We ask our Membership and ourselves to always remember the environment in which we are working. Our ability to strengthen our Health Funds is as inextricably linked to the national healthcare crisis as the development of new work is linked to funding for nonprofits. Tax reform, education, transportation – these are issues that define the context of the society in which we do our work. Register to vote and vote. Stay abreast of arts-community news and speak out when you can, whether it’s a letter to your Congressman or an email to the Editor at The New York Times.
Check this page from time to time and look for upcoming announcements and opportunities to get involved in issues affecting your Union and the work you contribute to our theater.
“Theatre Communications Group is the primary advocate for the not-for-profit professional theatre in the United States.”
“Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.”
“The Performing Arts Alliance is a national network of more than 18,000 organizational and individual members comprising the professional, nonprofit performing arts and presenting fields. For 30 years, the Performing Arts Alliance has been the premiere advocate for America’s professional nonprofit arts organizations, artists and their publics before the US Congress and key policy makers. Through legislative and grassroots action, the Performing Arts Alliance advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.”
“The Alliance for the Arts serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars. We publish information on the arts and cultural events in New York City as well as studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education.”
“Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts promotes and advocates for full inclusion of artists of color and performers with disabilities at all levels of production in theatre, film, television, and related media. Our work also extends to audiences, particularly those belonging to under-served and historically excluded communities.”
- Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition “The Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (MAACC) is a regional nonprofit organization collaborating with local governments, business & civic leaders, funders and arts leaders – for the purpose of supporting arts and culture across the region.”
- Catalog of Chicago Activisim
- Illinois Arts Alliance “The Illinois Arts Alliance (IAA) is the statewide arts advocacy and service organization promoting the value of the arts to all residents of Illinois. Through research, capacity building and communication, IAA advances widespread support of all the arts, enhances the health of the arts and cultural sector, and fosters a climate in which the broadest spectrum of artistic expression can flourish.”
- The Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition “The Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition (DACAC) is a coalition of artists and arts organizations who have joined together to support and defend arts funding on a local, state and national level, and to work to resolve important issues that affect arts and cultural organizations. DACAC provides a voice and representation for the arts community in the public forum.”
- Texans for the Arts “Texans for the Arts, a highly effective, non-partisan, statewide arts advocacy organization that provides coordinated information about legislative activity relating to arts issues, held a highly successful Arts Advocacy Day-Texas and took their message to the Legislature.”
- Colorado Creative Industries “In July 2010, Colorado’s new Creative Industries Division merged the former Council on the Arts, Office of Film, Television and Media, and Art in Public Places program to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to drive economic growth in Colorado.”
- Florida Cultural Alliance “The Florida Cultural Alliance works to develop local, state, and national partnerships. These unique partnerships work together to initiate, coordinate, and strengthen advocacy, communications, research, culturally friendly policies, and educational efforts to advance arts and cultural resources throughout the state. Partnerships are critical to help sustain and build healthy and receptive environments for Florida’s diverse and vibrant arts and cultural industry to thrive. Strong support leads to higher quality and greater access for residents and visitors to experience what Florida offers in arts and cultural opportunities from Pensacola to Key West.”
LOS ANGELES /SAN FRANCISCO/CALIFORNIA
- California Arts Council “The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity.”
- Los Angeles County Arts Commission “The Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, including information and resources for the community, artists, educators, arts organizations and municipalities.””
- San Francisco Arts Commission “The arts are essential to making San Francisco the dynamic city it is, the favorite of visitors from around the country and around the world—and a treasure for those of us fortunate enough to live here. Our overarching goal is access. Our programs make the arts available to each and every person in San Francisco, each program in its own unique way—from the murals and monuments under the care of the Civic Art Collection, to the dance and theater productions funded by Cultural Equity Grants, to the teen poets’ work published by WritersCorps. Take some time to explore our site, and you’ll learn a lot about what we do and how you can participate. Over time, we hope you will get to learn about the incredible staff of this agency—artists and arts administrators deeply committed to public service.”
- California Arts Advocates “California Arts Advocates (CAA), provides advocacy services for California’s arts community. CAA provides professional advocacy for all arts stakeholders in California, from the smallest troupe to the largest institution, from the solo artist to the largest organization, from the most diverse to the most mainstream, regardless of cultural segment or economic standing.”
- Arts & Business “The mission of the Arts & Business Council is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts.”
- Arts/Learning Advocacy (MAEC) “Since 1984 Arts|Learning’s Networking and Advocacy Group (formerly the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education) has recognized individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses that exemplify excellence in arts education advocacy.”
THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.
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