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Advocacy Resources for Challenging Times

Visualize a World Where Support for the Arts Abounds . . .Take Action!

Have your voice heard in your backyard and on Capitol Hill. As professional art educators, we know and understand the essential value that visual arts education holds for learners. But do others know and understand? Your school leaders? Parents? Your elected representatives? School Board members? Your local media? Who needs to hear your voice? What are the critical legislative issues affecting art education? It's time we bring our knowledge and our voice to art education advocacy!

Advocacy Opportunities
1. Brush up your advocacy skills:

    •    Communicate a clear MESSAGE.
    •    Be VISIBLE to decision makers.
    •    Harness the influence of an advocacy NETWORK.

2. Use the Unified Statement to connect your community to Federal education policy that supports high quality art education. The statement was prepared by NAEA and other national arts education organizations to support the arts in the reauthorization of the ESEA legislation.

3. Work with your state/regional NAEA organization to connect and partner with the Americans for the Arts State Arts Action Network that includes the Kennedy Center’s state Alliances for Arts Education and state citizen arts advocacy groups. 

New to advocacy? View the Advocacy "Basics"


READ: "Leadership in Art Education: Taking Action in Schools and Communities" By Kerry Freedman






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2010 National Scholastic Art Award Recipients Speak Out

"There is NEVER a good time to cut school art and design programs. Artists and designers are the past, present and future.  We are forward thinking individuals.  We make the world a better place through our innovations."—Margaret, Cincinnati, OH

"We need to be on the CUTTING EDGE as the next generation to inherit these big problems.  We need to be able to develop CREATIVE solutions."—Emily, Charleston, SC

"Because my art teacher is AMAZING, I have discovered a career path I never knew existed!"—Joe, St. Petersburg, FL

"The arts have given me a way to SHINE and be recognized in my school and community for my unique talent."—Mary, Livonia, MI

"Art captures things about civilization that a textbook can’t.  Art classes have taught me the story of life, the rise and fall of empires and the history of human emotion."—Windsor, Richmond, VA

 Advocacy "Basics" Resources 
American Alliance of Museums Advocacy Information
Americans for the Arts – Arts Action Center (with links to finding local, state and federal legislator and media contacts)
Arts Education Partnership – The source for research compendia and policy information on the national and state level
Keep Arts in Public Schools – An online community for arts education advocates
Kennedy Center Advocacy Toolkit – A good basic “how to” for effective advocacy
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) (formerly MENC) – Advocacy and Public Policy Resources
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Arts Education