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

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

How to Advocate for Arts Education in Summer

Across the nation there are thousands of individuals running for public office - from the state legislator to the President of the United States.  As summer gears up and you prepare for picnics, community parties, and neighborhood gatherings, now is a great time to be an arts education advocate and to ask your local candidates

Additional Resources, Endorsements, and More

The following are more resources to build your advocacy message, including tips from some of our partners, Washington state education laws, and remarks from former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Reaching Out to School Board Members Arts Education: Making the Case with Legislatures has Arts in Education Arts Essential Academic Learning Requirements &

Advocacy Tools, Handouts, and How-To’s

  ArtsEd Washington has developed the following tools with you in mind; these comprehensive "how to's" are easy to use, and ready to share with your fellow advocates. Arts Education Talking Points Building Your Arts Education Toolbox and Outreach Plan Act Now to Save the Arts in Your District Advocacy Tip: Write a Letter Connecting

Archived Arts Education Month Materials

2016 Proclamations & Resolutions Governor Inslee's Arts Education Month Proclamation ArtsEd Washington Arts Education Month Resolution Arts Education Month Proclamation from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Arts Education Month Proclamation from Washington State Arts Commission Bethel Public Schools Arts Education Month Proclamation City of Bainbridge Island Arts Education Proclamation 2015 Proclamations & Resolutions

Reaching Out to School Board Members

The Kennedy Center provides research and practical strategies for teachers to engage and encourage their school board towards keeping arts in the classroom.  Learn how certain school districts are able to sustain strong arts education programs and why through a supportive school board, that seeks to cultivate a creative environment in the classroom, is a

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

Obama Administration Provides Blueprint for Education Reform

The Obama administration released its blueprint to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which will help ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and a career.  This blueprint builds on the significant reforms around four areas, including: Improvement of  teacher/principal effectiveness Providing tools and information to families that will help them evaluate their