Arkansans for the Arts invites the commuity to join them at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the rotunda of the state Capitol for Arts Advocacy Day.


Participants will rally for the arts, showcase the arts as an economic driver in the state, network and may attend advocacy training sessions. There will also be an opportunity to talk with state legislators, according to a news release.


“It is our mission to advance the arts, arts education and the creative economy in Arkansas,” said Garbo Hearne, chair of the Board for Arkansans for the Arts.


Organizers will assemble multiple disciplines and show how they integrate through four industries sparked by arts education.


“There will be a showcase of performing and visual arts, both inside and outside our state capitol building. Students from all levels will be coming from across the state to perform. We will provide advocacy training to educate our members on how to be strong advocates for the arts on state and national levels. We will meet members of our state House and Senate legislative body that have formed Arkansas’s first Legislative Arts Caucus,” according to the release.


Jean Lacefield, Arts Advocacy Day Chair, invites all arts supporters to come participate in workshops and see how the creative economy is the third fastest growing industry in Arkansas, according to the release.


“Arkansans for the Arts has developed a statewide focus on the economic strength of our various art sectors and will demonstrate our statewide presence,” according to the release.


Advocacy training sessions will be held in the Capitol conference room.


“Learn about national and local findings on how the arts and culture supports jobs, generates state revenue and is a cornerstone to tourism. Also, learn how arts education is the baseline of Arkansas’ creative economy. Meet our aspiring student art advocates,” according to a news release.


Advocacy sessions from 9-11 a.m. include: Creative Economy 101 – Lenore Shoults, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; Arts Education Advocacy – Steve Holder, vice president, Arkansans For the Arts Arts; Funding Opportunities 101 - Gayle Seymour - University Central Arkansas.


The Creative Economy Networking Business Exchange will be held from 11-11:30 a.m.


“Don’t miss the opportunity to network with like-minded art enthusiasts from across the State. Bring 50 business cards or download Scannable and Evernote App on Your mobile device,” according to the release.


Introduction of the Legislative ARTS Caucus will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon.


“Come meet and thank your District’s House and Senate Legislative ARTS Caucus Chairs,” according to the release.


All are welcome to attend. Registration is required at www.ArkansansFortheArts.org .