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