The arts and sciences essential to the prosperity of the state and to the ornament and happiness of human life have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.
George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. president
Advocacy is essential for continued government support of the arts, and it is most successful when those advocating can demonstrate how ordered and influential they are. Whether arts advocates contact their representatives directly, or work with the media to present a continual positive image of the arts to the public, arts advocacy is an essential ingredient of the effort to encourage funding and support from government at all levels. To help people continue their advocacy efforts the Maine Arts Commission is pleased to provide a selection of the most popular online advocacy resources, and members of the agency staff are always here to answer questions and to help connect people with their local representatives.
Online Advocacy Resources
Americans for the Arts. http://www.artsusa.org/ - This is one of the most complete online guides to advocacy available, you can find details of your local politicians, create letters to send to them and search each area of your state to find out the issues that affect the arts in your region.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. http://www.nasaa-arts.org - This is a membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.
Local Advocacy Resources
State of Maine online. http://www.maine.gov Find contact details for your local Maine representatives, write to them online, and find out exactly what is going on in the political world of Maine government using this link:http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/lookup_voter_info.php. Maine.gov State Legislature section http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/legislature.html Maine.gov State Bill sectionhttp://www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/search.asp
Advocacy for Arts Education
Maine Alliance for Arts Education.http://www.maineartsed.org - The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) was founded in 1973 by a creative network of teachers, parents, artists, organizations, and community supporters, the Alliance works at the state level and in local communities to strengthen educational excellence in visual art, music, dance, drama, and creative writing. MAAE is a member of the national Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network, which has recognized the MAAE for its exemplary work on the local level and in advocacy. The MAAE website offers various educational advocacy resources, such as Arts Education Partnership (AEP) which publishes research and advocacy materials that support the role of arts education in schools. MAAE advocacy section http://aep-arts.org/resources/advocacy.htm
For more information please contact the Maine Arts Commission at 207/ 287-2724.