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Arts & Heritage Day February 10, 2016
Olympia, Capitol Campus, Cherberg A/B/C

Join us on February 10 to meet with your legislator and talk about arts and heritage issues and cultural concerns in our communities and schools. Come and be apart of advocating for issues during the 2016 Legislative session!

We'll post more information soon, for now here's what we used last year:
Arts & Heritage Day Schedule 2015 (PDF)
Information on the budgets and bills - Participant Talking Points (PDF)
Background info on the budgets and bills - Background Issues Brief (PDF)
Contact the Team Captain from your district (PDF)
DRAFT - List of Appointments (PDF) - will update 02/03/15
This will be included in a packet for legislators - Leave Behind (PDF)

Other Information:
FYI - List of Legislators and their Committees (PDF)
Map of Capitol campus & parking (Link)

What is the Arts Alliance's Role?

The Arts Alliance provides the tools for advocates to participate fully and effectively. We provide training, logistical support, and make sure there is entertainment and food! We divides the state into regions covering one to six legislative districts. Volunteers who take on the role of Team Captain coordinate the appointments so that the entire state is represented in Olympia on Arts & Heritage Day and all legislators are visited.

What can you do to prepare for Arts & Heritage Day?

  1. Contact your Team Captain and let him/her know you will attend Arts & Heritage Day, which legislators you would like to visit and may have a connection with or visited in the past.
  2. Gather Arts & Heritage Gifts for your legislators. Posters, mugs, or T-shirts with arts/heritage logos make excellent gifts to present to your legislator on Arts & Heritage Day.
  3. Resources: Schedule, Appointments with Legislators

Check in with Arts Alliance staff in the Cherberg Room, Capitol Campus, Olympia to receive attendee packet and name badge. Attend one of two orientations (8:30 am and 9:30 am). Meet colleagues from across the state, discuss arts and heritage issues with legislators, and enjoy a luncheon with legislators and speakers.

If you can't join us in Olympia, call, write or e-mail your legislator. Write about how arts and heritage will contribute to Washington's future and how your legislator can help.

For thirty years the Washington State Arts Alliance has coordinated Arts Day, a gathering of arts advocates in Olympia. Again this year, we will partner with the Washington Museum Association to coordinate Arts & Heritage Day.

After Arts & Heritage Day

Call, write, or e-mail your legislator to thank him or her for listening. Reiterate any important points and make sure they remember you. Keep up that relationship - it isn't easy to start but, through a collective effort you've engaged with them, so use it! Thank them when they make a decision or cast a vote you affirm. Keep in touch. Be amicable and assertive.

This will be a great year in our State’s Capitol! Come be a part of the team!

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