Ways to Advocate for Arts Ed During COVID
Together, we are preparing for a challenging fall and winter as we address COVID, changing holiday plans, financial strains, and the realities of remote learning. For artists, arts educators, and policymakers, there are hard choices on the horizon. That’s why arts advocacy is so important at this moment. Now more than ever we must ensure that young people have the learning opportunities that help them navigate a world full of headwinds.
Arts education is vital! In a time of social isolation and general uncertainty, students need outlets for their imaginations, personal expression, and meaning making. Families and teachers need support. Administrators need to hear what folks care about.
Right now, we need YOUR help. It’s time to ensure that young people benefit from the holistic education they deserve while this crisis continues. We will not give up on our youth. Together, we can make a difference!
Reach out to your principal, superintendent, school board member and:
- Share why arts education matters to you
- Ask about the dedicated arts budget, staffing levels, and weekly instructional minutes
- Remind them that providing an arts education is the law under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and state code
To help equip and connect arts ed advocates, we’re also sharing resources from around the country. Check out the articles below for more.
- The International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University makes a research-based argument for arts ed, especially during COVID, featuring SWPA and our executive director Yael Silk
- Over 50 national organizations launched the Arts Ed Is Essential campaign in the spring
- Americans for the Arts offers this list of questions to ask school- and district-level leaders regarding arts ed
- The National Art Education Association (NAEA) shares this open letter to superintendents, principals, and school board members
Americans for the Arts also has a four-part e-book series on arts advocacy in English and Spanish to help educators, students, and advocates navigate the complex field of arts education.
Stay in touch with us! Share additional resources that we missed and update us on your advocacy efforts. We will be here to support you. Together, we will unlock the transformative power of the arts.