The following tools are intended to support your efforts to show up and speak out.

CORNERSTONES OF CREATIVE CAPACITY

A SNAPSHOT OF THE STATE OF THE ARTS Cornerstones of Creative Capacity (C3) is a research project designed to support equity in arts education by (1) identifying the current arts education infrastructure reality in school districts throughout King County, Washington and (2) determining infrastructure essentials to sustain arts education as defined

School Board Survey Results 2017

Board Candidate Surveys are ready! Just look for your district and any candidates who completed the survey are hyperlinked. No link in your district? That means your candidates didn't respond and it is a GREAT opportunity for you to check out the smARTS arts education guide. Begin the conversation with your school board about the supporting The Arts, a

2 Minute Art Activism

  So, you want to change the world. You want to have your school board candidates listen up and support the arts. You want to take action! But you’ve never done it before....and you only have two minutes. Just follow these easy steps and you will be on your way. Find your candidate’s email address.

School Board Candidates Survey on the Arts is Live!

School Boards hold the key to arts education Candidates- Take the Survey Voters- Find Your Candidate With hundreds of Washington school board positions up for election this fall, voters have a critical opportunity to select leaders who are committed to providing the high quality, sequential arts learning that every student deserves to develop vital 21st-century

Public Comments Sought for State Education Plan

OSPI has released the Revised ESSA Consolidated Plan (and a summary document), which is the report our state is required to make to the U.S. Department of Education to define Washington State’s approach to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan has a strong focus on accountability goals and metrics, and how OSPI will

Help Shape Washington State’s New Education Plan!

If you support maintaining and strengthening arts education in Washington State’s K-12 schools, your voice is needed now! The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in December 2015. It’s the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Washington State’s ESSA Consolidated Plan Draft is the document that outlines how Washington intends to

Arts Education Roadshow: Take & Go Slide Presentation

Presenting to your school board or other arts education decision-makers can be easy! Just download and go!   If you're interested in advocating for arts education in the schools in your community, but don't know where to start, START HERE. Talking to your school board and other decision-makers about the importance of arts education is

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education

Research on how America's future relies on students receiving a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. "America's global stature, culture of innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit depend on the strength of a world-class education system." Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Preparing-Students-for-the-Next-America-FINAL.pdf

Additional Resources for smARTS

Get the most out of your arts education advocacy efforts by using the following resources in conjunction with our smARTS For Students guide.  Each of these topics provides you with a full and comprehensive approach to making your voice heard, and the tools necessary to make a difference for Washington state students: Build Your Foundation, Cultivate

Sign Up to Receive the smARTS Handbook!

ArtsEd Washington and the Washington state PTA have partnered to create a cutting-edge arts education advocacy handbook for parents and families. A resource for those seeking the best ways to help improve their child's education, parents will learn why the arts are a vital component of a complete education.  Be among the first to receive