I am still processing my Americans for the Arts Conference notes, but I do feel ready to talk about one of the points I made in my wrap-up blog. I do feel that arts advocacy needs to be a main focus. Right now, we have a little bit of momentum in terms of selling the arts as good for education and for the economy. I like to call these advocacy points the vegetables of arts advocacy. In the past I suggested a list of options for Popcorn and Candy arts advocacy.
Further, I have suggested 9 simple arts advocacy actions for daily life as well as formatted a slide presentation A Day in the Life – The Arts Are Everywhere! Arts Advocacy.
The main idea I am trying to get out into the universe is the fact that it would be best if we were more “in your face” as a reminder of the arts in our everyday lives instead of “excuse me, this is why the arts matter.”
Today I came across the article How music creeps in our lives without notice. Why is this happening? Every day we have the arts surrounding us, supporting us, entertaining us, expanding us, etc., but are we (our general populace) really relating and connecting these moments back to arts awareness?
This is why I feel we need to implement a campaign with all hands on deck to be a wake up call to the general public. A campaign that is everywhere, done in a down to earth manner that people can understand, take notice, and be a part of.
If we can come up with a simple, focused idea that is easy and fun to share, an idea that also has an artistic, creative flair, I think we can grab the attention to put focus back onto the arts in our everyday life.
Creeping into our lives without notice? Well, this simply needs to stop! The arts are too important to be considered ignorable. Isn’t it time to give the arts the mass attention and support it deserves?
If you have any ideas and suggestions for this type of campaign, please, pretty please, comment. We need all the idea generation help we can get!
Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,
Audience Development Specialists
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