Friday, December 7, 2018

Arkansans for the Arts held its first annual Arts Advocacy Day on November 7, 2018 at the Arkansas State Capitol. More than 353 advocates came to voice support of the arts and culture sector as a leading creator of jobs in industries such as health, education, agriculture, and tourism. In the capitol, legislators visited 18 exhibitors that represented eight arts disciplines. During the event, Senator Joyce Elliot, recipient of the 2017 Public Leadership in the Arts award, introduced the establishment of the state's first Legislative Arts Caucus. Arkansans for the Arts also provided advocacy training workshops, covering the topics such as creative economy, arts education and grant opportunities, led by its board members and advisors. In addition, Arkansans for the Arts’s education committee organized a talent showcase, which included more than 432 students and teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools statewide.  
Arkansans for the Arts formed as a result of being selected to participate in Americans for the Arts' State Policy Pilot Program. To learn more about the Arkansas team's journey in establishing Arkansans for the Arts and their state policy pursuits, check out the case study here.
Photo: Senator Joyce Elliott, Legislative Arts Caucus members, and Arkansas for the Arts board members celebrate Arts Advocacy Day 2018.