Get In Touch With Your Elected Representative
When you are spreading the news about your Culture Days activity, don’t forget to also contact your elected representatives. This will support the Culture Days objective to build public awareness for the importance of arts and culture in our communities. Nothing could better foster a broad appreciation for the arts among our elected officials than witnessing local artists engage the public with their arts activities in their own ridings.
City or town Councilors, Members of Provincial and Territorial Legislative Assemblies and Members of Parliament (MPs) value communications from their constituents. They want to be informed of the issues that are important to voters and know what is happening in their constituencies. Like the public at large, elected representatives don’t always understand what artists do or recognize the value your work contributes to their community. A greater appreciation among elected representatives for arts and culture will have a positive long-term impact on the whole cultural sector. Don’t be shy; invite them to your activity and start up a conversation. You may be surprised how interested they are in the arts and to learn about your work.
Elected representatives can be overwhelmed with the sheer volume of emails and other pieces of correspondence that they receive. Make your invitation and activity stand out by emphasizing how Culture Days offers them a unique behind-the-scenes peek at the creative process. Invite them to come try their hand at art-making or to meet one-on-one with creators.
How to contact your elected representative
Federal Members of Parliament
Please note that mail may be sent postage-free to any Member at the following address:
House of Commons
Members of Provincial and Territorial Legislative Assemblies
To find the elected member of your Provincial or Territorial Legislative Assembly for your riding, consult the list online here.
Regions, Counties and Municipalities
There are thousands of regional councils and municipalities throughout Canada with varying and sometimes overlapping responsibility for arts and culture infrastructure. Despite this patchwork, it is often the politicians at the local level who are the most engaged with their community’s cultural events.
As a result, it is worth the effort to find out how to contact your councillors and mayor and to invite them to your activity. A quick online search of your municipality’s website will direct you to the contact information for your local elected councillor or representative.
Originally posted to the Culture Days Blog on August 30th, 2010 by Aubrey Reeves.