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Theatre Bay Area works with key advocacy organizations, on both the local and national level, to champion arts-positive public policy. We have appeared before governing bodies, at city halls, in Sacramento and in Washington. We've also provided research and advocacy tools to empower theatre artists and supporters to make their own case as they engage their school boards, their city councils, their legislators and their Congressional representatives.

We believe that true community requires active participation. The political landscape is continually shifting, and the arts and arts education rely on the support of invested people like you, who are ready to call a city councilman's office, write a letter to a Senator, collaborate with like-minded people and even bring our voices to Washington, DC.

Current Calls to Action


Speak up! Save the NEA!

With The White House proposing to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, there has never been a more important to make your voice heard!


Attend Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Summit

March 20-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Join Theatre Bay Area leaders, executive director Brad Erickson (Americans for the Arts’ Co-Captain for California) and managing director Rachel Fink, as they gather with hundreds of arts advocates in Washington, D.C. for Americans for the Arts' 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day. Tell our Senators and Congressional representatives that we expect strong federal support for arts and culture, affordable health care, and robust protections for immigrants and civil rights.

Pricing ranges from $125-$375, with special discounts for Individuals and Students.

Click here to learn more and to register for the event.

Ways to Save:

Americans for the Arts offers multiple housing and travel options, including savings on partner hotels and special airline discounts for Arts Advocacy Day meeting attendees.

Click here to learn more about ways to save.

Can’t get to Washington? There are local ways to get involved!

San Francisco Arts Advocacy Day

Tuesday, March 21

Join Arts for a Better Bay Area as they gather artists, arts administrators, cultural producers, and art & cultural ambassadors as we advocate for (1) policy priorities (2) a message of “No Cuts,” and (3) stories about the transformative nature of cultural and creative expression.

Where: Polk Street steps at San Francisco City Hall

When: Tuesday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Click here to R.S.V.P. and to learn more.

Contact State Representatives

Your voice adds power! Take a few minutes to contact your Representative and let them know you support sustained funding for the arts.

Contact The White House

Click here to contact The White House now to lend your support. You can call the comment line at 202-456-1111 or by emailing The White House.