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      Introduction to Advocacy: Making an impact at the local, state and national levels in Santa Clara

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      January 26, 2019

      Saturday  10:00 AM

      500 El Camino Real
      Santa Clara, California 95053

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      Introduction to Advocacy: Making an impact at the local, state and national levels

      What is Advocacy? What does it look like? How can I be an Effective Advocate? genARTS is proud to present this interactive and comprehensive workshop lead by Ron Muriera, Vice President on the board of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts. Advocacy is about educating and informing elected officials, the public, community partners, and the media about the importance of the arts. It is up to artists/creatives, arts & cultural organizations, and our supporters to educate and explain to elected officials the value of arts and culture, and the impact it makes in our communities. Effective advocacy involves the ability to rally people around a single issue or goal, and to communicate those issues with legislators and decision makers. Participants in this session will learn the essential basics and strategies needed to be an effective advocate. The session will cover key areas: ·       Understanding the basics of advocacy ·       Developing an advocacy strategy ·       Cultivating relationships with legislators, legislative staff, and policy makers ·       Communicating with elected officials, the public and the media The goal for this workshop is to develop, train, and mobilize arts advocates to strengthen our collective voice for arts and culture. **Breakfast and lunch will be provided.** Thank you to the Center for Cultural Innovation for financial support of this program. Special thanks to the following organizations who are also supporting this event: California Arts Advocates (CAA) Californians for the Arts (CFTA) De Saisset Museum About Ron Muriera For the last 20 years, Ron P. Muriera has interwoven his diverse experiences and knowledge as an advocate, arts and cultural administrator, performing artist, community activist, educator, and preservationist/historian into his current calling serving communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and nationwide. Ron has dedicated his life focusing on issues of racial, social and economic justice, arts and culture, and educational equity. Presently, Ron is the Development Director at San José Stage Company, and is owner/consultant of RPM Consulting, a sole proprietorship consulting business that supports the mission of arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions through strategic fundraising. Ron has provided advocacy training locally, regionally and nationally. He has prepared and trained advocates of all ages for congressional visits in Washington DC, legislative visits in Sacramento, and visits with local public elected officials. For 10 years, he led advocacy teams on visits to congressional offices in DC, and continues to share his knowledge and experience on the importance of advocacy with community members and nonprofit organizations. Ron enters his 7th year on the San José Arts Commission elected Vice Chair for the new term. He previously was Chair for the Arts Commission’s Public Art Committee for 2 years. Ron also is currently Vice President on the board of directors for two statewide arts organizations: California Arts Advocates and its sister organization, Californians for the Arts, and was recently appointed to the advisory board of the Global Artists’ Collaborative for Community Empowerment (GACCE).  He holds membership with Americans for The Arts, Californians for the Arts, and Arts Action Fund. He was recently a recipient of Mosaic America’s Impact Award for his contributions to arts and culture. Ron holds a B.A. in Humanities from New College of California and is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

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