Each year as we head to our respective State Capitol’s and Congressional office’s to advocate for funding we tend to forget about what’s happening in our own communities. While it is important to advocate at both the federal and state levels, we sometimes miss important opportunities in our own backyards.
There are a number of reasons for this…one reason is that many organizations are statewide and find it hard to collect information and reach out to a significant number of advocates on a community-by-community basis. Another is that it is challenging to navigate through the different political dynamics in each area. Then there’s the reason that is always prevalent in a majority of nonprofit organizations…they don’t have the capacity to cover everything.
Well, it appears from reading through The Future of the Public Voice in Arts Advocacy Green Paper that, “…plans are in place to develop a local capacity in the Capwiz on-line tool which is currently used at the state and federal levels.” I am pleased to read this and find that the Capwiz system will, at some point in the near future, be updated to include local elected officials. Read the rest of this entry »