Additional Resources for smARTS

Get the most out of your arts education advocacy efforts by using the following resources in conjunction with our smARTS For Students guide.  Each of these topics provides you with a full and comprehensive approach to making your voice heard, and the tools necessary to make a difference for Washington state students: Build Your Foundation, Cultivate

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

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 has Arts in Education 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

Take 5 with Bellevue’s Interlake Students

As all students involved in the arts will tell you, arts programs provided in and during the school day play an important role in providing outlets to express creativity and find inspiration. In addition, studies have shown that participation in arts programs nurtures critical thinking and complex problem solving abilities, helping students develop the knowledge

Are You Ready for Back to School? How to Pack Your Advocacy Backpack

Amidst severe budget cuts facing education, it is now – more than ever – that Washington state students need your voice. Make your expectation known that the arts, defined as part of the Basic Education Act, are being provided to all students.  Whether you’re new to advocacy efforts, or you’re a seasoned activist, ArtsEd Washington

School’s Out, Advocacy Continues!

Congratulations to the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Council, whose advocacy efforts succeeded in restoring funds to the San Diego Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department.  On June 21, their relationship building and continued advocacy efforts led to a unanimous vote by the board of education that ensured full funding to arts

Building Your Arts Education Toolbox and Constructing Your Outreach Plan

An arts education toolbox and outreach plan are two essential elements to effective advocacy efforts. While it is important to regularly connect with elected officials and school board directors, election years are a particularly excellent time to engage your current leaders and candidates and ask them where they stand on arts education. It is easy

It’s a Win for the Arts in Washington State!

2011: Congratulations to our friends and partners at 4Culture, whose future became ensured with the passing of SB 5834, a bill that allocates public funding for local arts and heritage communities.  For over twenty years, 4Culture has provided support for the visual and performing arts, public art, heritage programs, cultural development of the region, and

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