Drury Students to Advocate for Arts & Culture in Jefferson City

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 4, 2014 — Fifteen Arts Administration students from Drury University will head to the state capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday to advocate for the arts and participate in the political process.

The students and Drury instructor Leah Hamilton will take part in Citizens’ Day for the Arts, an annual effort put forth by Missouri Citizens for the Arts. They will attend a legislative briefing and meet with lawmakers individually at the Capitol building. They will also attend the Missouri Arts Council’s annual award ceremony that evening.

Drury’s Arts Administration degree is one of only about two dozen such undergraduate programs in the nation, and the trip this week will provide a rare opportunity for college students to engage the political process first-hand.

“I want them to understand that legislators want to hear from the public and their constituents,” Hamilton says. “We want the students to feel like they can be part of the political process, and that their voices do matter.”

The students will speak to legislators about what the arts means to them personally and how the arts contribute to the economy and quality of life in Springfield. Hamilton says it’s a chance for the students to better understand how arts funding fits in with other, competing priorities in Jefferson City.

The trip is made possible by Student Advocates for the Arts, a grassroots student group, with funding support from the university’s Student Government Association.

For more information about the trip and the arts administration program, contact Leah Hamilton, Director of Arts Administration, at (417) 224-1018 or lhamilton@drury.edu.