2015 ALI Fellows at the White House Eisenhower Administration Office

Take Action: Advocacy Resources

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is dedicated to advocating on behalf of our communities for policies that benefit artistic and cultural flourishing.

2015 ALI Fellows at the White House Eisenhower Administration Office

What is advocacy?

The act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal; an act of building support/community base.

What is lobbying? To conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation.

How do you advocate? It starts with getting to know the issue you care about. Consider some of the questions below to get going. Then, get to know your local, state, and federal elected officials.

  • What is your concern about this policy?
  • What is your organization’s history with this issue?
  • What outcome do you prefer? What outcome is acceptable?
  • What is your legislator’s record on this issue?
  • What likely reasons will she/he use to oppose, avoid, or support your position?
  • What do you need your legislator to do?
  • Find facts or statistics to show how the arts organization is helped/harmed by this legislative issue.
  • If a government program is involved, what alternatives exist?

Resource Guide (Special Edition)

The Special Edition of the NALAC Resource Guide includes additional contributions from a national cohort of panelists who presented at Raices Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as part of a professional development workshop hosted by Gabriela Muñoz, Artist Programs Manager with the Arizona Commision on the Arts (ACA) AZ Art Worker Program and moderated by Adriana Gallego, NALAC Chief Operating Officer, both alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute.

The Guide is a complementary evolving resource intended for informational purposes only.

Download the Resource Guide

Links & Calls to Action

White House Blueprint Budget Proposal:

Write your Representatives.

It is in the halls of state houses and Capitol Hill where the policies that directly affect the Latino arts and cultures communities take shape. Get involved and contact your elected representatives to tell them how very important arts and cultures are to the lives of every American.

Find out who represents you in the House and Senate by using the links below:

House of Representatives | www.house.gov/representatives

The Senate | www.senate.gov/general/contact_information

Common Cause | act.commoncause.org

Vote Smart Local and State Representatives | www.votesmart.org

Talk to your members of Congress.  Ask them to support arts and culture by continuing the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts in the FY 2019 Interior Appropriations bill. You can reach the U.S. House switchboard operator here: (202) 225-3121.

Share your story.  We want to hear how the arts have impacted your life and community, and we will share your testimonies with lawmakers. Send us an email at info@nalac.org.

2016 ALI Fellows speaks to Executive Staff of Rep. Joaquin Castro
2016 ALI Fellows speaks to Executive Staff of Rep. Joaquin Castro