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.


Annual Citizens’ Day for the Arts in Jefferson City

Each year, ArtsKC partners with Missouri Citizens for the Arts to connect arts advocates with their elected representatives at the Missouri State Capitol.

Your Citizens’ Day experience will include:

  • A chartered bus ride with area artist to and from Jefferson City, departing from and returning to ArtsKC’s convenient location in the Crossroads Arts District, with a stop in Eastern Jackson County.
  • Detailed folio with talking points and information about the impact of state arts funding in your specific congressional district. Use this information to make the most of your time with your legislators!
  • Pre-scheduled appointments with Kansas City-area legislators, and team captains for each visit so you are prepared and confident in your conversations.
  • Pizza lunch with Kansas City-area legislators, host – TBD

2020 Schedule:

7:00-7:20 AM – Check in at ArtsKC, 106 Southwest Boulevard, KCMO 64108

7:10 AM – Bus pick up from Arts District Garage

7:20 AM – Bus pick-up from ArtsKC office (Please note, we will leave promptly at 7:30am.)

7:55 AM – Brief stop at Blue Ridge Bank at 4200 Little Blue Pkwy, Independence, MO 64057 to pick up Eastern Jackson County Advocates

10:00 AM – Arrival and Registration, Missouri State Capitol Building, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101

10:30 AM – Details forthcoming once you register

12:00 -1:00 PM – Luncheon with Kansas City-area legislators. Host – TBD

10:30 – 2:30 PM – Appointments with Legislators throughout the Capital

2:45 PM – Group photo on Rotunda stairs –

2:55 PM – Load the bus back to Kansas City to leave right at 3 PM. Bus will drop off where it picked up along the route. We hope to be back by 6:30 or sooner if traffic allows.

Thursday, March 5 – Please take a moment to fill out an ArtsKC survey to be sent via email.

Reference the lists below to identify your legislators.

Reference the links below to view the Missouri Film Pack Incentives.

Click here to access MCA’s 2019/2020 Arts Advocacy Agenda

Last Year’s Citizens’ Day at the Legislature Folio – Will Be Updated


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

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