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5 Tips on Preparing for the Public Officials Breakfast

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Our 3rd Annual Art and Culture Public Officials Breakfast is quickly approaching! We are excited to be having this year’s breakfast on June 16th at the Cleveland Institute of Art! As we are getting ready for the breakfast we were thinking it might be beneficial to the arts and culture community to share some of our thoughts on what you could do and think about as the breakfast gets closer. We understand that it can be difficult to know how to approach a public official, so here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the Public Officials Breakfast.

  1. Be sure to look up your public officials if you don’t already know who they are. We have a resource on our website for finding local elected officials and Ohio Citizens for the Arts has a resource on their website for finding state and federal elected officials.
     
  2. Encourage your public officials to attend by writing letters or making phone calls to them explaining the importance of the breakfast.
     
  3. Check CPAC’s website to see which public officials will be attending the breakfast
    • If your public official is attending, think about what you would like to share with them. This could include information about the impact the arts/your arts and culture organization has had on your community, educational institutions and the public official’s constituents. Also be prepared to listen to your public officials and talk to them about what they need and what they are doing in your city/district/state etc.
    • This event can still be beneficial to you and your community even if your public official isn’t attending because it will allow you the opportunity to build meaningful connections with public officials and other arts and culture attendees. It will also allow you to share with public officials what is going on in your arts community and also introduce them to your arts and culture organization.
       
  4. Think of different ways your public official could engage with your organization, whether that’s by them visiting your organization, receiving emails and/or mailings from your organization, getting involved in an event, etc.
     
  5. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!!

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