Why advocate for the arts?
One person can make a difference. Support from elected officials can produce results that serve the public and bring the arts to more people. A single individual in a community can bring together like-minded people to convince a key member of Congress to support federal arts funding. MAC partners with communities to provide enrichment, and the promotion of the arts.
Advocacy is essential to our democratic form of government. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to inform our policy makers about the importance of the arts. MAC provides a platform for artist to speak to legislators about the benefits of public arts funding.
Advocating is easy. At the heart of advocacy is the simple act of telling a story. Arts advocates can make a difference in a legislator’s position on arts legislation by explaining through personal experience how the arts add value to community. MAC stimulates the preservation of Mississippi’s cultural heritage and tradition in the community.
Policy makers need your expertise. Legislators depend on solid information to help their decisions, and they want to hear from the people they represent. Become a reliable source of information for your legislators about the arts in Mississippi. MAC supports reputable artists, musicians, and arts organizations.
Nonprofit arts organizations are important players in developing public policy. Our government seeks the views and participation of the nonprofit sector. The expertise and experience of nonprofit arts organizations in serving the public are essential to telling legislators what is needed and what will work best for their constituents. MAC supports non-profit arts organizations through all of its programs.
The Creative Economy revitalizes dying communities and as a result, changes the lives of at-risk youth. The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue. A strong arts sector is an economic driver that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, and retains a high quality work force. The arts have been shown to be a successful and sustainable strategy for revitalizing rural areas, inner cities and populations struggling with poverty. MAC contributes to the new concept of creative placemaking by working with local communities to find new and innovative ways to boost the quality of life for their citizens.
Read a National Assembly of State Arts Agencies article on why government should support the arts.
Arts Advocacy Resources
Established in 1977, the American Arts Alliance is a nationwide consortium of nonprofit performing, presenting and exhibiting arts organizations.
Americans for the Arts is a leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.
The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) is a national organization that educates nonprofits about the important role lobbying and public policy participation can play in achieving their missions.
The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is committed to increasing public understanding of the benefits of arts education and providing arts education for all students.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization of the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) monitors arts and culture-related legislation at the state level and provides information to legislators and the public.
This site makes it easy to find out who your federal and state representatives are and provides information on candidates and elected officials.