Advocacy Tip: Write a Letter

This ArtsEd Washington Advocacy Tip is based on material from the Advocacy Committee of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, of which ArtsEd Washington is a member.

It’s time to get started on a new year of advocating for arts education. Our state’s Legislative Session is just around the corner, which means right now is the perfect time to jump in and introduce yourself to your newly elected officials and reintroduce yourself to returning members.

Wondering how to find your district and your elected representatives?  Visit the Washington State Legislature District Finder page and simply enter your address.

While the easiest way to say hello may be to send a form letter by email, the best way to welcome your legislators to personally send them a brief note or card.  Take it one step further and personalize your note by enclosing a piece of children’s artwork with your card.  Be sure to mention that the child lives in the legislator’s district. Let your representative know that they can call on you for information about arts education. Don’t forget to include your contact information!

Below are two sample letters to help you get started. If you don’t feel comfortable serving as your local official’s source for arts education, we are happy to send you ArtsEd Washington business cards that you may include with your letter.  Send us your request for business cards.  Please include your mailing address and the number of cards you require.

Whatever – and however – you write, please remember that consistent communication is the key. Keep an ongoing dialogue with your legislator and make a habit of sending them good news about arts education in your district.  Thank you for supporting and advocating for arts education!

Sample Letter 1 (.doc file.pdf file)

Sample Letter 2 (.doc file.pdf file)

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