Vermont Arts Advocacy Day 2010

Vermont Arts Council advocacy logo On Wednesday I attended Vermont’s Arts Advocacy Day. While I am a passionate advocate for the arts, with a fondness for craft, the fact is that I’m not very political. This really surprises me because of the following:

  • I am very opinionated.
  • I have a big mouth.

For years I’ve felt that I needed to get over my fear of being vocal about political issues. I think that advocating for the arts is where I need to start.

Attending Arts Advocacy Day was a real eye-opener. I found out a lot of really interesting information about Vermont’s role in supporting the arts.

Here are some of the tidbits that stood out most for me:

  • The state of Vermont allocates only .042% of its budget to the arts.
  • Paving one mile of road costs 2x the amount that Vermont invests in the arts.
  • The $500,000 awarded to Vermont will generate more than $2,000,000 in spending in Vermont communities.
  • Vermont has more than 2,150 arts-related businesses, employing at least 6,780 people – this is about 6% of the state’s workforce.

So here I sit, newly-motivated. As a first step, I’d like to share a tool with you – Americans for the Arts’ E-Advocacy Center. From their website, you can select issues that are important to you and after entering your zip code, you will be brought to a form where you can craft a letter and/or Email to send to elected officials in your area. They even provide bullet points to help you with content. It’s a pretty great tool.

I hope you’ll join me and inform your elected officials about the value of the arts and arts education.

My mouth may be big, but it’s not big enough. 🙂

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So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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