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How Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni Can Help Support Program Restoration

Video Compilation Courtesy of PSGA Alumn Nathan Kuruna

 

To: “The Govies,”  Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni, 

Thank you for joining a new network of alumni of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (PGSA).  This is an important time for you and others who feel strongly about the value of the Governor’s School to contact your state legislators and tell them you want them to support a restoration of the PGSA.  While there are some discussions occurring among some state officials and education and arts leaders about restoring the PGSA, there is no commitment among state policymakers to make this happen, and to provide some state financial support.  The Legislature is working on the state budget now, and you can make a difference!  Please take a few minutes to contact your state legislators.  Urge them to:

  1. Support the restoration of the Governor’s School for the Arts as a state-sponsored activity.  
  2. Support a state appropriation to provide some of the financial support need to re-establish the Governor’s School for the Arts as a premier opportunity for Pennsylvania’s students.

Learn who your state legislators are, and how you can contact them, here

Here is a sample message you might consider using when contacting your legislators:

Hello, my name is (name) and I had the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in (year attended).  (Statement about what your PGSA experience meant to you).  I am very disappointed that Pennsylvania students no long have such an opportunity available.  As a constituent, I am asking you to restore the appropriation for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts that was eliminated in 2009.   Pennsylvania’s students deserve to be recognized for their talents and achievements in the arts.  By supporting our arts students, we are supporting a workforce equipped with the skills needed in the 21st century — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Here are other things you can do to support the re-establishment of the Governor’s School for the Arts:

1. Contact Governor Corbett’s office and ask him to support the restoration of state funding for the PGSA.  Use a message similar to the message you tell or send to your legislators.

2. Send a letter-to-the-editor to your local papers explaining what your PGSA experience meant to you, and urging the Governor and legislature to re-establish the PGSA.  Your lawmakers read these papers to see what is important to their constituents, and your voice is very meaningful.  You will also be bringing the elimination of the PGSA to the attention of a wider group of people.  Be sure to mention the efforts of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network to collect alumni information to build support of the PGSA.

3. Join the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Also, share our work with your own friends, fellow alumni, and colleagues.

Thank you for all of your efforts to support arts and arts education in Pennsylvania.  We are excited to support such a passionate and talented group of Pennsylvanians working together with us on this goal.

 

Ron Cowell

www.artseducationpa.org
cowell@eplc.org | 717-260-9900