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Help Pass Oregon’s First Ever “Equitable Access to Arts Education Task Force”

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It has been a busy session and I wanted to start by saying: Thank you! We have asked you to show up and speak up, over and over this year. We know there are so many pressing issues right now in our communities, in our legislature and in our nation’s Capitol. Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to continue to participate. Your voice, your story, your support for arts and culture in Oregon makes a difference. Which is why I am asking for your help once again– to shake a bill loose from committee that will advance discussions in support of equitable access to arts education.

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition worked with stakeholders this session to propose legislation to better understand who has access to an arts education in Oregon schools; identify barriers to access and recommend changes needed to encourage access to the arts within a well-rounded education. We are excited to report that SB 313, which creates Oregon’s first ever Task Force on Equitable Access to Arts Education has had a public hearing in the Oregon Senate and was moved to the Joint Ways and Means Committee for funding.

This is great progress, but since that time, the bill has stalled in committee. We have heard from leadership that the Arts Education Task Force may get lumped in with other, more expensive, task forces and left to languish in committee without further action. We have a brief window of time to get this legislation moving again. Please take a moment to send a pre-written note to the members of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, or send a personalized message of your own, encouraging them to allow the bill to move forward.

Access to a quality arts education is central to a well-rounded education; raises graduation rates; lowers absenteeism; bolsters test scores and improves educational outcomes for low income and marginalized students.

Oregon’s first ever Task Force on Equitable Access to Arts Education would be made up of legislators, school leaders, parents, arts education providers, arts funders and teachers. This task force represents a first step toward improving access to arts education in Oregon, but without advocacy this bill won’t make it out of committee. We need advocacy now.

If you believe an arts education is important to a well-rounded, whole child education I hope you will take a moment to send a note to Members of the Joint Ways and Means Committee encouraging them to allow the bill to move.

With appreciation,
Christine Drazan
Executive Director

P.S. The legislation which creates the Equitable Access to Arts Education Task Force can be found here. To find out which arts disciplines are offered in your school district check here.

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