democratic values. The elimination of the NEA will significantly impact communities in every region of the country, including Latino arts and cultural organizations. Communities affected will include not only those which receive direct NEA funding, but also those receiving support from state and local arts agencies supported by the Arts agency. The effects will echo across the nation.

 

Links & Calls to Action re: White House Blueprint Budget Proposal:

 

Write your Representatives. It is in the halls of state houses and Capitol Hill where the policies that directly affect the Latino arts and cultures communities take shape. Get involved and contact your elected representatives to tell them how very important arts and cultures are to the lives of every American.

Americans for the Arts has pulled together background information on the Budget Blueprint, in addition to samples letters to send directly to your representatives from their site. Americans for the Arts campaign on VoterVoice.Net

We the People is still collecting signatures on a petition to advocate for the continued funding of both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sign the We the People petition

Find out who represents you in the House and Senate by using the links below.

 

Talk to your members of Congress.  Ask them to support arts and culture by continuing the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts in the FY 2017 Interior Appropriations bill. You can reach the U.S. House switchboard operator here: (202)225-3121.

Share your story.  We want to hear how the arts have impacted your life and community, and we will share your testimonies with lawmakers. Send us an email at info@nalac.org.  

 

 

KEY FACTS 

  • The arts represent cultural enrichment.  They contribute to education, growth, and development in our communities, and are an important part of our national identity.
  • The arts bring work to Americans across the nation.  4.8 million Americans  work in Arts and Culture industries.
  • The arts boost our economy.  According to the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Arts contribute $730 billion to the country’s gross domestic product. This amount is larger than Construction, Transportation, and Travel & Tourism.
  • The arts unify communities.  According to Americans for the Arts, 62 percent of people surveyed percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better.” This perspective rang true across all demographic and economic categories surveyed.
  • NEA-funded arts are everywhere!  In 2014 alone, the NEA enabled the production of over 30,000 concerts and performances, and more than 3,000 exhibitions. Every congressional district in the US receives benefits from NEA grants
  • NEA funds generate enormous investment.  The ratio of private and other funds matching every NEA dollar spent is over 9 to 1.

 

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Resource Guide (Special Edition)

 

The Special Edition of the NALAC Resource Guide includes additional contributions from a national cohort of panelists who presented at Raices Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as part of a professional development workshop hosted by Gabriela Muñoz, Artist Programs Manager with the Arizona Commision on the Arts (ACA) AZ Art Worker Program and moderated by Adriana Gallego, NALAC Chief Operating Officer, both alumni of the NALAC Leadership Instute.  

 

The Guide is a complementary evolving resource intended for informational purposes only.

 

 

LEARN ABOUT ADVOCACY

What is advocacy? The act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal; an act of building support/community base.

What is lobbying? To conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation.

How do you advocate? It starts with getting to know the issue you care about. Consider some of the questions below to get going.

 

  • What is your concern about this policy?
  • What is your organization’s history with this issue?
  • What outcome do you prefer? What outcome is acceptable?
  • What is your legislator’s record on this issue?
  • What likely reasons will she/he use to oppose, avoid, or support your position?
  • What do you need your legislator to do?
  • Find facts or statistics to show how the arts organization is helped/harmed by this legislative issue.
  • If a government program is involved, what alternatives exist?

 

Next, get to know your local, state and federal elected officials. Use this tool at Common Cause to learn about who they are, and dive in deeper to understanding where they stand on issues you care about.