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Advocacy Resources

We're continuously collecting tools, practices, research data, publications and other online information to support you and help your organization advance arts education in your community. Let us know if you have others to share.

Valuable Websites

The Arts Education Partnership is a group of more than 140 organizations--including the National Guild--that are national in scope and impact. AEP publishes research and advocacy materials supporting the role of arts education in schools. Downloadable publications include Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on LearningTransforming Education Through the Arts Challenge, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education, and others.

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Americans for the Arts provides facts and figures that help promote the value of arts education.  Learn about their "The Arts. Ask for More" campaign and take action via their E-Advocacy center.

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The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies provides tools and information as well as links to state arts agencies. 

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Creating Quality: Tools for Improving Arts Education is an online community and resource center designed to help you find and share ideas and resources for improving the quality of education in your school or community. The site is produced by Big Thought, The Wallace Foundation and WolfBrown. It offers a venue for teachers, community educators, artists, principals, researchers, nonprofit and civic leaders, policymakers, and others to learn about, collaborate on, and share strategies for ensuring that our children receive the best possible education. The website enables you to:

  • download tools and resources
  • submit resources to our tools and resources library
  • comment on blog posts
  • create your own blog post
  • meet and interact with other educators and community leaders
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The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) develops and provides tools and resources that assist in developing and assessing programs related to arts education for State Alliances and the general public.

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Tools & Reports

Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation

This 2011 NEA report, investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation, based on data from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2008. The report also examines long-term declines in Americans’ reported rates of arts learning—in creative writing, music, and the visual arts, among other disciplines. Authors Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg find that the declines are not distributed evenly across all racial and ethnic groups.

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Local Arts Rapid Response Kit

When you face a funding cut, you need to be able to take swift and efficient action to mitigate the situation—mobilize your advocates, create your message, and implement your strategy. Americans for the Arts has developed a online tool to provide you with current information and key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research you need to make the case.

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Advocacy 101 Workbook

Advocacy can be defined as "working to move the arts to a higher priority concern among social values." This booklet takes the perspective that advocacy begins at home, with the individual, and expands outward.  It is intended to function as a workbook to help develop a practical, no-nonsense arts advocacy perspective useful in daily work. Read it with a pencil in hand!

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