Take Action During Arts in Education Week - (September 14, 2010)

Take Action During Arts in Education Week
Washington, D.C. - Join with arts advocates throughout the country to raise your voice during Arts in Education Week, September 12-18, 2010. The U.S. House of Representatives has designated the second week of September as national Arts in Education Week, beginning this year. This is an opportunity for orchestras to step up year-round advocacy efforts and to ask their Members of Congress to enact policy reforms that will improve access to a complete arts education for all students. 
Ask Congress to Support Arts Education
The League plays a leading role along with a broad range of national arts and education organizations, including the Performing Arts Alliance, in seeking major improvements for arts in education programs, research, policies, and national data collection at the U.S. Department of Education. Together, the arts community has written federal legislative recommendations and a national policy statement, Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life, explaining how the arts can improve teaching and learning. As Congress moves toward reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and makes annual funding decisions, it is more important than ever not only to keep arts education as a core academic subject of learning, but to actually implement it as one.

Contact Congress Today! 
Orchestras Play Their Part At Home
The majority of key education policy decisions are made at the state and local level. Speak up in your community during Arts in Education Week and year-round to improve the status of arts education. More than 200 orchestras nationwide have endorsed a statement of common cause, Orchestras Support In-School Music Education, which reflects their commitment to take individual, community-specific action to improve access to music education in schools. View the statement and accompanying advocacy tips and tools to help make the case for improving access to music education for every child.

Join in Supporting Arts Education In Our Schools


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The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America