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2013 Arts Education Advocacy Day – March 19


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On Tuesday, March 19, arts and education leaders gathered with members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly at the State Capitol for the 2013 Arts Education Advocacy Day.  Network members and friends can still support this activity by sharing the resources listed below with their local communities and legislators.

Full Video of the March 19, 2013 media event:

March 19 featured an 11 a.m. press conference in the Capitol Media Center with speakers from the new Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus: Senators Jay Costa and Pat Browne, and Representatives Mark Cohen, Stan Saylor, and Tim Briggs; representatives from The Education Policy and Leadership Center; and several steering committee members of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network.

Resolutions were introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jay Costa, and in the House of Representatives, by Rep. Stan Saylor, declaring March 19 Arts Education Advocacy Day in Pennsylvania as “a time to recognize arts education as integral and essential every year to the education of all Pre-K, elementary, and secondary students, and to express appreciation to arts educators throughout the Commonwealth.” (House Resolution 146, Senate Resolution 55).  See video of Senator Costa introducing the resolution, here.

To view the Press Release, click here.

To read Pennsylvania Legislative Services’ full coverage of the Arts Education Advocacy Day press conference, click here.

Representative Tim Briggs urges arts education funding after the press event:

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association arranged for a student choral group from Gettysburg to perform in the Capitol Rotunda at noon as part of their Music in our Schools Month activities, and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association brought over some of the student art pieces from their Youth Art Month exhibition at the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the Capitol and Media Center during the day’s activities.

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All arts education supporters still have a lot of work to do!

Share the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Policy Agenda!

The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Policy Agenda was agreed upon by the Network’s Steering Committee.  It features six key suggestions for policymakers to improve Pennsylvania’s students’ access to high quality arts education opportunities.  With your help in promoting this Agenda, lawmakers will learn what issues are important to constituents, and how they can support them.

Read and share our Policy Agenda, here.

Bring Attention to the Arts Education Advocacy Day activities in Your Own Communities!

Send this media alert and press release to your local newspapers, radio stations, and television networks to highlight the events of Arts Education Advocacy Day and the importance of arts education to Pennsylvania’s students.  By sharing this release with local media outlets, you will showcase arts education as a priority to your neighbors, local decision-makers, and the legislators that represent your region.

Communicate with Supporters Across the State Through Social Media!

Follow the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network on facebook and twitter, and ask your followers to do so, too.
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Use #ArtsEdPA to share why arts education in Pennsylvania is important to you!

Make Appointments With Decision Makers to Ask for their Support!

Find your legislators and make appointments with them in Harrisburg, or her staffers at their local offices as soon as it is convenient – even in the weeks and months after March 19.  Building relationships with your legislators and their staff is invaluable for growing support for arts education.  Legislators will not know how important arts education is to their constituents unless you tell them.

Make Sure Your Legislators Are Members of the Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus!