Why this matters: Because arts education is an essential part of a complete, balanced education for all students.
Compiled by Lillian Parker
Last week, ASC joined Americans for the Arts and supporters throughout the country in observing National Arts in Education Week, a week-long celebration of the impact of arts in education. Participants shared stories, hosted community events and worked with local decision-makers to promote our common cause – Arts education is an essential part of a complete, balanced education for all students.
Although National Arts in Education Week 2018 has ended, opportunities to encourage creativity in and out of the classroom arise everyday. Become a year-round advocate for arts education with some of our favorite (and simple) ideas.
1. Know the Facts
Advocacy starts by knowing the facts. Watch the video below and read reports to learn more about the economic impact of arts and culture in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
2. Share Your Story
Help us raise a strong voice of support by sharing your story on social media. Whether you write a personal message or document someone else’s experience, social media is an easy and creative way to share a memorable story with hundreds of readers. Add photos or video, tag other users and be sure to use #BecauseOfArtsEd!
3. Write a Letter to the Editor
Reaching out to your local newspaper is a powerful way to draw attention to the importance of arts education. Unsure where to begin? Artists and art appreciators alike can use this template from Americans for the Arts to get started.
4. Sign Up for VoterVoice
Our advocacy center makes it easy for you to contact elected officials, express your opinions and stay up to date on upcoming elections. Click here and use the “Quick Sign Up” box on the right-hand side to take action with VoterVoice. You’ll receive important communications from ASC that keep you informed and connect you with local, state and federal representatives.
Mecklenburg County’s 2018 general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. Register to vote and find polling and election information by visiting the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website. Your vote matters!