10 Awesome Advocacy Resources for Art Education

Are you looking for data, research, quotes or other arts education advocacy materials?  Check out the options listed below. Listed are 10 spectacular resources for almost anything you would need to advocate for your arts education program. Bookmark them, print them, Pin them. Get inspired!

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1. Iowa Alliance for Arts Education – This organization is made up of many groups working together to increase, “awareness, recognition and support of policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure quality sequential arts education programs for all Iowa students.”

2. NAEA’s Advocacy Resources for Challenging Times – Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association has been an organization devoted to the quality and advancement of arts education. It provides membership, resources, and support to art educators and those in arts related careers. The NAEA’s advocacy page appeals to many different types of advocates.  Not only does this page have information and plans for advocating, but materials, research, flyers, and bookmarks for print and distribution.

3. Arts Education Partnership – The result of a unique partnership between state-level organizations and federal-level organizations, AEP was established in 1995, and is, “dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America.” Just read their welcome and mission statements! There are also fabulous links to research, resources, the latest news, and ideas for how you can get involved.

4. Art Advocado: “Art Advocacy for Educators” – This blog, run by Alison Wade, a founding member of the Advocates for Cultural Engagement, has a wealth of information about arts advocacy including inspiring stories, the latest art education news and more!

5. California Alliance for Arts Education – This site has a useful video about how to give a compelling presentation to your school board. It also has a great list of other advocacy materials.

6. National Performing Arts Convention – In addition to other materials, here you will find a great article titled “Useful Quotes for Arts Advocates”.

7. Americans for the Arts – With easy to navigate tabs to see the latest legislative issues, facts and figures, and access to an advocacy toolkit, this is a spectacular research-based advocacy start-up plan.

8.“Arts Education and Advocacy: An Investment in Every Child’s Future,”  This thought-provoking article is on The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education.

9. Incredible Art Department’s Art Advocacy and Resources Page – The resources listed here are truly spectacular. This is one of the largest and most exhaustive lists of advocacy resources and tools out there.

10. ArtsEdSearch – A project of the AEP (#3), ArtsEdSearch is an ever-evolving resource of research and data that currently lists summaries of over 200 high-quality research studies that analyze and interpret the outcomes and benefits of an arts education.

Looking for even more art advocacy resources? Search “art advocacy” on Pinterest for some great visuals and watch this educator’s video on Arts Advocacy and Teaching Philosophy by Frank Curkovik.

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Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek

Alecia is an elementary art teacher in central Iowa who is passionate about teaching and reaching her students with an innovative and meaningful arts education.

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