Arts Day 2/2/2010 – Call for Volunteers

Every year, The Washington State Arts Alliance holds “Arts Day” down at our capitol, encouraging arts members to come down to Olympia and meet our legislators and learn more about their process.  Further, it’s a chance for us to show our lawmakers how important artists and the arts are to Washington.  In the past, WSAA has advocated for issues such as increasing the number of days that non-profit facilities can be rented to for-profit organizations, extension of lodging taxes for the arts, and inclusion of arts as a core subject in state education reform.

The WSAA seeks volunteers to attend appointments with legislators to thank them for their support and discuss the current issues facing artists in this state.  Help make a difference, and email Linda Rabadi Fair at lindar@empsfm.org or 206-262-3261.

Press release is below:

2010 Arts Day
Tuesday, February 2
State Capitol Campus, Olympia
What is Arts Day?

For twenty-seven years the Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA) has coordinated Arts Day, a gathering of arts advocates in Olympia. The purpose is to meet with legislators and talk about arts issues in the current legislative session and cultural concerns in our communities and schools. In the past years, we have advocated for issues such as increasing the number of days that non-profit facilities can be rented to for-profit organizations, extension of lodging taxes for the arts, and inclusion of arts as a core subject in state education reform, and much more. Come and be apart of advocating for issues during the 2010 Legislative session!

What is WSAA’s role?
WSAA provides the tools for advocates to participate fully and effectively. We provide training, logistical support, and make sure there is entertainment and food! WSAA divides the state into regions covering one to six legislative districts. Volunteers who take on the role of Area Team Captain coordinate the appointments so that the entire state is represented in Olympia on Arts Day and all legislators are visited.

How can I help?
Volunteer to be an Area Team Captain, our most critical volunteer role. If that’s not possible, be the Meeting Lead for a single legislator, or assist with an individual meeting. Experience is not necessary – great volunteers are organized, passionate, and excited to articulate what the arts mean in their community. Email Tracy Schreiber to sign up!

What you can do to prepare for Arts Day:
Prepare to come to Olympia! Contact your Area Team Captain and let him/her know you will attend Arts Day, which legislators you would like to visit and which legislators you have a connection to and/or have visited in the past. Also, ask your Team Captain what else you can do to help.

Gather Arts Gifts for your legislators. Posters, CDs, coffee mugs or T-shirts with arts logos all make excellent “Arts Gifts” to present to your legislator on Arts Day. WSAA also provides a packet of information for you to deliver to legislators. Plan to present your gifts in person or send them to Arts Day with your Area Team Captain.

Declare Arts Day in your community
Contact your mayor, city council, or county council and ask them to proclaim February 2, 2010 Arts Day in your county or town. Email Tracy Schreiber for advice on how to go about that process.

On Arts Day
Bring any “Arts Gifts” and/or brochure information for legislators. Check in at the WSAA Arts Day table in the Columbia Room to receive your attendee packet and name badge. It’s important to attend the orientation/advocacy training session offered at 8:30am or 9:30am. Meet colleagues from across the state, discuss arts issues with legislators, and enjoy lunch buffet, speakers and performance.

If you can’t join us in Olympia, call, write or e-mail your legislator. Write about how arts and heritage will contribute to Washington’s future and how your legislator can help. At the WSAA Legislative Action Center you will find all the tools you need to contact your legislator and craft your message. Email your legislator today!

After Arts Day
Call, write or e-mail your legislator to thank him or her for listening. Reiterate any important points and make sure they remember you. Keep up that relationship – it isn’t easy to start but, through a collective effort you’ve engaged with them, so use it! Thank them when they make a decision or cast a vote you affirm. Keep in touch. Be amicable and assertive.

This will be a great year in our State’s Capitol! Come be a part of the team!

Support WSAA! You can find membership information here.

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