All roads lately lead to this: “What makes an advocate an arts advocate?” A simple question, but does it have a simple answer?
How do you define an arts advocate? What are the denominators that all arts advocates share? Is it about stances on specific issues — a belief in public funding for the arts and arts education? Is it about actions — supporting museums, theatres, orchestras, dance companies, etc., with your own money? Is it about motivations — a conviction that culture makes communities better places to live, work, and raise a family?
As I’ve been trying to answer the question, November 2 has come, but it hasn’t gone. Here in Illinois, the race for governor was won by about a half percent. We will have to wait months to know the meaning and impact of Election Day, the changes it championed and the things it left the same.
So, I’m still stuck on the question, but in some new ways:
What will National Arts Advocacy Day be like in 2011?
This spring, I’ll be in Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day. There are 5 newcomers to the Illinois congressional delegation (technically, one of the 5 races isn’t called, but it looks like Republican Joe Walsh will oust Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean by a few hundred votes). Read the rest of this entry »