Archives: Advocacy Tools

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

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
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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
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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
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Why Schools With Arts Programs Do Better At Narrowing Achievement Gaps

View research and talking points on the ways in which the arts close the Achievement Gap. Link to PDF: http://www.keepartsinschools.org/School_board/EducationWeek_Commentary_TheArtsEducationEffect.pdf
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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 […]
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Additional Arts Education Facts

The arts boost learning and achievement for students. Link to PDF: http://artsusa.org/pdf/get_involved/advocacy/research/2009/artsed_facts09.pdf
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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 […]
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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
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Workplace Preparedness & the Arts

Business and school leaders see the arts as key to preparing students to be creative workers for the global marketplace. 85 % of surveyed business executives indicated that they are currently having difficulty recruiting individuals who possess creative ability. The demand for creative people will increase as U.S. firms pursue innovation. Link to PDF: http://artsusa.org/pdf/get_involved/advocacy/research/2009/ready_innovate09.pdf
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Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

More research showing how learning in the arts contributes to student achievement and success. Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Critical-Evidence.pdf 
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