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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is providing active support and education in favor of a cause, issue or organization. Lobbying is a specialized kind of advocacy that refers to the attempt to influence specific legislation through communication with a legislator or a legislative staff member.

Why Advocate?

Advocacy makes a difference. Our federal, state and city budgets are tight. Many worthy causes compete for public dollars. Our job as arts advocates is to communicate with our elected officials about how the arts provide a public benefit and are an important investment into the state's economy.  

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      State Advocacy Resources

      Indiana Coalition for the Arts
      The Indiana Coalition for the Arts has advocated for the arts in Indiana since 1980. It partners with the Indiana Coalition for the Arts Foundation, which provides educational services and programs to artists and arts providers throughout the state. The Coalition retains a professional lobbyist in Indianapolis to represent the concerns of the arts industry in the Indiana Statehouse. The Coalition is managed by a volunteer board of directors and exists on membership dollars from arts advocates around the state. If you believe in public support for the arts in Indiana, you are encouraged to support the work of the Coalition by becoming a member. Visit the INCA's website to sign up for periodic Action Alerts, learn about arts issues in our state and much more.

      National Advocacy Information & Resources

      Americans for the Arts
      Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading arts advocacy organization, employing professional lobbyists who are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Partnering with local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders throughout the country allows Americans for the Arts to reach their goals and provide industry knowledge and professional development opportunities. 

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