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Speak Up For the Arts In Schools!

Sign On to the National Arts Education Advocacy Statement

The Arts Education Working Group, a coalition of national arts and arts education advocacy organizations including the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, invites state and local organizations to join the movement to keep the arts in public schools by signing-on to a statement in support of arts education: Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life.

This statement communicates the benefits of arts education to policymakers at all levels.  As federal lawmakers begin the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind), we are reaching out to state and local education supporters, asking you to speak up and help us to keep the arts in public education.

The strong connection between federal law and what students actually learn while they are in school necessitates a coordinated action.  The messages outlined in Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life will communicate the benefits of arts education not only to your senators and members of congress, but also to your school board members, superintendent, and principals. This statement will provide talking points for individuals and organizations that want to make change in Washington and at home. Use the statement when talking with your local education decision-makers, share it with your friends and fellow parents, and post this link to your Facebook page.

This 2010 paper is an update of the 2007 unified statement, which was endorsed by more than 60 national organizations, representing a cross-section of stakeholders in federal education policy, including teachers, parents, administrators, schools, education policymakers, corporations, artists, and arts and community based institutions. The statement has been refreshed to reflect new research and policy.

If you would like to add your state or local organization's name to those already supporting Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life please email Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Coordinator at Americans for the Arts, kengebretsen@artsusa.org. The list of supporting organizations will be updated weekly.

To date the following organizations have signed on in support of Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life:

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
California Alliance for Arts Education
Education Policy and Leadership Center
The National Education Task Force
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Ohio Music Education Association
Arts Wisconsin
South Milwaukee Music Parents
South Milwaukee Rocket Marching Band
ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts
ArtsEd Washington (Washington Alliance for Arts Education)
Appalachian Education Initiative
Monongalia Arts Center
Parkersburg Art Center
The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Washington State Arts Commission
West Virginia Art Education Association
West Virginia Music Educators Association
West Virginia Coalition for Arts Education
West Virginia Thespians
West Virginia Secondary Dance Alliance
Seattle Arts & Lectures 
Randolph County Community Arts Center
Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation
Mississippi Department of Education<
ArtsGeorgia, Inc.
National Visual Artists Guild