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Posted on: Apr 28, 2010

Sign On to the National Arts Education Advocacy Statement

The Arts Education Working Group, a coalition of national arts and arts education advocacy organizations including the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, invites state and local organizations to join the movement to keep the arts in public schools by signing-on to a statement in support of arts education: Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life.
This statement communicates the benefits of arts education to policymakers at all levels.  As federal lawmakers begin the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind), we are reaching out to state and local education supporters, asking you to speak up and help us to keep the arts in public education.

The strong connection between federal law and what students actually learn while they are in school necessitates a coordinated action.  The messages outlined in Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life will communicate the benefits of arts education not only to your senators and members of congress, but also to your school board members, superintendent, and principals. This statement will provide talking points for individuals and organizations that want to make change in Washington and at home. Use the statement when talking with your local education decision-makers, share it with your friends and fellow parents, and post this link to your Facebook page.

This 2010 paper is an update of the 2007 unified statement, which was endorsed by more than 60 national organizations, representing a cross-section of stakeholders in federal education policy, including teachers, parents, administrators, schools, education policymakers, corporations, artists, and arts and community based institutions. The statement has been refreshed to reflect new research and policy.

If you would like to add your state or local organization's name to those already supporting Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life please email Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Coordinator at Americans for the Arts, kengebretsen@artsusa.org. The list of supporting organizations will be updated weekly.