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

Learning Through the Arts

Learning Through the Arts is a one-minute audio-visual presentation demonstrates the integration of the Arts within a “sophisticated curriculum” and is available in flash. Link: http://www.ltta.ca/flash/English/index.htm

SupportMusic.com

You can find a host of information, including a local advocacy toolkit, support letters from high-ranking federal officials, and other information at www.supportmusic.org. Link: http://www.nammfoundation.org/support-music

Make Your Case Database

This "Make Your Case" database, powered by SupportMusic.com, will help you build a case for your music program when it's threatened. Music education advocates can use the facts, statistics, research, and anecdotes on specific topics for presentations, speeches, and other communications with school board members, administrators, and legislators. Link: http://www.menc.org/supportmusic_cases

No Subject Left Behind

No Subject Left Behind is an older, but still valuable review of how the federal government can fund the arts and offers information on other federal legislation issues and arts education. Link to PDF: http://www.artsusa.org/pdf/no_subject_left_behind.pdf

Community Support for Arts Education

A recent national poll conducted by Lake Research Partners has identified a new and growing constituency of voters in America who advocate building capacities of the imagination in public education.1 This population of self-identified voters will readily and strongly support public education that answers the call for innovation and goes beyond its current focus on

Arts Education & Cognition

Neuroscientists from seven universities across the country used brain imaging studies and behavioral assessments to advance our understanding of the effects of music, dance, and drama education on other types of learning. The findings from their coordinated three-year study suggest that children motivated in the arts develop attention skills and strategies for memory retrieval that

Employability & Arts Education

Nationally, 686,076 arts businesses in the U.S. employ 2.8 million creative workers. Link to PDF: http://artsusa.org/pdf/get_involved/advocacy/research/2009/CI-2009.pdf