DAA fully supports federal funding of the arts and is committed to preserving funding of the National Endowment of the Arts, National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Public Broadcasting Service through arts advocacy efforts. We are launching the #WhyDEArtsMatter Campaign to let our elected officials know that Delaware’s arts community supports the NEA and federal funding of the arts.

Our goal is to engage advocates and let our elected officials know that support of the NEA is important to Delaware’s arts institutions and community through a multi-pronged advocacy campaign. The campaign will include the following:

  • letters sent to officials from DAA members through our VoterVoice system
  • a postcard campaign
  • a social media campaign
  • a compilation of stories that demonstrate the impact of the arts in people’s lives (in partnership with DDOA)
  • in-person visits to federal officials on National Arts Advocacy Day (March 21) and state officials on DE Arts Advocacy Day (May 4)

These tools will help advocates make the case for funding of the arts in the #WhyDEArtsMatter Campaign.

#WhyDeArtsMatter Campaign: Postcard Campaign

DAA has created a postcard template, which can be printed and mailed to elected officials. You can get creative in spreading the word–host a postcard party and invite your friends to fill out postcards or share these virtually to your network. Consider using one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts” in the message section.

There are two postcard template types: one you can print on any home printer and one that you can have professionally printed.

Home Printing:
Download this 8.5” X 11” size template
Print on 8.5” X 11” paper
Fold and tape
Customize your message (consider using one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts”)
Add postcard postage and mail to your elected officials

#WhyDEArtsMatter home printing postcard template

Professional Printing:
Download these standard size postcard templates (front and back)
Upload to a professional printing site that prints postcards (like Vista Print, Staples, etc.)
When your postcards arrive, customize your message (consider using one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts”)
Add postcard postage and mail to your elected officials

#WhyDEArtsMatter professional printing postcard template front

#WhyDEArtsMatter professional printing postcard template back

Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts

DAA upholds the Americans for the Arts’ Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts.  We added some facts about the impact of the arts on Delaware’s economy and culture in this list below.  Click on the link below for the list and add one of these reasons on your postcard.  Share the list on social media too!

Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts poster

#WhyDEArtsMatter Social Media Campaign

We are asking DAA Members, Institutional Supporters, and friends to participate in the #WhyDEArtsMatter social media campaign. DAA will be posting stories, action alerts, and news on our social media sites.  Please share with your social media network. Also share your stories and reasons why the arts are important to you and why you support federal funding of the arts with the hashtag #WhyDEArtsMatter.  When tweeting your reasons, consider including your elected officials’ twitter handles along with the hashtag #WhyDEArtsMatter

Stories on the Impact of the Arts

DAA is working with the Delaware Division of the Arts in presenting a compilation of real-life stories to support the data we have about why the arts are important.  As Randy Cohen from Americans for the Arts says about arts advocacy, “No stories without data, and no data without stories”. DAA will present these stories at National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC on March 22 and Delaware Arts Advocacy Day on May 4.

DDOA is asking for the arts community to share with DDOA real-life, concrete examples of how engagement in the arts made an impact on someone.  The parameters for submission are:

  • Identify the organization presenting the story
  • Be specific and compelling, going beyond “she enjoyed it” or “he left with a smile on his face”
  • Be focused on an individual, community, or group of people and how the arts concretely “made a difference”
  • Protect the anonymity of the individual (or group) if necessary
  • Be limited to 150 words

DDOA reserves the right to edit submissions.  Submissions can be sent to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtsStory by March 10.

State and Federal Funding for Delaware’s Art Sector

Here is a useful diagram from the Delaware Division of the Arts, which shows how the Delaware arts sector is funded by the state and federal government.

DDOA Funding Sources FY2017