Chasing the Biggest Racers of the Year

The race for California Governor is sure to be the highest profile, most expensive, and most media focused election in the country this year. This means it's also the most important race for arts advocates to engage. So we're doing it!

This week a consortium of California artists, arts organizations, arts educators, and arts coalitions launched the Arts in Governors Race project. The basic goal is simple. We want to make so much noise about the importance of the arts to California's future that the gubernatorial candidates announce their support for arts-friendly public policies such as:

 

  • Increasing public funding for nonprofit arts organizations in order to better serve their communities
  • Ensuring that every child has the opportunity for a comprehensive, high quality arts education in grades K-12
  • Nurturing an environment that allows individuals and families affordable access to all forms of the arts
The Steering Committee needs arts supporters from every California community to get involved. We've identified three simple things you can do to advance the arts during this important election. (And you don't have to be from California to participate!)

1. Endorse the campaign - It is a non-partisan effort that doesn't support one candidate or the other. Instead, we need a list of millions to show these candidates the arts matter to people's lives in California. The online form will take less than a minute to complete. While your at it you can start following the effort Facebook and Twitter.

2. Invite your friends and colleagues to become involved in all the ways you are. Send them to the website and encourage them to be part of this exciting statewide effort. If you want to volunteer even more time then let us know.

3. Donate! Money is the life blood of every political effort. Ours is no exception. Your contribution can be of any amount. $5, $20, $50 and larger contributions will deepen the pool of resources we have for engaging the candidates and building momentum for this effort. Every dollar makes a difference so add yours to the cause right away.

Californians have two months to put the importance of the arts on the radar of their next governor. Adding your voice is the only way we'll create enough volume to make that happen.

Do your part today!
August 26, 2010 10:50 AM | | Comments (0)

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Dance
-Dance USA
-National Dance Association

General
-Americans for the Arts
-Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Keep Arts in Schools
-National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

-Performing Arts Alliance
-Western States Arts Federation

Media
-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
-Directors Guild of America
-Motion Picture Association of America
-Screen Actors Guild
-Writers Guild Of America

Music
-American Association of Independent Music
-American Federation of Musicians
-American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
-Association of Independent Music Publishers
-Broadcast Music, Inc.
-Christian Music Trade Association
-Church Music Publishers Association
-Country Music Association
-Gospel Music Association
-Hip Hop Summit Action Network
-League of American Orchestras
-Music Managers Forum-USA
-Music Performance Fund
-National Association for Music Education
-National Association of Recording Merchandisers
-National Music Publishers' Association
-Nashville Songwriters Association International
-Opera America
-Recording Artists' Coalition
-Recording Industry Association of America
-The Recording Academy
-The Songwriters Guild of America

Publishing
-Association of American Publishers
-Novelists, Inc.
-PEN American Center
-The Authors Guild

Theater
-Actors' Equity Association
-Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers
-United Scenic Artists
-Theatre Communications Group

Visual
-American Association of Museums
-Art Dealers Association of America
-Association of Art Museum Directors
-National Art Education Association


State Advocacy Organizations

-Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts
-California Arts Advocates
-Arts For Colorado
-Colorado Arts Consortium
-Connecticut Arts Alliance
-Florida Cultural Alliance
-Arts Leadership League of Georgia
-Hawaii Arts Alliance

-Illinois Arts Alliance

-Indiana Coalition for the Arts
-Iowa Cultural Coalition
-Wichita
Division of Arts & Cultural Services
-Arts Kentucky

-Louisiana Partnership for the Arts

-Maryland Citizens for the Arts

-Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities

-ArtServe Michigan

-Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota

-Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

-Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies
:
-Missouri Citizens for the Arts

-Montana Arts

-Nebraskans for the Arts

-Nevada Arts Advocates

-New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts

-ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Inc
-New Mexico Community Arts Network

-NYS
ARTS
-Arts North Carolina, Inc.

-North Dakota Arts Alliance/Alliance for Arts Education

-Ohio Citizens for the Arts

-Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

-Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts

-South Carolina Arts Alliance

-South Dakotans for the Arts

-Tennesseans for the Arts

-Texans for the Arts

-Texas Cultural Trust

-Utah Cultural Alliance

-Vermont Arts Council

-Virginians for the Arts

-Washington State Arts Alliance/Foundation

-Arts Advocacy of West Virginia

-Arts Wisconsin

-Wyoming Arts Alliance

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