Building Your Arts Education Toolbox and Constructing Your Outreach Plan

An arts education toolbox and outreach plan are two essential elements to effective advocacy efforts. While it is important to regularly connect with elected officials and school board directors, election years are a particularly excellent time to engage your current leaders and candidates and ask them where they stand on arts education.

It is easy and simple to speak out and we have a variety of online resources that can help you get started including fact sheets, talking points, letter templates, research reports and studies, news articles, and tips and advice.

We encourage you to contact us at any time for support, and below are some sample ideas that can help you in your effective advocacy planning:

  • Contact your elected officials/candidates: Write a letter or schedule a meeting at their local district/campaign office.  Remind them that arts education is the law and that Washington’s students must receive the education they have been promised.  Use our talking points to help get you started.
  • Reach out to your school board officials/candidates: Reading your local paper or community blogs can be excellent resources for information and background.  Local Candidate Forums, which are typically held in the local community, are good venues to ask these individuals where they stand on the issue of arts education.  We can help you prepare to connect with your school board.
  • Reach out to other parents: Consider hosting an arts education informational table at a back-to-school event.  You can generally inquire about back-to-school, first-day, or orientation events with the school office or your PTSA.  You can provide arts education fact sheets, information on candidates and school board directors, and ask parents to sign up for ArtsEd Washington’s e-newsletter trACTION.  Contact us to request a sign-up sheet and other arts education materials for your table.
  • Connect with your teachers: Write a letter to your school’s teachers.  Ask them to support learning in the arts for students. If you’re approaching elementary schools, tell the teachers about ArtsEd Washington’s Art Lessons in the Classroom, visual arts curriculum that aligns with state standards and directly supports arts learning in the classroom.
  • Visit with your school principal: Tell them that arts education in school is important to you.  Let them know about opportunities, such as ArtsEd Washington’s Principals Arts Leadership Program, that can help them increase their school’s capacity to provide arts learning to students.
  • Simply show support: Busy schedules and time commitments don’t have to leave you stranded in advocating for arts education.  Help us build a robust membership and support our efforts statewide. Make and investment of any amount and become a member of ArtsEd Washington.  It’s an easy way to make your voice heard and state your commitment to arts education.
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