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Guild Calls on Policy-Makers and Public to Re-Examine Support for Arts Education

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Jan 09, 2014

The National Guild for Community Arts Education, in partnership with 12 other national arts and education organizations, has released Arts Education for America's Students: A Shared Endeavor, a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students. The statement, created over a 12-month period by the endorsing organizations, responds to the alarming marginalization of quality arts education in America's schools in recent years, as funding, staffing, and school time has increasingly focused on tested subject areas.

A Shared Endeavor articulates the purpose and value of art education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments. 

Acknowledging the long history and support for arts education by public and private partners, the joint statement calls on policy-makers, organizations, and the public to actively support and promote:  
  • Policies and resources for arts education.
  • Access to arts education for all students.
  • Collaboration between school-based arts educators, other subject area teachers, community-based arts providers, and arts educators.
  • Long-term advocacy partnerships between all providers of arts education.     

"A Shared Endeavor reflects the values of the National Guild and its members in ensuring equitable access to quality arts education and it complements and builds on the Guild's  decades-long work focused on partnerships between public schools and other community agencies," said National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman. "It is a valuable action tool for community arts education providers to prompt dialogue with local leaders about the importance of arts education for all students and to re-examine ways of collaborating and leveraging resources to more deeply engage communities and multiply benefits."
The following are the partnering national organizations: American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Americans for the Arts, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Dance Education Organization, National Education Association, National Association for Music Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

Pictured Above: Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT). Photo by Jill Weaver.

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