YOUR VOICE COUNTS! YOUR EVIDENCE COUNTS!
YOUR STORIES COUNT! YOUR LETTERS COUNT!
ADVOCATE FOR ARTS EDUCATION & CREATIVITY IN THE LIFE OF EVERY YOUNG PERSON!
Courtesy of “Preparing Students for the Next America”: The Benefits of an Arts Education, from the Arts Education Partnership. The complete publication is available at: www.aep-arts.org
The NH Arts Learning Network encourages all New Hampshire citizens to be actively involved in the democratic process. These resources provide tips and tools for effectively advocating for the arts on a local, state, and national level. The NH Arts Learning Network envisions an America where every young person has access to—and takes part in—high-quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. We believe that learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever changing diverse and global economies of today’s world. If you are a passionate believer and advocate for the arts in a complete and competitive education, what can you do next?
Here are a few ways to secure an arts education for every child:
*Stay informed – Follow education efforts in your local media, learn about local arts education offerings and the position of arts education in school and municipal budgets, and continue to explore the research. You can find current research at: www.ArtsEdSearch.org
*Connect with others – Attend school board meetings and community forums, set up meetings with state, school, and city leaders, find out what is important to local stakeholders, and identify groups with like-minded goals. Send us your photos and stories about the impact of arts learning on your students, children and young people. Working together will result in greater strategic and collective impact.
*Get involved – Share this bulletin, website and information with state, school and community leaders, join parent and other community groups, lead public discussions, make presentations at school board or city council meetings, and, in general build a dialogue on the significance of the arts to a complete and competitive education.
*Tie it all together – Identify public policy goals that are supported by research and work with state and community leaders to ensure that they are enacted.
New Hampshire Current Arts Education Policies: http://www.nhartslearningnetwork.org/Policy/tabid/357/Default.aspx
New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts is a membership organization that advocates for public support of the arts in our state:
NATIONAL ADVOCACY RESOURCES
Note: In general, the NH Arts Learning Network plans to focus its advocacy work at the grassroots level. Check back for our Arts in the Schools Month campaign and for resources and information to help you make the case for arts education in your community.
Click here to download the Kennedy Center Arts Education Network Arts Education Advocacy Toolkit.
Click here to access ArtsEdSearch, a clearinghouse of arts education research created by the Arts Education Partnership.
Click here to access NASAA's State Policy Brief--Why Should Government Support the Arts?
Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Network: provides advocacy, resources, research, partnerships, and professional development. The "Arts Education Navigator" is a useful resource for identifying different roles and responsibilities in arts education delivery - See more here.
The Arts Education Partnership, a division of the Council of Chief State School Officers, is dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America. A national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, cultural, government, business and philanthropic organizations, AEP was created in 1995 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Dept. of Education and is administered by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. AEP created ArtsEdSearch.org – the nation’s first clearinghouse of research examining the mounting body of evidence on the benefits of an arts education. www.ArtsEdSearch.org
The Kennedy Center: Any Given Child: This initiative of The Kennedy Center provides community and school based tools for measuring access to arts education including a school arts map template and community survey instruments.
The National Endowment for the Arts: Arts Ed Publications offers a listing of major research and advocacy publications for arts education:.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) offers many tips and tools for arts advocacy, in addition to publications and research. You can find arts education publications here.