How Can I Get Involved In Arts Education Month?

As a valued arts education advocate, we invite YOU to help raise awareness for Arts Education Month!

Arts Education Month is a time to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that the arts play in a student’s education and life.  Join the celebration by helping promote it using these marketing listings, and call your community to action!  Share these by including them in an e-newsletter, blog post, website, Facebook or  Twitter post, local newspaper, and more.

General Short Marketing Listing:

Mark your calendars!  May is Arts Education Month in Washington state – a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students.  Arts Education Month recognizes the creative endeavors taking place in our schools and it’s a time to show the community how the arts are making a difference in education. Visit to access the Arts Education Month toolkit and find out more about how you can join in the statewide campaign celebrating arts learning in action.

General Long Marketing Listing – with hyperlinks:

Mark your calendars!  May is Arts Education Month in Washington state – a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students.  Arts Education Month recognizes the creative endeavors taking place in our schools and it’s a time to show the community how the arts are making a difference in education.

This is why we, together with ArtsEd Washington, invite you to join the statewide campaign celebrating arts learning in action. You can show your support by:

  • Requesting a resolution* from your city or school board
  • Attending public performances, art exhibits, and classroom presentations at local schools
  • Encouraging local school district leaders and elected officials to see arts learning in action
  • Sharing information about special student arts events, encouraging your community to see first-hand how the arts are positively impacting schools and students

Arts Education Month is also your own personal opportunity make a commitment to arts education:

  • Learn about the issues and how the arts are critical to student success
  • Request the arts be put on the agenda and funded in your community
  • Serve as a community voice, sharing the importance of the arts in school

By working together, we can ensure all students in every school have access to learning in the arts.

Visit to access the Arts Education Month toolkit, learn more about the issues, and find out how you can get involved.

*Be sure to share your signed resolution with ArtsEd Washington so it can be posted on their website!  Email it to

For more ways to get involved in Arts Education Month, view our Arts Education Month Toolkit.

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      Contact: Laurie Utterback | (206) 441-4501


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