TEXAS ARTS ADVOCACY DAY: A PHOTO ESSAY
Brittany Johnson, Advancement Assistant
Catherine Gonzalez, Communications Coordinator
The following photos were taken in and around the Texas State Capitol during 2017 Texas Arts Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 9. Advocacy Day brought together artists, arts leaders and citizen activists from across the state for the same goal. To learn more about Arts Advocacy Day and the 85th legislative session as it relates to arts and culture, visit our recap.
NAME: Ab Sengupta
TITLE: General Manager
ORGANIZATION: Da Camera of Houston
WHAT REPRESENTATIVE DID YOU MEET? Sen. Garnett Coleman's aide Jennifer Edwards
WHAT DID YOU LEARN AT ARTS ADVOCACY DAY? I learned that as artists and artist citizens that we can't stand by, we have to be directly involved and enter the conversation. Join the ongoing dialogue. What is important to us as a society?
NAME: Amiri Boykin
TITLE: Summer Studios Artist (Summer 2016)
ORGANIZATION: Project Row Houses
WHAT REPRESENTATIVE DID YOU MEET? Sen. Borris Miles' staff member Bianca Beal
WHAT DID YOU LEARN AT ARTS ADVOCACY DAY? I learned that the key to arts advocacy is having feet on the ground. Connecting actions to real people. It is important to have open and clear communication with representatives and maintaining constant contact with people who only meet every two years by design.
NAME: Lavanya Rajagopalan
TITLE: Founder, Executive/Artistic Director
ORGANIZATION: Silambam Houston
WHAT REPRESENTATIVES DID YOU MEET? The staff of Larry Taylor, Ed Thompson and Greg Bonnen
WHAT DID YOU LEARN AT ARTS ADVOCACY DAY? This was the first time I ever did advocacy work. It was easy to speak with everyone. Representatives and their staff really want to hear what we have to say. They are willing to listen.