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The Art of Advocacy: Protests, Videos, & Your Local Media

Tim Mikulski

I hate that I have to write this sentence yet again, but I don’t think I can start this entry without stating the very obvious point…

Arts education continues to face budget battles in school districts across the country due to the sagging economy, failing revenue models, and just plain ignorance to the value of music, visual art, dance, and theater to students.

In a recent post, I discussed the use of hyperlocal journalism sites like and local blogs to get the word out about your local programs, but just as valuable can be a good old-fashioned protest, utilizing the talent of the students to get the attention of those types of websites, as well as your friends in the local news media.

Here is a great example of a local news report in Ohio:

This video goes to show you that it doesn’t have to be a flashy protest with chanting and a thousand people outside the superintendent’s office to make an impact.

I’ve posted videos like this that I’ve stumbled across during my news searches, but I’d love to see and post more on ARTSblog so that our site can be used as resource to help arts advocates make their case from Alabama to Wyoming (and beyond).

Please share links to your own videos in the comments below and I’ll post more of these when I can.

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