I had such a good time speaking at the Leadership Arts* program yesterday and want to share my presentation slides with more of you in case they are helpful for introducing Oklahomans for the Arts and the importance of advocacy. See here.

The main topic was to encourage effective, early advocacy and why it’s important for arts and culture staff and supporters.

If you ask, Why advocate? 

We all need:

  • Resources
  • Policies
  • Partnerships

that help our work and goals through the arts.

Here are the websites I gave the group as some of the best resources for advocacy information:

Americans for the Arts:
Research, advocacy messages and graphics to support arts policy, funding and education.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Lots of data about public funding for the arts and advocacy strategies. Especially look at “Why should government support the arts?” essay.

Arts Ripple Effect
Research about more effective ways to talk about the public value of the arts.

Local Case Studies about Creative Placemaking from NEA
Detailed descriptions of towns & cities using the arts to address community needs.

I welcome your feedback on the topic and what other resources you’d like to see for the strong voice of arts and culture.

Keep it up!
Julia Kirt

*Leadership Arts is an outstanding program by the Oklahoma Arts Council that builds networks among community leaders across the state and equips them to improve their communities further with and through the arts. The program is masterfully facilitated by Molly O’Connor. See their site for more info.