WyAA is the state’s premier arts advocacy organization. Advocacy for the arts and culture involves connecting your knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts to the needs of communities. 

The arts (and culture!) are an economic engine that bring people together. The arts are an important part of improving communities, schools, the health of individuals, and the quality of life for all. Advocacy is the ability to demonstrate to decision-makers how the arts and culture can benefit the community. 

In 2023, WyAA worked with our partners and friends at Wyoming Humanities Council and Ucross to organize the 2023 proclamation for Arts & Humanities. Press play to see Governor Mark Gordon read the 2023 proclamation at the Ucross 40th Anniversary Gala.

We are working hard to bring you the tools you need to talk about the value of culture-based community development, arts education, and grassroots advocacy. Visit the Benefits of the Arts page to view or download information about how the arts benefit different sectors.  You can also download WyAA’s Advocacy Toolkit.

Cultural Recognition Day is WyAA’s annual gathering of arts supporters from across the state. Held during the Wyoming Legislative Session, CRD is another opportunity for training and advocacy education.

The next Cultural Recognition Day will be during the 2024 Legislative Session in February 2024.