Call to Action
Say Thank You
THE MOST IMPORTANT advocacy strategy is authentic appreciation for elected officials who make hard decisions in favor of the arts. In the budget signed last week by Governor McCrory, the funding to the North Carolina Arts Council was sustained at current levels.
Please take five minutes and write a hard copy letter to your Senator and Representative at their Raleigh office. Why a hard copy letter instead of an email? The intent is for your people to actually receive the note of thanks which is unlikely if it arrives as an email. First class, personalized communication has a far greater impact.
Ideas to include:
- Visionary leaders make hard choices, and in choosing to preserve our state arts agency and its programs, they have chosen to help keep North Carolina the creative state. The direct and indirect results of their support of the arts will be felt in our economy, our schools, and in the lives of our citizens.
- Share a specific program planned for next year that would not have occurred if state funding had been cut. Use data AND anecdote to illustrate your claim that public funding matters.
- In supporting the arts in North Carolina, they have helped create a public/private partnership that benefits cities and towns across the state. Give a specific example of how public funding serves as a catalyst for private giving and earned revenue.
- Give examples of jobs or contracts that will be possible because of the NCAC funding.
In concluding, reinforce of theme of “pride and place” by positioning your relationship with the Legislator as a partnership because you share a passion for making your community a better place to live and work.
Who to Contact:
You can find the mailing address of your Senator and Legislator at www.ncleg.net. If you are unsure of the specific person, first visit Who Represents Me at http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NO LATER THAN MONDAY, AUGUST 18. Our ongoing advocacy strategies require immediate follow-up. We are likely to face a difficult battle next year because of the uncertainty of state revenue. The preparation begins NOW with this Call to Action.
Citizen advocacy is the most effective strategy in working with Legislators. While mass emails have historically been used to communicate the arts agenda, over saturation requires new and different forms of communication.
Advocates should make relationships with their Legislators as suggested in Advocacy 101. Go to www.ncleg.net to locate your Legislator, click on their name in the House or Senate list, and learn where they live, contact information, and occupation.
Visit our Legislative Agenda Page to see our legislative agenda and talking points for the 2013 session. There are helpful handouts with more information on all the issues.
Our new Appropriations – Who & How includes information and county funding histories of House and Senate General Government Committees and House and Senate Base Appropriations.