Arts Advocacy Alert

Traditional dance, music and song—whether performed, taught or done for fun are living traditions and living arts, and an important part of arts education. Lend your voice in support of National Arts Advocacy Day next week. It’s Tuesday, April 9th. Americans for the Arts (Arts USA) will welcome more than 500 arts advocates to Capitol Hill. Here’s how YOU can help even if you’re not there:

  • To support state arts advocacy delegation members who are going to DC, write to your Members of Congress by this Friday, April 5th at noon. Arts USA will tally the letters so your state arts advocacy captain can walk in each Congressional office and say, “Today is Arts Advocacy Day and I want to add my voice to the [X number of] other constituents who have emailed you about the importance of the arts and arts education in our state.”
  • Take two minutes to send a pre-written, customizable Arts Advocacy Day letter to your members of Congress.
  • Attend a live Arts Advocacy Day event from home! Cellist and arts educator Yo-Yo Ma will deliver the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and perform at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. Google will web stream the event live for millions to enjoy. To watch, visit the Americans for the Arts’ YouTube channel on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 PM EDT.
  • Ask Yo-Yo Ma an arts education question! On Saturday, the cellist will take a break from his Arts Advocacy Day visits with Congress to participate in Arts USA’s Google Hangout (aka video chat). Tweet them your questions in advance using the #AskYoYo hashtag. To watch the Google Hangout, visit the Americans for the Arts’ YouTube channel on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30 AM EDT.

Support the arts and arts education—be part of the 2013 National Arts Advocacy Day.