Raise Your Voice: Making the Case for the Arts

December 6, 2021 | 12pm | Register via Zoom

Now more than ever, Connecticut communities need the positive economic, civic and healing powers of the arts. Are you doing your part as an advocate to make sure public funds for the arts are available for all communities across our state, including your own?

Join Kelly Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer at National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, in this session that will debunk some common myths and misconceptions about advocacy and will share practical pointers to help you make a convincing case for support.

Attendees will also learn about Connecticut-specific advocacy information including actions that you can take right away to engage in advocacy.

This virtual event is free and open to all who would like to attend. We hope to see you there!

About Kelly

Kelly Barsdate is the Chief Program and Planning Officer for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). She has worked at NASAA since 1991, helping to make the case for the arts during multiple recessions and swings of the political pendulum. Kelly was the original author of Why Should Government Support the Arts?, writes NASAA’s Practical Advocate series, and has produced numerous research monographs and policy briefs for elected officials and cultural advocates. She has directed NASAA collaborations with the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Endowment for the Arts and other policy partners.

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Connecticut Arts Alliance

The Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded in 2005 as an advocacy organization to ensure that the arts remain central to life in Connecticut. The organization strives to promote and underscore the value of all achievements of the arts industry and all of the ways in which the arts improve daily life for residents of the State. Among its most visible programs are assisting with workshops for the annual Connecticut Arts Day at the Capitol organized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and providing advocacy guidance and resources in concert with the Office of the Arts and regional arts service organizations. The organization works to foster public education and awareness of the arts, to increase funding for the arts, and to influence public funding decisions and actions that affect the arts.