The U.S. House of Representatives has just created an annual September Arts in Education Week, which this year will be September 12th-18th. This is an opportunity for orchestras to amplify their ongoing national and local advocacy efforts to advance arts education as a core academic subject in our schools. The League will be working with our partner organizations to create visibility for this national advocacy effort. We realize it is short notice this year, but here are a few suggestions for how you can help in your community:
- Check with teachers, PTA leaders, school board members, and other school leaders to learn how your orchestra can support arts education in your schools.
- Seek opportunities for leaders of your orchestra (music director, musicians, executive director, board leaders, and others) to speak on behalf of in-school music education in the local press, at school board meetings, and in other public settings.
- Review (and sign onto!) the League’s statement of common cause, Orchestras Support In-School Music Education. We will be publically promoting this statement during Arts in Education Week—you won’t want your orchestra to be left off the list of more than 200 orchestras that have signed on!
Thanks for helping! For more information about Arts in Education Week, go to the Arts Education Partnership’s special hub at http://www.aep-arts.org/artsineducationweek.html.
Posted August 20, 2010