Now is the perfect time to set up a meeting with your State Senator or State Representative to share your stories, concerns and legislative priorities. Not sure where to start?
Please find below a combination of recommended "asks" based on combined input from the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan and Creative Michigan Advocate:
Include the arts + creative industries as a sector within Michigan boards, commissions and agencies including the MEDC Executive Committee, MI Workforce, MI State Board of Education and the MI Department of Health & Human Services.
Request appointment of one arts + creative industries and one nonprofit expert to serve on regional decision making panels assigned to review and distribute all state grants including emergency relief funds.
Introduce legislation to change or add tax-based funding resources for the arts + creative industries.
Support the Michigan Arts & Culture Council - request to restore funding to its previous level at $30 million.
Reintroduce legislation that solidifies art therapy as an integrative mental health services profession by requiring licensure and/ or credentialing to afford this field the same protections as all medical services.
There are a plethora of other asks; these are simply provided as suggestions to get you started. Please reach out to us with questions or advocacy suggestions.
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