As a value-added service to members, Dance/USA will schedule meetings between members and their Congressional delegation throughout the year, either virtual and in-person. Dance/USA will provide background information and talking points, prep members prior to their meetings, and attend members’ meetings in a supportive role. Please contact Dance/USA’s Government Affairs Office at least 2 weeks prior to your availability for a Congressional meeting.
Quick Tips for Congressional Meetings
- Share relevant, personal stories. How has your organization benefited from NEA support? What community partnerships are you engaged in? Did arts education play a role in your childhood? How were you first exposed to the arts?
- Be prepared with talking points. What issues do you want to focus on in your meeting? Does the legislator sit on committees that oversee those issues? Most meetings are brief. Advance preparation will help you speak concisely and effectively.
- Be prepared with leave-behinds. Though many staffers attempt to take detailed notes, a leave-behind outlining your “ask” and reasons for the ask will ensure your message is passed on accurately to the legislator. In addition, feel free to leave a brochure on your organization’s programs and performances.
Relevant Issues Impacting the Dance Community and Arts Sector