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

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

National Endowment for the Arts Releases New Study: the Value of the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a new report that measures the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities, organizational revenue and expenses, and direct consumer spending.  Key findings of Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities include: The U.S. performing

Open Letter to Washington’s School Directors

Every Student.  Every School. May 17, 2011 Dear School Board President, This month, schools and districts across the state celebrate Arts Education Month.  On behalf of ArtsEd Washington, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you for your leadership and commitment to education. We appreciate the hard work and dedication