Advocacy Training for the Arts

Advocacy Training for the Arts

50 O’Connor Street
6th Floor
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This hands-on advocacy training is designed to develop a community of advocates for the National Capital Region’s cultural sector. This program will provide participants with the information and tools to connect individual and organizational needs with collective advocacy. The training will develop confidence and messaging so that a network of advocates can use their greatest asset - their voice -  to drive the cultural sector forward.  

This program is designed for artists, arts administrators, and supporters with limited or no advocacy experience, who are interested in building their skills.

Please note: The Ottawa Arts Council and Global Public Affairs are dedicated to keeping our participants safe and providing the best training possible, so have decided to postpone this workshop due to the current situation with COVID-19. Updates will be distributed through the Council’s social media channels and e-blasts. 

Participants will learn

  • Political and policy processes and stakeholders 
  • General advocacy skills and strategic advocacy messaging including:  
    • How to leverage local data and stories for broad impact
    • How to ensure advocacy issues and messaging align with what officials are willing to support
    • How to build relationships with key stakeholders (such as your MP)

The day will include the following

  • Advocacy 101 presentation, focused on the Canadian political climate and policy processes 
  • Interactive workshops with current political staff and officials
  • Advocacy toolkit with practical templates 


Training will take place through one full day training on April 15th 2020, and three follow-up touch points throughout the year to update participants on the current political climate and changes in arts policy. 

Training will be led by the Cultural Industries team at Global Public Affairs, with knowledge contributions from CARFAC National. 


Interested participants are asked to contact Sharon Diamond,, to verify their eligibility. 

Project funding

Provided by Ottawa Community Foundation.