|Know Your Platform and Enforce Arts and Humanities-Inclusive Language: Whenever other industries are mentioned such as hospitality, restaurants and hotels, the arts and humanities must be included in that discussion and thought process for an equitable recovery. Review Platform Here|
|Make it personal: When talking to local elected officials, tell your story with passion, evocative anecdotes, and solid data. Give examples of your needs, your impact, and the community/individuals you serve|
|Know your reach: How many people did your programs impact before Covid-19? How has that changed? How are you still providing impact throughout the pandemic? How many visitors does your website garner each month? Each year? How will your reach change as you reopen?|
|Understand your value: Be prepared to tell your legislators how you are meeting the needs of Montgomery County’s residents and visitors. Highlight how many children, seniors, adults, residents with disabilities, and/or tourists you serve.
|Present your impact: Realize the economic impact of your organization and how you will help the county-wide economic Recovery. Use the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Calculator from AFTA and frame your comments within the larger Montgomery County economic impact study HERE.