Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day is the states premier gathering of art leaders

Arts Advocacy Day is Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave., Cheyenne, WY.

This half-day educational event is your opportunity to gather and learn about important arts issues with Wyoming art organization leaders, community developers and artists.  Your Arts Advocacy Day registration includes a free one-year Silver Membership in the Wyoming Arts Alliance.

Take advantage of this opportunity to belong to Wyoming’s largest statewide arts advocacy organization and register today!





7:30 – 8:30 am  

Arts Advocacy Day Registration, Check-in & Fellowship

Laramie County Library, Lobby & Cottonwood Room

8:30 – 8:45 am 

Opening and Welcome

Wendy Bredehoft – Wyoming Arts Alliance
Mayor Marian OrrCity of Cheyenne

8:45 – 9:30 am

“Creative Conversations – Everyone at the Table”

(Creative Conversations connect your community to a grassroots movement, elevate the arts in community planning, and help alleviate fundamental differences in community development paths. Learn best practices for hosting your own Creative Conversation, including topics, partnerships, and formatting.)

Shannon Smith – Wyoming Humanities Council, Laramie, WY
Amber Simon Power – Power Business Strategies, Cody, WY (Moderator)

9:30 – 10:15 pm

Idea Incubators”

(What kind of place-based incubators work best for developing creative business ideas? From maker-spaces to innovation labs, gathering spots that bring entrepreneurs and other out-of-the-box thinkers together are critical to new creative business development. Hear more from these Wyoming examples.)

Minden Fox – Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY
Jane Crayton – University of Wyoming, Coe Student Innovation Center, Laramie, WY
Spencer Kuzara – Phorge Foundry, Sheridan, WY
Eric Trowbridge – Array, Inc., Cheyenne, WY

10:15 – 10:45 am

Wyoming Legislative Update”

Erin Taylor – Taylor Strategies and Consulting, Cheyenne, WY

10:45 – 11:30 am

“What If They Say No?”

(As creatives, art leaders and policymakers, we face daily rejection and criticism to concepts and initiatives that are meaningful to us. How can we recover from a “no” and continue with enthusiasm?  In this mini-workshop, we will learn strategies and approaches for managing the emotional impact of rejection.)

Stacy Carruth – Casper, WY
Marilyn Mullen – Center for Nonviolent Communication, Casper, WY
Lindsey Grant – Wyoming Arts Alliance (Moderator)

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

“Artists in Politics“

(More arts and culture advocates are looking to make meaningful change in their communities by running for public office. With a strong sense of community pride and enthusiasm, and with deep backgrounds in creative solutions, arts and culture advocates can use their knowledge and passion to succeed in politics.)

Representative Sara Burlingame (HD44) – Cheyenne, WY
Commissioner Natalia Macker – Teton County Commission, Jackson, WY
Councilman Brian Harrington – Laramie City Council, Laramie, WY
Karmen Rossi – Wyoming Arts Alliance (Moderator)

12:15 – 1:30 pm


Laramie County Library, Cottonwood & Willow Rooms

(Discussion about taking ideas learned today and applying arts advocacy tactics)

2:00 pm

Arts Cohort at the Wyoming Legislature

Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W. 24th St., Cheyenne, WY

(Join your Wyoming art peers as we walk to the Wyoming Legislature to be recognized by lawmakers as they open their afternoon session)

Download a printable copy of the Arts Advocacy Day 2020 Schedule.

Register for the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards.  Ticket Sales for GAA have ended!