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Tennessee Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day will be held at the Nashville Public Library on March 1, 2017.

Join TFTA and your fellow advocates from across Tennessee for a morning of informative and fun programming and then meet with lawmakers from your region to let them know that the arts are valued in your community.

New to Arts Advocacy Day? Don't worry! TFTA Board Members and Volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer questions.

Contact Parke Kennedy, TFTA Vice-President, West Tennessee for more information and to sign up.  parke [at] gpacweb [dot] org | 901-751-7505

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Send a personal email to Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker

As the new Trump Administration and the 115th Congress begin their work this year, there is news of threats towards the National Endowment for the Arts.

Want to advocate for the arts but don't know where to start?

View the Advocacy Toolkit for Individuals

View the Advocacy Toolkit for Organizations

Immediate Actions to Take:

  •  Register to attend (DC Link) Arts Advocacy Day. The policy briefings and advocacy strategies presented there are directly applicable to local purposes.

  •  Make sure you and your colleagues are signed up for the Arts Action Fund E-Advocacy  alerts – that’s how we notify the sector of the latest legislative actions, threats and responses.

  •  Look for ways to engage your members of Congress at home (House and Senate). Make sure they’re on the invite list for all your cultural events and look for a way to build an event with them and a local NEA grantee. 

Sign the National Petition to President Trump to Support the Arts in America

Following a tumultuous election, the arts community is asking what they can do. With so much change coming so quickly, arts advocates need to organize. We need to raise our collective and individual voices with precision and in a unified manner. The new Administration and Congress will swiftly pass their biggest legislative changes in the first 1 to 3 months of the new year. We need to act now. 


That's why the Arts Action Fund has developed this nationwide petition to President Trump to support the arts by taking specific pro-arts actions within his Administration.

Please sign this petition and get 5 of your friends to do the same.

Americans for the Arts - Arts Action Fund

The Arts Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts. They are the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Launched in 2004, the Arts Action Fund seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts and arts education. The Arts Action Fund's goals are to:

Enlist and mobilize 1 million citizen activists who will help ensure that public and private resources are maximized and that arts-friendly public policies are adopted at the federal, state, and local levels.

Join this organization for free today, click here.

Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA)

Bringing the community together. Promoting education. Delighting our children. Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) knows that the arts foster vibrant communities, while making good economic sense. They inspire our children, while they tell us who we are. We believe there’s no better way to enrich the quality of life for all of us.

Buy an Arts License Plate or Gift-A-Tag

70% of state arts funding comes from the sale of arts and collegiate license plates

  • Now you can buy a GIFT-A-TAG voucher for the purchase of any of Tennessee's Specialty License Plates. There are over 100 to choose from. To purchase a voucher, click here!

  • GIFT-A-TAG vouchers are $35 and you can buy as many as you want—for your family, friends or treat yourself. Each GIFT-A-TAG is good for the purchase of a Specialty License Plate or the personalization of any license plate. 

If you already have a Tennessee arts license plate, stop by our office (575 South Mendenhall) or email a picture to info [at] artsmemphis [dot] org to receive a FREE ArtsCard, offering discounts to the arts across the city!

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