Opportunities to Engage with Elected Officials

Your Voice and Presence Matters in Policy Discussions

The goal of any advocacy program should be to empower its advocates with the information and confidence to have discussions with elected officials at every level of government. At ArtsKC, we want to provide you with as many opportunities as possible to have these critical discussions. One of the complications of policy advocacy is that it is rarely something for which you can prepare; issues often come up without notice and reaction times must be swift. Because of this, we issue our policy alerts and updates so that we can engage our support network to add their voices to our collective lobbying efforts. If you wish to learn more about how you can assist ArtsKC with our lobbying efforts, please email BHaralson@ArtsKC.org.


2021 ArtsKC Advocacy Workshop

The event is open to the public, but registration is required.

From the Jazz District, to First Fridays, to performances in the halls of the iconic Kauffman Center, the arts have always been an integral part of what makes Kansas City a great place to live. But the outbreak of COVID-19 has decimated our vibrant arts community. According to the Brookings Institute, the nation’s creative industries have suffered a loss of 2.7 million jobs and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services. Your voice is needed to help illustrate the need for relief/support funding during this critical time to our area’s elected officials.

Every year the Missouri legislature considers many different bills and pieces of legislation that could have a direct impact on our arts community, and 2021 is already gearing up to be no exception. Not only will legislation impacting the arts be considered, but bills including relief spending, housing, jobs, and tax will make their way to the Governor’s desk, as well.

Join ArtsKC and Missouri Citizens for the Arts on Friday, January 29, at 3PM, to hear about the most important pieces of legislation being considered, how you can help ensure the voice of the arts is being heard, and hear directly from the legislators involved in the process.

We will be joined by…
Host, Branden Haralson, ArtsKC\
Steph Scupham, KC Film Office
Sen. Lauren Arthur (17) & Appropriations Committee Member
Sen. Greg Razer (7)
Sen. Barbara Washington (9)
Rep. Patty Lewis (25)
Rep. Emily Weber (24)
Rep. Doug Richey (38)
Plus more to come!!

The goal of this session is to prepare our arts advocates to use their skills and knowledge at Citizens’ Day for the Arts on February 3, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year will be an all-virtual experience, but will be just as necessary and impactful as every year.


2021 Arts Advocacy Day

This is your chance to interact directly with our region’s legislators on issues of import to the arts community, as well as larger issues that could impact artists and our housing, tax, and employment concerns. We are hosting three separate sessions throughout the day to be able to inform, listen, and collaborate with our region’s state officials.

Join us on Wednesday, February 3, for this interactive session at one or all of the scheduled times. Legislators will join us at the time most convenient for their schedule, so each session will be a different set of participants with more opportunities for engagement!

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. If you wish to engage with every official, you will need to register for all three sessions.

Register for the individual sessions at the links below:

Wednesday, February 3 – 10AM

Wednesday, February 3 – 12PM

Wednesday, February 3 – 2PM


Branden Haralson | Communications Manager, Engagement & Public Policy | BHaralson@ArtsKC.org

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