smARTS For Students: Show Your Support

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newest arts education advocacy tool, smARTS for Students: An Arts Education Guide for Parents & Families. As Washington state's leading arts education organization, we work tirelessly to bring you the highest quality programs and resources available, so that your advocacy efforts are successful, and your children can engage

How to Advocate for Arts Education in Summer

Across the nation there are thousands of individuals running for public office - from the state legislator to the President of the United States.  As summer gears up and you prepare for picnics, community parties, and neighborhood gatherings, now is a great time to be an arts education advocate and to ask your local candidates

Advocacy Tip: Be Part of the Solution

"Far too often...policymakers receive the message of what not to do. While there is value in saying "don’t cut this program," it’s only one side of the equation.  What do you want policymakers to do?" Writes Executive Director Danielle Brazell in her blog post from Arts for LA, Why Being "In the Solution" Matters. Echoing

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

Additional Resources, Endorsements, and More

The following are more resources to build your advocacy message, including tips from some of our partners, Washington state education laws, and remarks from former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Reaching Out to School Board Members Arts Education: Making the Case with Legislatures dosomething.org has Arts in Education Supportmusic.com Arts Essential Academic Learning Requirements &

Advocacy Tools, Handouts, and How-To’s

  ArtsEd Washington has developed the following tools with you in mind; these comprehensive "how to's" are easy to use, and ready to share with your fellow advocates. Arts Education Talking Points Building Your Arts Education Toolbox and Outreach Plan Act Now to Save the Arts in Your District Advocacy Tip: Write a Letter Connecting

Up For Discussion: the Future of Arts Education

“People see the arts as entertainment or a fringe benefit, but they don’t see them as being critical to our children’s future,” said the moderator of a recent panel discussion held at Art Center Sarasota.  Topics discussed included the value of a solid arts curriculum in programs and schools, as well as various studies that

What’s Arts Education Month & What’s My Role?

Arts Education Month is a special opportunity in Washington state to publicly spotlight the critical role of arts learning in a complete and balanced education, and demonstrate the value of arts education to elected officials and school boards. We cannot define a complete education without the arts. In a world where innovation and creativity are

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