Arts Advocacy Workshop

Arts Advocacy Training Sponsored by the Austin Museum Partnership and the Texas Association of Museums – October 21, 2015

Advocacy – Starting from where we are and building for effective advocacy!

Join Texans for the Arts (TFA), the statewide arts advocacy organization, for an introductory look at advocacy and the critical role it plays in influencing public policy and securing public resources for your cause.   TFA secured $5 million new dollars in arts funding during the recent 84th Texas legislative session.  This victory was one of the single largest arts appropriation increases in the country year to date.  We’ll use this ‘win’ as a backdrop for an interactive discussion on nonprofit organization advocacy.

We will explore advocacy basics:  advocacy vs. lobbying; what a 501c3 can do vs. a 501c4; the three levels of governmental advocacy – federal, state, local; setting goals and establishing metrics for evaluating success; building coalitions to increase your impact, the state of public funding in 2015; and a discussion of the Hotel Occupancy Tax and its role in funding for the arts (and other tourism based activities) with a particular focus on Austin.

Presenters:   Ann S. Graham, Executive Director of Texans for the Arts; and Boyce Cabaniss, Esq., Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, Member of TFA Board, and President of the Board of Austin Shakespeare.

The training will be held at the LBJ Presidential Library Classrooms (2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX) on Wednesday, October 21st, from 2:30-4:00pm. There is no cost to attend this workshop, but registration is required. Attendance is limited to 70 attendees.

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