Virtual Capitol Hill Week

Virtual Capitol Hill Week

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Here’s your chance to take your theatre education advocacy directly to Washington – virtually. Join in EdTA’s Virtual Capitol Hill Week March 22-26 and meet with the elected officials who are shaping federal policies and legislation that impact education in your state. This event is part of the Arts ARE Education campaign’s Arts Education Capitol Hill Month.

Register for free to receive the legislator information you’ll need to participate. Use the resources below to plan your visits and make your advocacy count.


March Training Sessions

These webinars will help you prep for your virtual trip to the Hill. They are available to view below. Also check out the Arts Education Hill Month Kickoff Town Hall March 2 at 5 p.m. ET.


Going to the Hill:
Everything You Need to Get Ready

Jim Palmarini and Lynn Tuttle

Meeting with your legislators can be inspiring but also a bit intimating. You will need to prepare your advocacy, be mindful of time constraints, and, this year, ready to adapt to virtual meeting protocols. Attend this comprehensive session to learn the purpose of Capitol Hill Week, the process of scheduling a meeting with your Congressperson, and our 2022 legislative requests.

Download the Webinar Slides (PDF)

Student Advocacy:
Make the Case for Theatre Education with TIOS

International Thespian Officers

The structures of government may be complex but advocating for change is plain and simple. Come listen and learn how to advocate for theatre education on a local, state, and national level as a student. You’ll hear ideas to tie your advocacy to Theatre in Our Schools month and how to extend your advocacy by participating in the Arts ARE Education campaign.

Advocacy Leadership Network Panel:
Tips & Q&A

Michael Daehn, Helen Duranleau-Brennan, and Sharon Chadwick

In this informal panel, here’s your chance to hear from EdTA Advocacy Leadership Network Capitol Hill veterans and to ask them questions about what a typical (or not so typical) meeting with your Senate or House legislator might be like.


Office hours

Need one-on-one help while getting ready for your visits? Reach out to these veteran advocates. The dates and times here — presented in Eastern time and each advocate's own time zone — are when you'll get the most prompt response, but you are welcome to email them anytime.

Dates/Times Advocate Email
Monday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. ET Michael Daehn, Indiana ALN rep
Tuesday, March 16, 8-10 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. MT Zach Schneider, Wyoming ALN rep

Wednesday, March 17, 7-9 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. CT

Teri Turner, Missouri ALN rep

Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat, Kansas ALN rep

Thursday, March 18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET

Jim Palmarini, EdTA Advocacy and Policy Advisor

Friday, March 19, 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT

Sharon Chadwick, Nevada ALN rep



your capitol hill toolkit

Start putting your plans in motion with our Five Steps to Success: Setting Your Hill Appointments. We recommend reaching out to your legislators' offices the week of March 15-19 to set an appointment for the week of March 22-26.

Then download these materials to create your virtual “leave behind” packet for your legislators and staff.

Advocacy Help

Advocacy Help

Have an advocacy need or a question? Wondering about policy, legislation, or issues in your region, state, or district? We’ll connect you to an advocate.