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What We Do
UCA is a statewide voice for the arts and humanities that mobilizes the cultural community to effect positive change. UCA speaks on behalf of the entire cultural community to government. UCA’s board and staff tracks, takes positions on, and lobbies for and against bills and appropriation decisions that affect the cultural sector. Our 501c4 arm also grades elected officials, sends out candidate surveys, and endorses culture-friendly candidates.
- Our Advocacy toolkit (a how to guide on advocacy also includes what c3's can and can't do as well as contact info) // Available on the members only page of our website. Or, request a copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a current member of Utah Cultural Alliance to have access.
- Click on the Advocacy blog page to see candidate survey responses, recordings of our advocacy forums, legislative committee reports, bill tracking lists, lists of current appropriation requests, and other useful tools.
- WESTAF's Advocacy Toolkit & NASAA's Why Should Government Support the Arts guide, specific to the NEA
Grassroots Training & Political Information
We seek to advance grassroots involvement in public policy through:
- Information Source // We track relevant bills and appropriations. We attend relevant legislative committee and municipal council hearings and take notes which we distribute to members.
- Updates // UCA keeps members apprised of public policy changes that impact the cultural sector through its weekly newsletter, blog, and social media.
- Legislative Forums // Offered during the 45-day legislative session, these meetings keep members current on the legislative climate, and encourage action as appropriate. We train members on how to build relationships and communicate needs with elected officials.
- Advocacy Workshops // Near or on Arts Day on the Hill, UCA offers an advocacy workshop at the state capitol. Members receive a tour of the house and senate, and learn the most effective ways to communicate with elected officials.
- Advocacy Toolkit // a member-only benefit and provides a primer of advocacy tips and techniques and contact information for elected officials.
- Candidate Surveys // During election years, we develop and distribute surveys focused on arts and culture issues to all candidates. Results are tabulated and posted on our website and distributed to members, the general public, and the media.
- Advocacy // UCA’s board and staff tracks, takes positions, and lobbies for and against bills, appropriations, zoning, and other political decisions that affect the cultural sector.
- Lobby Days on the Hill // UCA partners with entities such as Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the Utah Museum Association, the Utah Nonprofit Association, and State History to co-host Arts Day on the Hill, Museums Day on the Hill, Nonprofit Day on the Hill, and History Day on the Hill. We organize the advocacy portion of these events, determine messaging, and organize attendees into regional advocacy groups to meet with legislators. We educate attendees on the relevant bills and appropriations that affect the cultural sector. Through these days, hundreds of cultural individuals and organizations come to the Capitol to speak with legislators.
- National Advocacy // Our Executive Director serves as the Utah State Captain of the Americans for the Arts. This person acts as a conduit of information between members and issues on a national level. We organize and attend all Utah meetings with the federal delegation for National Arts Day. UCA is fundraising to send a representative to National Humanities Advocacy Day.
- Cultural Caucus // In 2003, the legislature formed the Utah Legislative Arts and Cultural Caucus. Currently 61 Legislators participate in the caucus. The Cultural Caucus supports the philosophy that culture builds communities by voicing messages that drive legislative leadership to sustain and grow arts and culture as an industry.
- Legislative Break // Held annually, this event is a way for our board to share information supporting the arts and cultural community with legislators and grow the Cultural Caucus. We serve them snacks in the house and senate kitchens.