This week, we’re joining the nationwide celebration of Arts in Education.

In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week.

The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California. The resolution states,”Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.”

In recent years, the scope of Arts in Education Week has expanded to encompass opportunities for lifelong learning in, through and about the arts. Over the course of this week, we’ll be looking at the benefits of arts in education across the aging spectrum.

Today, we kick off Arts in Education Week with some suggestions from our friends at Americans for the Arts:

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. Watch the video and join the celebration!

  1. Celebrate. Host a celebration in your community, whether big or small, an existing event, or a new one. Download and use the shared logo and be sure to register your event on ArtsMeet, a national arts event calendar.
  2. Advocate. Work with your elected officials and decision-makers to share the value of the arts in education. Whether a mayor, principal, or U.S. Congressman, check out sample resolutions and videos, send an op-ed to your local newspaper, and use the Arts Education Navigator—an online tool with six action steps to crafting a personal advocacy plan!
  3. Participate. Share your story in the social media campaign, #BecauseOfArtsEd, to bring national visibility to the issue of arts education. Download their How To Guide and be sure to attend and invite friends to the Facebook Event.


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