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PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Day

Arts Education Matters

On Tuesday, May 12, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network will host the annual PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Day.

GroundSwell will take 50 advocates from Southeastern Pennsylvania to Harrisburg to meet with their elected officials and discuss the importance of arts education in the Commonwealth, and I hope you are one of them!

Education funding is one of the Commonwealth's most pressing issues, and as our state legislators meet to discuss the FY2016 budget, it is important that they know the current state of arts education in our schools and the impact that increased funding could have on your school district or education program. 

On Tuesday, May 12, advocates will travel by bus with the GroundSwell Team from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. The day will start off in the main hall of the Capitol with a short program hosted by Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Arts & Culture Caucus Co-Chairs. Following the program, advocates will attend a short Advocacy Bootcamp to provide some logistical information and give some background on the issues that are on the policy agendas for Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network.

After the Bootcamp, advocates will meet with their state representatives and state senators representing their home and/or work legislative districts to discuss the importance of arts education in their districts. Advocates are encouraged to share their stories about the impact of the arts on youth and the need to have adequate funding in schools in order to maintain arts programming. GroundSwell will set up meetings for advocates prior to the event and will provide additional background information to leave with legislators. 

The bus will return to Philadelphia by 5pm. 

If you are interested in attending PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Days in Harrisburg please register here. We only have room for 50 attendees so please register as soon as possible.

It is especially important that we have advocates that live and/or work in the districts of our state legislators that sit on the Appropriations and Finance Committees including: Senators Greenleaf, Haywood, Hughes, Leach, Mensch, Rafferty and Tartaglione and Representatives Adolph, Bradford, Briggs, Brownlee, Daley, Dean, Donatucci, Galloway, Kampf, Killion, Kinsey, Milne, O'Brien, Parker, Quinn, and Vereb. To look up your state legislator click here