Advocacy on behalf of the creative sector here in the Pikes Peak region is one of the Cultural Office’s primary duties. Whether we’re talking to local stakeholders in an informal setting, or making a formal presentation to elected officials or local business leaders, it’s always important to make a strong case for the importance of arts & culture in our community. Thanks to the most current Arts & Economic Prosperity study (AEP5), we all have access to impressive statistics that can be used to help make our case for the economic impact of our sector. Data gathering for AEP6 will begin in 2022, and the new study results will be released the following year.
The Cultural Office works regularly with Colorado Springs-based Citizens Project to include questions about arts & culture in their candidate questionnaires at the local and state levels. This effort will help to keep the creative sector on the minds of those running for elected office, and will provide a starting point for future conversations about the important role that arts & culture play in “quality of life” for area residents and in the growth and sustainability of our regional economy.
Thanks to a close working relationship with Leadership Pikes Peak, the Cultural Office has an ongoing opportunity to speak about the importance of arts & culture to participants in the their Signature Program, the Leadership NOW! Program (a young professionals leadership program), the Leadership Encore Program (a leadership program for seniors), the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative, and the Experience the Springs Program.
Our executive director and deputy director are also available to speak to area business and community groups (like Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, Fort Carson Military Spouses, Latino Luncheon, Funders’ Forum etc.) to articulate the Cultural Office’s mission and programming initiatives in the Pikes Peak region, and to help communicate the important role that arts and creativity play in building vibrant and economically sustainable communities. For more information, or to arrange a presentation for your organization or community group, please email andy@CulturalOffice.org, or call 719-634-2204.
To learn how you can become a more effective arts advocate, please visit our Advocacy Toolkit.