arts advocacy

Missouri Citizens for the Arts Requests Relief Funding

Missouri Citizens for the Arts is sending the following letter to Missouri's Congressional delegation to request relief efforts for the arts community. 

To strengthen our voice for the non-profit arts section, MCA would like to add your Organization's name to our group letter.
Please contact Kyna Iman, at to confirm your support by June 30, 2020.  Keep up the Good Fight!

Citizens for the Arts Legislative Day


9:30 a.m. registration starts, rooms 493 and 494 of the Truman Office Building, 301 W. High Street; complimentary coffee available

10:30 a.m. briefing and marching orders delivered by MCA's lobbyist, Kyna Iman; at this time, we'll provide to you MCA's legislative agenda with talking points as well as materials to leave with each legislator you will visit

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Jeff City

Action Alert: Write to Governor Parsons for Arts Council Financial Support

MCA President Leslie Forrester joined MCA Lobbyist Kyna Iman and the Cultural Partners (Humanities, Libraries, Public Broadcasting and Historical Preservation folks) last week to meet with State Budget Director Dan Haug and Governor Parson's Legislative Direcctor to discuss the budget projections for fiscal year 2021.  We explained since start of the fiscal year, July 1, the non-resident professional athlete and entertainers' tax has generated $16,055,011.10.

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Arts Advocacy at work

Missouri Fine Arts Academy was funded at $275,000 for fiscal year 2020, thanks in part to the arts advocacy efforts of Missouri Citizens for the Arts and area arts councils and patrons. 

"This was no easy task as the Governor is still trying to move other departments to Higher Education, which will be debated today as part of an incentive package for General Motors," says the Missouri Citizens for the Arts in an email.

Call your Senators Today!

Your advocacy help is needed by 10am on Thursday, March 28th!


There is a group of Missouri Senators threatening a second filibuster against arts funding, pitting the arts spending against infrastructure spending. The group is exploring cuts to the Missouri Arts Council staff and cuts to the MAC budget.


Will you all rally again to reach out to our local Senators and urge their support for Senate Bill 264 with no cuts to the Missouri Arts Council budget or staff?


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