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

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

Highline School District: Ensuring Equitable Access to Arts Learning

Highline School District continues making progress on their thoughtful and systemic work to ensure equitable provision of arts learning to all students. In recognition of the need to attend to arts education, and in response to concerns raised by parents, Highline Superintendent John Welch established a Superintendent’s Council on the Arts in the fall of

Act now to save the arts in your school district

Over the next few months, school districts across Washington state will be faced with hard decisions on budgets.  While we all hope for positive outcomes, the reality is that cuts are going to happen across a majority of districts.  This is why it is important to ACT NOW to get the message out to your

Arts Education: Making the Case with Legislators

Presented by The Kennedy Center, this article by Janelle Hallett features valuable information for educators on how to approach elected officials through voter and data-driven advocacy strategies. Arts Education: Making the Case with Legislators

Connecting with your School Board

Now is a great time to develop a personal connection to your school district leadership. Your local School Board is responsible for creating policies and setting budget priorities for superintendents and school district staff to implement. They are also elected officials and need and want to hear from their voters about the issues that are

ArtsEd WA’s 2011 Legislative Priorities

ArtsEd Washington 2011 Issue Brief January, 2011 Two current issues substantially impact arts education in K-12 public schools: The WA State Board of Education (SBE) newly adopted graduation requirements. With the current budget deficit, the SBE will not now seek legislation to authorize and fund the newly adopted Washington Career and College-Ready Graduation Requirements that

Arts Education Talking Points

Arts Education Quick Facts Arts education is the law in Washington state. Arts education, as defined by Washington state law, includes five disciplines: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual art. Arts education is not an optional enrichment activity. In accordance with the Basic Education Act, arts education is a mandated core subject and required to