Advocacy Made Simple
January 13, 2016
Communicate a clear MESSAGE.
- The message is the answer to the question: “Why is learning in the visual arts essential to education in the 21st century?”
- Use data.
- Tell compelling personal stories.
- Tap into your NETWORK’s values and concerns.
- Make your message VISIBLE.
(HINT: NAEA has developed key messages including the overall theme of Learning in A Visual Age)
- Make an advocacy plan.
- Get out of the art room/studio and into the community with your MESSAGE.
- Capitalize on the “visual” part of the visual arts.
- Show your NETWORK what visual literacy, 21st century college and career readiness, and engaged learning look like through exhibitions, media stories and community events.
(HINT: The work and “voices” of your students are the most compelling.)
Activate an Advocacy NETWORK.
- Identify and build an advocacy network. Action requires committed people. Include media, legislators, education decision makers and parents.
- Work with your state/regional NAEA organization to partner with your state Alliance for Arts Education affiliate and your state’s arts advocacy citizens group.
- Communicate your MESSAGE to your network.
- Leverage your network to impact policy and budget.
- Keep your network engaged by being VISIBLE.
- Activate your network in times of crisis.
(HINT: A parent network can be your most effective advocacy tool. Think social networking.)