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Effective advocacy for community arts education can take many forms and occurs in a variety of settings from your neighborhood arts venue to the halls of your state capital. What advocacy is and how it works for all of us can be a confusing question. To help with answers, this section is divided into two main advocacy categories: Action and Resources.


Tools, practices, research data, publications and other online information to help you and your organization advance arts education in your community.

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Check here for updates and reports on what the Guild is doing to advocate for community arts education. 

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We Are What We Art: Creating Equitable Access to Arts Education

By César Martinez for the National Guild for Community Arts Education

"We Are What We Art" was produced and edited by the young artist, César Martinez, during the National Guild's 2012 Conference for Community Arts Education in Dallas, TX. The short video features the perspectives of students, educators, and arts and social justice experts on the key topic of creating equitable access to arts education. César is a high school student studying media arts at SAY Sí, a year-round, arts-based youth development program in San Antonio, TX. His video speaks not only to the benefit of providing and enhancing arts education opportunities for all, but also—as a youth-led media piece— illustrates what is possible when you engage the unique creativity of young people.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.