The Indiana Coalition for the Arts (INCA) will host Arts Day at the Statehouse on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 12:30–4:00 p.m. This year, INCA and all advocates will again “Storm the Floor” to directly express their support of public funding for the arts to the state Senators, Representatives and their staff. Attendees are encouraged to bring flyers, business cards, and personal talking points on how the arts impact their lives, careers and communities.
In order to prepare for the day’s activities, INCA will present Attorney Emily Heimann from Barnes & Thornburg to offer guidance on how to make the most of your day. The training session will be held at the conference room of Music for All in Union Station 39 W. Jackson Place – Suite 150, Indianapolis from 11:00–11:30 a.m. Registrants are encouraged to check in starting at 10:30 a.m. At this session, attendees will be handed Arts Advocacy Packets that contain information specific to the district of each legislator. The packet information describes how state funds from the Indiana Arts Commission (www.in.gov/arts) were used in FY2012.
Participants will “Storm the Floor” at the Statehouse starting at 1:15 p.m. Participants are invited to meet in the South Atrium of the Statehouse for a cupcake and to mix with legislators and INCA members between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m.
Registration for the Arts Advocate Training and Arts Day at the Statehouse can be found at www.inartscoalition.org . There is no fee to register for any of the day’s activities.
The mission of the Indiana Coalition for the Arts (INCA) is to foster and encourage a broader awareness and understanding by public officials and legislators at all levels of government, local, state, and national, of the importance of the arts, artists, and arts organizations to the citizens of Indiana; and to provide an effective channel of communication, including a statewide network of artists, arts organizations, and other concerned citizens and community organizations, through which their views and concerns can be promptly communicated regarding local, state, and national policies, programs, and funding levels of governmental bodies which relate to or have an impact on the arts.
Advocating for public funding and support of Indiana’s arts by way of:
• Bringing the arts community together to mobilize around a common agenda
• Educating the public and increasing their awareness of the value of the arts
• Influencing public policy and legislation at all levels
• Ensuring that a broad spectrum of artistic expression flourishes in Indiana.