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Saving Arts Education: “It builds a sense of community. I think it just makes well-rounded students”

Upon hearing that the York City School District School Board in Pennsylvania was considering eliminating art, music, guidance counselors, and some sports to help balance the budget, arts education supporters rallied for the cause. They even had band members play outside of the meeting deciding their fate. This is exactly the type of simple advocacy […]

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Beyond the Headlines: LA’s Arts Advocacy Success

Many of you have seen the headlines about the proposed total elimination of the elementary arts program in our country’s second largest school district—Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). And many of you probably saw the star-studded headlines about the postponement of that decision during the February 14 school board meeting. Well, here is the […]

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Beyond Letter Writing & Phone Calls: Relationship-Based Arts Education Advocacy

Over the last few years, I’ve blogged here about our arts education advocacy efforts in San Diego with the San Diego Unified School District. I am the co-founding chair of the San Diego Alliance for Arts Education (SDAAE) which officially launched in May 2010 (although our collective grassroots advocacy work began a year earlier). As […]

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A Whole New World: Arts Education Advocacy As A Parent

My husband and I are now expecting our first child. With both of us being arts educators, we feel like we’re in a good position to help our child experience the arts. In fact, the little one has already been to see shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. (During the production of Pirates of Penzance […]

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The Top 10 Ways to Support Arts Education

This week I got an email from someone concerned about the budget cuts to arts education and inquiring about what they could do to help keep the arts in schools. In the spirit of my colleague Randy Cohen’s popular post (Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts), I am presenting my own: The Top 10 […]

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Arts Education Advocacy Success in Sunny San Diego

For those of you who were able to attend our local arts education advocacy session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, you know all about the work of the San Diego Alliance for Arts Education. For those that couldn’t make it to San Diego a few weeks ago, the Alliance was created as […]

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Bringing Arts Education Home – San Diego Style

Just as I’m preparing for a convention session about how attendees can create their own local arts education advocacy networks based on a model we’ve been using in San Diego and throughout California, I get word from a key district decision maker about their need for some information that may help them take some critical […]

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