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December 2020

Post-Election Advocacy

Now that the election is over, it’s time for the real work to begin. Arts advocacy depends on building relationships and educating our community about the value the arts bring to our quality of life and local economy.

According to the recent polling of our membership, only 33% have ever written their elected officials to ask them to support public arts funding. Are you passing up an opportunity to give voice to the arts experience?

Arts advocacy is more than just a financial plea in response to a budget crisis. A personal letter or note goes a long way to representing your patrons. A testimonial from a board member, a local business, or an audience member offers a special insight into the impact the arts provide.

When you write your legislators about the importance of the arts in your life, you make the arts important to them. Here is a contact list of your newly elected and re-elected federal and state legislators. Use this opportunity to congratulate them and introduce yourself. Set up a visit and start the conversation.

Randall Forte, Executive Director

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Safeguarding the Arts During COVID-19

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Virtual Panel Discussion

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council invites the arts community to meet with US Representative Susan Wild on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm via Zoom, to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their business. The format for the meeting will be a panel discussion with Congresswoman Susan Wild and representatives from the nonprofit arts and culture sector.

Moderated by Randall Forte, Executive Director at Lehigh Valley Arts Council. Additional panelists include Shelley Brown from State Theatre Center for the Arts, Shannon Fugate from Baum School of Art, and Kara Mohsinger from National Museum of Industrial History.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Registration deadline is November 30th. RSVP for the Zoom link and opportunity to submit questions for the panelists to answer during the forum.

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Newly Elected Pennsylvania Representatives

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Ann Flood
Pennsylvania State Representative | 138th District

Email: Ann@voteannflood.com
Campaign Website: voteannflood.com

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Milou Mackenzie
Pennsylvania State Representative | 131st District

Email: info@mac4rep.com
Campaign Website: mac4rep.com

* Updated contact and office information for these legislators will be updated on our Advocacy webpage as it becomes available.

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Tips for Writing Your Legislators

▪ Make it personal; tell your story!
▪ Know your local legislators. You can find a Lehigh Valley legislator contact sheet on our website.
▪ If you are mailing in a letter, make sure to send an email copy as well.
Make it personal; tell your story!
Know your local legislators. You can find a Lehigh Valley legislator contact sheet on our website.
If you are mailing in a letter, make sure to send an email copy as well.
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Celebrating in the Time of COVID

Take a few minutes to answer this brief 5-question survey on how COVID-19 will impact your holiday arts traditions.

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The Nonprofit Effectiveness Program

This upcoming year, LVCF is aiming to fund a new cohort of organizations that are led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and that serve Lehigh Valley’s Black and Brown communities. Learn more about The Nonprofit Effectiveness Program on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's website.

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Call to Action | CARES Act Funding

In May of this year, Pennsylvania received $3.9 billion under the federal CARES Act. Of that $3.9 billion, Pennsylvania has $1 billion remaining. Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania is asking you to reach out to your members of the PA General Assembly and ask them to support the arts sector in Pennsylvania. Click for more info.

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Creative Workforce Proposal

To thrive post-pandemic, the United States must leverage our creative power, putting creative workers to work rebuilding, reimagining, unifying, and healing communities in every state and territory, as well as within tribal lands. Americans for the Arts proposes actions the next Administration can take to activate the creative economy within a comprehensive national recovery strategy. Read more about the proposal and sign the project endorsement, as an individual or an organization, by visiting their website.

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Arts Advocacy Page

Visit our website to view a compilation of resources and advocacy tips, as well as a contact sheet for legislators in the Lehigh Valley.

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Arts Council Membership

We are the region’s central voice for the arts—it’s our calling to promote arts awareness and advocate its value. Our vision is to ensure that everyone has access to a rich, diverse arts culture. Your membership amplifies the message that the arts are vital to our region’s quality of life and our economic vitality. The larger our collective voice, the greater impact we can have. Become a member today!

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Support us with Amazon Smile!

Did you know that you can be an arts advocate while shopping on Amazon.com? Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Lehigh Valley Arts Council whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

To support our organization start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Make sure you set your charity to the Lehigh Valley Arts Council. Then remember to use Smile.Amazon.com whenever you shop. That’s it!

Thank you for your support for the arts in the Lehigh Valley.

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100 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE

This year marks the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States; a complex story that requires a deeper understanding of how different groups of women worked both together and separately for suffrage even after the 19th amendment was ratified.

View a collection of intersectional and stunning feminist artwork featured in Smithsonian Magazine's article, WHAT 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE LOOKS LIKE THROUGH THE EYES OF 100 WOMEN ARTISTS , featuring a new book by author and art historian, Bridget Quinn.

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Artist, Trisha Mason (@trishabmason), created this portrait of Rep. Patsy Mink and the Title IX, which was later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. PC: Smithsonian Magazine

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Artist, Ajuan Mance (@8_rock), created this work in honor of the election of Sen. Carol Moseley Braun. PC: Smithsonian Magazine

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