Advocate for the Arts

Take Action Federal: Tell Congress to Support Arts in Education
$53 Million Requested for FY 2011

There are two priority areas for arts education advocacy at the federal level: strengthening the arts in the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (most recently called the No Child Left Behind Act), and increasing funding for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education programs support the development of models for K-12 arts education, professional development for arts educators, the national activities of the Kennedy Center, and VSA arts, which serves artists with disabilities.

Congress has a record of supporting the Arts in Education programs, despite their elimination in the past administration budget proposals. While President Obama’s FY10 budget included funding for this program for the first time in eight years, his recent FY11 proposal recommends consolidating the federal program into a new category with six other non-arts programs.

Please take a few minutes to write to your elected officials and ask them to support strengthening arts education in federal policy, a funding level of $53 million for FY 2011 and voicing your concerns about diminishing the role of the arts in learning.

via Advocate for the Arts.


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