The creation of an Art Council provides a voice and platform through the arts to enrich lives and build vibrant, creative communities, and to ensure that the arts are recognized, celebrated, and supported in the community. The Council can provide financial assistance (through grant opportunities) to artists, arts organizations, schools, and other entities engaged in cultural programming to strengthen the community culturally, educationally, and economically.
How to establish an Arts Council in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 3: PRESENT. Download this Sample Ordinance from Perth Amboy and make an official presentation to your local governing body.
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.