Akron, OH – The 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day is taking place on March 20, 2017, and is designed to showcase the powerful effects of creative communities and the importance of strong public policies supporting arts and culture.

During Arts Advocacy Day, grassroots advocates from across the country unite in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Monday, March 20, 2017, Akron-based ArtsNow is leading the charge for local arts and culture advocacy in Summit County.

“Arts Advocacy Day is an opportunity to join forces with organizations nationwide and show our support for arts and culture in Summit County,” said Nicole Mullet, Executive Director of ArtsNow. “A vibrant creative scene gives community life. It inspires us, enables innovation and fosters understanding and civic growth.”

This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between arts and communities.

“The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures,” said Randy Cohen Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts. “The arts also are a fundamental component of healthy communities, strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.”

Here’s how residents of Summit County can take action on Arts Advocacy Day this Monday, March 20, 2017:

Attend an event: Advocate for local arts and culture by simply showing up. Attend a festival, a visual art display or kids and family events. For a full list of hundreds of arts or cultural events, please visit summitlive365.com.

Donate to local arts and culture organizations: Search for an art or cultural nonprofit that makes your community a better place to live, work and play and donate to support its cause.
Reach out to your elected officials: Tell your federal, state and local representatives a personal story about how local arts and culture have impacted you and your community

Pledge to advocate throughout the year: ArtsNow and local arts organizations need help throughout the year to advocates for important policy issues that impact art organizations in Summit County.

Learn more on social media: On Monday, ArtsNow will also be sharing other ways that you can advocate for local arts in Summit County. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about ArtsNow, please visit, artsnow.org.