Arts Advocacy

First and foremost – Don’t forget to write your legislators!
Let them know how important art is to you and your community and thank them for their support, especially when you receive a grant from state or federal funding. Click here for a handy list of names and addresses.

Support the arts in your community through these groups:

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization that organizes the arts community to lobby the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress. Our mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts.

Americans for the Arts
National organization that supports the arts and culture through private and public resource development.

Recent findings on the importance of the Arts

Arts & Economic Properity IV
Americans for the Arts released the new Arts & Economic Prosperity IV (AEP IV) study demonstrating that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $135.2 billion in economic activity and supports 4.13 million jobs in the United States! These powerful findings are from the largest and most comprehensive arts impact study ever conducted.

NEA Artists in the Workforce Study
A nationwide look at artists’ demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century that analyzes working artist trends, gathering new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview of this workforce segment, its maturation over the past 30 years, along with detailed information on specific artist occupations.

Artists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Artists in Minnesota
The Findings of a 2007 study documented in the annual economic impact of Minnesota’s individual artists.

The Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota’s Economy
The Findings of a 2006 study documented in the annual economic impact of Minnesota’s nonprofit arts and culture industry.