5 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW FOR ARTS ADVOCACY
The Arts Advocacy movement may not be enjoying the million-people marches or all-deserved buzz that climate change is receiving these days, but it is still a topic worth keeping afloat. After all, the arts can play a huge role in contributing to climate change awareness. But, more on that later.
There are many wonderful sites dedicated to Arts Advocacy, filled with information on how you can help at every level from the sidewalk to the senate. But, I’ll be honest, the amount of information can be a bit overwhelming. Especially for everyday folks like you and I.
To simplify a bit, below are five IG accounts to follow to start you on your arts advocacy journey.
1 . Americansforthearts.org
Mission: To build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.
Be sure to check out The Arts + Social Impact explorer. A colorful, handy-dandy easy to use tool that breaks down different categories in which the arts play a positive impactful role. Spin the wheel and select a slice! Its a tool I’ve used often to help spread information.
The National Endowment For The Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
Be sure to check out the current issue, as well as back issues, of the NEA Magazine. All in PDF format for your reading convenience.
3. Grants for the Arts
Grants for the Arts is helmed by Tabitha, a musician-turned-grant writer passionate about the arts.
Follow her for tips and strategies, information on non-profits and more, all specific to arts advocacy.
4. Create CA
If you’re from California, this account focuses on the need for greater arts education in California’s public schools.
Be sure to check out the informative and robust interactive dashboard which details the accessibility of arts in various school districts and schools throughout California.
5. Volunteer Lawyers For the Arts
Mission: 50 years ago a small group of lawyers who care about the arts and the community in which they live began to volunteer their services to help and protect the local arts community. From that core idea, VLA was founded and has flourished for five decades, providing vital legal representation and education to those who cannot otherwise afford it.
While the below might not specifically be an “arts advocacy” account, it plays a role in keeping the arts alive, which is everyday arts advocacy.
C3 Arts Radio
This IG account is filled with wonderful visuals from various artists.
If you live in Harlem, catch their radio show, C3 Radio Arts, Tuesdays 5-6 pm on WHCR 90.3 (Note: this is an actual radio show, not a podcast, so you have to actually tune in at the designated time).
For those not based in Harlem, you should be able to listen online at whcr.org. Click on the “Listen Live” link at the top.