"The Collective Voice for Cultural Organizations in Michigan"

Cultural Advocacy Network Webinar Series

Tapping the Power of Personal Stories for your Advocacy

with special guest John Capecci 

July 21st

 2 PM

This webinar will lead participants through the Living Proof Advocacy approach to using personal stories for advocacy. It offers developmental exercises to explore connections between lived experiences and advocacy goals, and provides a “blueprint” to develop advocacy talks.

Presenter Bio: John Capecci is a coach, consultant and writer who has helped hundreds of nonprofits and corporations do award-winning work that touches hearts and turns heads. A frequent speaker on the power of personal storytelling, John excels at helping mission-driven organizations hone their messaging and create powerful advocates to support those messages with their stories.


The cultural organizations in Michigan and across the country have faced unprecedented losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many of these organizations will not be able to open their doors again once we begin to return to normalcy.  It is more important then ever that we advocate for funding to support these programs with our state legislators.   They are going to be making decisions on which programs will receive funding for fiscal year 2021 in the next couple of months.  It is very important that they hear from you about importance of our cultural organizations. 


The Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs is the state of Michigan’s primary support organization for the arts and cultural community. The Council is dedicated to maintaining and growing Michigan’s rich cultural resources. The Michigan legislature appropriated $10,150,000 for the Michigan of Arts and Cultural Affairs was appropriated in the FY19-20 budget.  This money helped to fund over 1000 programs in 79 counties across the state. 


Arts and culture contribute powerfully to the vibrancy of Michigan cities and communities by creating great places to live, work and visit, that attract talent and business investment. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that arts and cultural production accounts for nearly $14 million and 2.8% of the Michigan economy contributing 130,400 jobs.


Please email your legislator to ask them to support the funding for the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs in the Fiscal Year 2021.


We hope you and your families are managing well and doing your best to

stay safe and healthy during this uncertain time.  



2021 Cultural Advocacy Network  Advocacy Day!

March 17, 2021

Details to follow


Cultural Advocacy Network

313 E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue

Lansing, MI 48906