Advocacy Events

Arts Advocacy Day

On March 12-13th, 2018 AMTA participated in Arts Advocacy Day as a national partner.  This annual event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Americans for the Arts, is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country.  Attendees collaborated to communicate with Members of Congress the importance of strong public policies and public funding for the arts.

Preparation for this event actually begins in November each year, when representatives from the national partner organizations form the Legislative Planning Committee (LPC).  The LPC meets twice a month for 4 months to determine the Issue Briefs that will be the focus of discussions with Congress on Arts Advocacy Day.  Although AMTA has been a national partner for many years, we have been active members of the LPC for the past 8 years, assisting with development of an Arts in Healthcare Issue Brief.  Each issue Brief developed by the LPC begins with specific "asks" of Congress, followed by talking points and supportive background information to assist advocates explain the rationale behind the requests.

AMTA chairs the Arts in Healthcare LPC subcommittee, collaborating with representatives from other national partner organizations.  In addition to creating the topic specific Issue Brief, each subgroup also develops a "Field at a Glance" document that provides more detailed information related to each area of focus.

Americans for the Arts organizes these documents, along with letters to Members of Congress from each national partner organization and supporting facts and figures, into an Arts Advocacy Day Handbook.  These handbooks are then delivered to each Congressional office. The Field at a Glance documents are available online, allowing for the inclusion of more information and live links to research and media clips.

Representation of music therapy during this national event is a great example of how AMTA works to increase awareness of the profession with Congress and with related organizations.  For more information about Arts Advocacy Day, please visit, http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/arts-advocacy-day