If you are an artist living and working in the District of Columbia- Washington, DC, please read the following from Rob Bettmann, Chair DC Advocates for the Arts:
"This Wednesday teams of arts leaders will visit policy-makers' offices as part of DC's Arts Advocacy Day. In addition to taking meetings, we want to flood the city council and mayor’s office with the message: if you support the arts, you have my vote.
On March 3rd please take a minute to email and/or call your legislators for the arts, and before the day, please forward this to your personal networks, employees, etc. Here is what you might say in an email, or phone call:
Hello. I’m calling for (policymaker name). My name is _________ and I am calling to urge you to maintain arts funding in the FY 11 budget.
Dedicated arts support was cut by 53% from FY 09 to FY 10. I know that tough choices have to be made, but those cuts resulted in lost jobs, lost tax revenue, and lost services for residents. The arts stimulate economic development and support community jobs.
I work/volunteer/have kids at/know people at [insert your example here] and have seen how arts education provides students with the confidence and focus they need to make it through school and go on to college. [THIS IS ALL JUST EXAMPLE -- FEEL FREE TO USE YOUR OWN LANGUAGE AND IDEAS. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LET THEM KNOW:] I want you to know that if you support the arts you have my vote.
Thank you for your time. Sincerely,
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND REMIND THEM TO MAKE A CALL AND SEND AN EMAIL ON MARCH 3rd.
Here is contact information for our local elected officials:
Mayor Adrian Fenty firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (202) 727-6300
Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman email@example.com, Tel: (202) 724-8032
David A. Catania, Councilmember (At-Large) firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (202) 724-7772
Phil Mendelson, Councilmember (At-Large) email@example.com, Tel: (202) 724-8064
Kwame R. Brown, Councilmember (At-Large)* firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (202) 724-8174
Michael A. Brown, Councilmember (At-Large) email@example.com, Tel: (202) 724-8105
Jim Graham, Councilmember (Ward 1) firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (202) 724-8181
Jack Evans, Councilmember (Ward 2)* email@example.com, Tel: (202) 724-8058
Mary M. Cheh, Councilmember (Ward 3) firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (202) 724-8062
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.