Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
As a DC inhabitant for the last 9 years (still Indiana resident because my vote matters there), I feel like I should introduce my new home to everyone who just moved here. As a federal employee, there are some things we are used to that many are not. Depending on whom you work for, you could be up for re-election this year. What that means is that you could receive your pink slip tonight from your boss’s constituents. It is not an easy life. And every election results in a crazy sprint to staff the newest member of your party’s office if you want to work on the Hill still or finally deciding maybe I should leave the Hill finally.
For the employees of the rest of the federal government, our fate is up every four years. With each new president comes appointments and starting the security process. Then once someone gets through, they then need to appoint their team. In some cases, people are just getting their ideal teams assembled by the time its election season again. Election season is about more than just the person representing you. It is also about the government at large. Barry’s Blog said it best today when it reminded us to vote and think about our arts nonprofits like the NEH and NEA and their fate.
He makes a great step by step guide to how to advocate for the arts to your new representative, be it Congress, governor or even local election. The best part is that at the end after he has reminded you of the turmoil of elections and the results they have, he makes an excellent and timely plug for a gift to arts advocacy organizations. He has captured our attention, appealed to our emotions, and related to us and now we want to do what we can to help.
I end by asking you to remember something. Tomorrow, that person on the metro next you might have been fired last night. It isn’t an easy morning for DC feds. Give everyone a smile. By January, they could be working for a lobbyist and you want them on the arts’ side.