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

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 […]
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AEM 2011: Sample Decision-Maker Invitation

Use this letter to invite decision-makers to watch “arts learning in action.”
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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
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Celebrating Arts Education in the Holidays

The holidays offer ideal opportunities for arts education advocacy efforts as schools present their concerts, performances, and more. This is your chance to spread some holiday cheer and raise awareness of the importance of arts programs for every student in your school. Below are some ideas to help get you started in your efforts. Have […]
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DoSomething.org has Arts in Education

The Arts are usually the first thing to go when a school faces budget cuts. Are these programs too important to lose? Visit the Arts in Education page on DoSomething.org to learn more.
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Advocacy Tip: Write a Letter

This ArtsEd Washington Advocacy Tip is based on material from the Advocacy Committee of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, of which ArtsEd Washington is a member. It’s time to get started on a new year of advocating for arts education. Our state’s Legislative Session is just around the corner, which means right […]
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Action Alert: US Senate Vote on Nov. 29th

Dear WA Arts and Arts Education Advocates, While we know your are busily preparing for your Thanksgiving holiday, we felt it was important to communicate this important update on the elimination of funding that will impact arts programs. The Senate is set to vote on an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Monday, November […]
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