2016 TCG National Conference: Visit Capitol Hill!

Capitol Hill Advocacy Training and Visits

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Kick-Off Event and Training at the Folger Theatre


Connect With Your Elected Officials—And Effectively Tell Your Stories!

Update: Hill Visit Webinar Available for Viewing!
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Theatre Communications Group staff hosted a webinar to discuss conducting Hill visits to offices of Members of Congress. The approximately 45-minute webinar was recorded and is available for viewing here. You may also download the webinar slides as a PowerPoint file.

At the time of recording this webinar, 185 registrants for TCG's National Conference (even more than indicated in the webinar slide!) were scheduled to participate in Hill visits on Thursday, June 23.

TCG Executive Director Teresa Eyring provided introductory remarks and statistics; TCG Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action Laurie Baskin presented detailed information and responded to submitted questions.

Hill Visits on TCG's Theatre Advocacy Day: Thursday, June 23, 2016
TCG’s first National Conference in our nation’s capital – during a Presidential election year – offered an exciting opportunity to collectively mobilize around issues that impact our theatres and to speak up on Capitol Hill!

How do we gain the support of our legislators? Why is it important for you to become an advocate for your art, your theatre and our field? Do you know your elected officials or their staffs?

Each year, TCG Member Theatres face an array of public policy issues – threats to tax incentives for charitable giving, white space threats to interference-free operations of wireless microphones used in our theatres, difficulties in obtaining visas for artists from abroad, and threats to funding at all levels.

Cultivating relationships with national decision-makers is crucial to the health of our theatres.

On Thursday, June 23, at 9:00 a.m., TCG hosted a kick-off event at the Folger Theatre at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC. This event featured remarks by a number of Members of Congress, as well as a role-play demonstration on how to conduct Hill visits with your elected officials. There was also an overview of our policy issues and talking points.

Following the kick-off, participants went to pre-arranged Congressional Offices for Hill visits. These Hill appointments allowed participants to tell the story of their theatre to their own elected officials in order to get support on federal issues. Participants were organized into state delegations and went on two or three Hill visits together.

This experience was an important part of the Washington, DC experience. Participants learned how you can stay informed about the issues that affect your theatre at the federal level, and how you can impact policy change. If we want more influence over public policy, we need to actively participate in the process!

Please contact Laurie Baskin at TCG with any questions.

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