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Arts Advocacy

Announcing: Arts Action Now!
 
York Region Arts Council is supporting Arts Action Now, the Ontarians for the Arts primary activism vehicle.

We are looking for insightful, knowledgeable and proactive community leaders to volunteer as arts advocates and meet with local MPPs and Candidates. We encourage to you get involved! 
 
With your help, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates in as many ridings as possible in the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7. Messaging, materials and training will be made available to prepare you for your meetings. Meetings will be organized by local advocates, supported by Ontarians for the Arts Regional Convenors, Steering Committee members, and staff.
 
The format

  1. Volunteer spokespeople are recruited at the local level to help organize and meet with MPPs and Candidates ahead of the June 7 election.
  2. Volunteer spokespeople participate in a training session prior to their scheduled meeting(s).
  3. Meeting(s) take place in art spaces, public places or MPP and Candidate offices. Volunteer spokespeople have speaking notes on hand.
  4. Teams debrief, complete a short evaluation, and forward feedback to Ontarians for the Arts and York Region Arts Council.

What do we want incumbents or candidates to remember? 

  • The arts matter to their constituents and are an important part of community life.
  • Artists live and work in their communities. They support local business and help attract business.
  • The provincial government plays an important role in supporting the arts and culture sector.
  • The volunteer spokespeople they met with were credible and passionate.

How do I get involved?

  • Option 1: Register on the York Region Arts Council form.
  • Option 2: Visit www.ontariansforthearts.ca and click on SIGN UP FORM.
  • Option 3: Or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name, telephone number and email address, as well as your home and work electoral districts (ridings).
  • Learn more: Connections and Resilience through the Arts
     

Mark your calendar: Training Mondays at 1 pm in English and 2 pm in French

Every week, starting Monday, March 26, a one-hour teleconference training session will be available to Arts Action Now volunteers. Topics include messaging and delivery, media relations, language (safe/no-go zones), as well as a Q&A component.  

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a Monday training session that works for you and precedes your Arts Action Now activities.

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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