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Arts in Education Week

A National Spotlight for Arts Education

In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

View the HR275 Arts in Education Week Resolution

Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. You can read statements made by congressmen on the House floor regarding arts education.

In May of 2011, arts education was again given a national spotlight with the release of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools.

The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers.

Happy Arts in Education Week: What You Need to Know
From yesterday through Saturday, celebrate, advocate, and participate through activities nationally and in your community. Use #ArtsEdWeek on social media to tell the rest of the country what you are up to! Keep up to date at For a full listing of professional development activities, click here!

The Arts Education Navigator Advocacy Tool Is Now Live!
Do you believe in the transformative power of arts education? The Arts Education Navigator will help you transform your passion into action. Follow this six-step process to move from simple supporter to empowered advocate! Don't forget to add your story or see what others have done by using #ArtsEdAdvocacy! With more than 300 contributors and more than 175 partner organizations, the Arts Education Navigator is your connection to the tools and resources you need to make the case for arts education!

Arts Education Is on Huffington Post
Check out the latest stories from Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch about his own celebration of National Arts in Education Week.

Also, check out Americans for the Arts' blog salon on the topic of ESEA Reauthorization on ARTSblog. More than 25 authors will be discussing the impact on the many sectors of the arts education field throughout the week.

Petition to Support Arts in Historic Federal Education Overhaul
With legislation passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, this month, a select congressional conference committee has begun work to reconcile the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) into a final piece of legislation that President Obama will sign to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Combined, the two bills contain 13 arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject which is a key legislative priority. Sign the national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice your support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the education reform bill! Sign now!

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