Advocacy has one direction, FORWARD.

Since its inception, a basic tenet of ArtsKC’s mission is to serve as the voice of the nonprofit arts and culture sector of the Kansas City region.

Our advocacy work includes lobbying, education, writing policy, data collection, community engagement, and resource development. It is our hope that through effective dialogue and engagement with elected officials, the KC region can serve as an example to the country and the world of what it means to invest in the arts sector not only for its cultural enrichment, but also its economic dynamism and community enhancement.

Please use the resources on this page to aid your advocacy efforts or your own education. If you have any questions, please email Branden Haralson at


Our advocacy agenda lays out the policy priorities for ArtsKC at the local, state, and federal level. Drafted with the help of the policy experts who serve on our Advocacy Committee, the agenda is ultimately voted on and approved by our full board of directors.

Our agenda not only addresses arts-related policy, but also tax, workforce, and human rights policy.


ArtsKC and the Advocacy Committee are the voice for our arts community as we advocate for policies that strengthen and gain public and private support for the arts across the greater KC region.


Review our past policy alerts and updates sent to activate our network of arts advocates around important legislation or policy issues. Our most recent alerts may still have active requests for support.

To sign up for our mailing list of policy alerts and updates, complete our quick email registration form.


The arts and culture industry powers economic growth and prosperity, generates jobs and income and drives cultural tourism, which benefits everyone in our community. Learn how the arts impact local economies, education, workforce development and community enrichment.


ArtsKC is constantly monitoring legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. We hope to make it as easy as possible for our constituents and greater arts community to engage with their elected officials. Here you will find contact information to help facilitate this ongoing relationship.

Branden Haralson | Senior Manager, Public Policy & Government Relations |