Advocate for the arts.
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
701 Ocean Street, Room 500 // Santa Cruz, CA 95060 // FX: (831) 454-3262
- District 1 – Supervisor John Leopold
- District 2 – Supervisor Zach Friend
- District 3 – Supervisor Neal Coonerty
- District 4 – Supervisor Greg Caput
- District 5 – Supervisor Bruce McPherson
Santa Cruz City Council
809 Center Street // Santa Cruz, CA 95060
- Mayor Don Lane
- Vice Mayor Cynthia Mathews
- Councilmember Cynthia Chase
- Councilmember Pamela Comstock
- Councilmember Richelle Noroyan
- Councilmember Micah Posner
- Councilmember David Terrazas
Capitola City Council
420 Capitola Avenue // Capitola, CA 95010 // FX: (831) 464-8659
- Mayor Dennis Norton
- Vice Major Ed Bottorff
- Treasurer Christine McBroom
- Councilmember Stephanie Harlan
- Councilmember Michael Termini
Watsonville City Council
City of Watsonville // 275 Main St., Suite 400 (4th Floor) // Watsonville, CA 95076 // FX: (831) 761-0736
- District 1 – Mayor Pro Tempore Felipe Hernandez
- District 2 – Councilmember Karina Cervantez
- District 3 – Councilmember Lowell Hurst
- District 4 – Councilmember Jimmy Dutra
- District 5 – Councilmember Rebecca Garcia
- District 6 – Councilmember Trina Coffman-Gomez
- District 7 – Councilmember Nancy Bilicich
Scotts Valley City Council
One Civic Center Drive // Scotts Valley, CA 95066
- Mayor Jim Reed
- Vice Mayor Dene Bustichi
- Councilmember Stephany Aguilar
- Councilmember Randy Johnson
- Councilmember Donna Lind
How else can I help?
- a list of reasons why the arts are essential to the health and vitality of communities and the nation
- talking points on topics such as government funding, tourism, and at-risk youth
- tips designed to help arts nonprofits increase their visibility
- links to additional resources
- and an audio message from Americans for the Arts president and CEO Bob Lynch on the importance of rallying behind the arts in these times of economic uncertainty.
Arts Education Position Paper
Arts Council Santa Cruz County has created an Arts Education Position Paper, outlining our background with arts education, the challenges that we face, and how we can overcome those challenges to create the next generation of artists, creative thinkers, and healthy community members.
Click here for the full report.
The Santa Cruz County Arts Economy
Learn about Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. When we support the arts, we enhance our quality of life, and we invest in the vitality of the Santa Cruz County economy.
- Generate $38.38 million in total economic activity – $21.84 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $16.54 million in event-related spending by their audiences;
- Support 877 full-time equivalent jobs;
- Generate $22.36 million in household income to local residents; and
- Deliver $5.26 million in local and state government revenue.
More Advocacy Resources & Information
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies offers many advocacy tools.
Americans for the Arts offers one-page, easily distributed research documents to help make the case.
PTA Online Advocacy Toolkit for Parents offers a good template.
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network Advocacy Toolkit is geared towards state leaders but offers a plethora of facts, resources, and how-to’s and online videos to affect local change.