You are the expert on the impact of the arts in your community and schools. Be prepared to tell your story to lawmakers and be ready to back it up with the facts. These tools can help.

Advocacy resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about advocacy. To start with, "What is advocacy anyway?" Read more.

Talking Points

Arts Alliance Illinois can provide the play-by-play to back up your color commentary. Here are talking points to help you make the case for the arts and arts education. Read more.


"If you can't count it, it doesn't count" -- a common sentiment among decision-makers. Strengthen your case for the arts and arts education with these research findings. Read more.

How-to Guides

Like all relationships, cultivating good friends in government takes nurturing and trust. Here are how-to guides to help you engage decision-makers and cultivate them into champions for the arts and arts education. Read more.

Legislative Advocacy Handbook

Everything you've ever wanted to know about your elected officials, but were afraid to ask—you'll find all the answers in our legislative handbooks. Read more.


Has there ever been a more important time to know your lawmakers -- and for them to know you? Advocacy is central to the mission and success of any organization, school, or artist. Arts Alliance Illinois explains why and how in Arts Advocacy 101. Read more.