Begin every conversation with: Thank you for supporting funding for the Maryland State Arts Council over the years. Your support is very important to me/my organization.
Recognize your Legislator and greet with a smile.Don't know your Legislator? We can help. Click here.
Be courteous and friendly. Avoid preaching or lecturing.
Refer to Legislators as 'Senator [Last Name]' or 'Delegate [Last Name]'.
Introduce yourself as a representative or supporter of ____organization, in ___ (City, County).
Be brief and personalize your message. Include anecdotal stories about how programs and public dollars impact real people and Maryland’s and Montgomery County’s economies (click here).
Be sure to Make The Ask for support for Governor O'Malley's proposed budget of $16.2 Million for the Maryland State Arts Council and the $2 million for The Special Fund for the Preservation of the Cultural Arts. Specifically ask for their support. (click here)
Whatever the outcome, be sure to thank the official and his/her assistant/s for their time.
Send a thank you note as a follow-up to your visit.
Enjoy your visit! Use your enthusiasm, smile, and eye contact to keep your Legislators engaged.