From the Executive Director

Dear CultureSource Members,

I hope you can feel the positive energy emanating from National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., and that you join me in appreciating our colleagues who made the trek to Capitol Hill to tell stories of our cultural sector's impacts related to youth, economy, and health, among other things.

As you plan your ongoing advocacy efforts here in Michigan, I hope you'll consider the following:

  • Talk to Candidates: Earlier this month, CultureSource hosted the new senior advisor at the National Endowment for the Arts. As he toured Southeast Michigan, he reminded me of how important it is to connect with people when they are candidates for office, pondering a run, or showing an aptitude for politics. Should they win an election, the platform they form before and in their campaign will carry them through a term or more of service.
  • Use Tools: The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts, and Creative Many Michigan all have fantastic toolkits and resources online.
  • Stay Current: Make sure your organization profile and event listings are up to date on websites for Pure Michigan, your area convention and visitors bureau, and of course, CultureSource. When fully populated, they build awareness about our robust cultural sector and make it easy for people to see and brag about the breadth of our creative sector.

Please also add Michigan's Arts Advocacy Day to your calendar: it's April 18 in Lansing. And best wishes to you in your work. As always, please let us know how we can help.

Cheers,
Omari