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Three Easy Steps to Help Kids Experience Art in Los Angeles

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

I'm passing this along for a friend who's a theater teacher in LA.

Happy New Year Theatre Friends, Parent Friends and Organizer Friends!

May I encourage you to take three steps in the new year to protect Arts Education in Los Angeles schools?

Our Elementary Arts Program is in big trouble.
The current budget for 2010-2011 calls for a 50% cut to the Elementary Arts Program. The following year budgets the entire Program to be eliminated. I'm a theatre teacher in this program, but I'm not advocating for myself but rather the program as a whole.

One of the most effective ways for us to fight this is to contact the Board of Education to let them know what our priorities are BEFORE the Board makes final budget decisions. Phone, email, letters: they should all be considered. If we get enough parents and community members to share their feelings about this, the board may decide it's not worth losing dance, theater, visual arts and music for every elementary student in LAUSD in order to save $14.8 million (about 3% of the $470 million budget deficit for 2010-2011)

Three easy ways to help:

1) Please sign the Petition to Maintain the Integrity of the Arts Instructional Programs of LAUSD: http://www.petitiononline.com/la4arts/petition.html

2) Please write a letter to your board member:
Visit http://www.artsforla.org/groups/lausd, and click "Send a Letter". Board members contact info can also be found at: http://laschoolboard.org/

3) Please pass this email and/or petition on to at least THREE other friends/parents/activists/organizers who you think may care about this issue and respond.

Visit http://lausdartsed.blogspot.com/ for more info and advocacy links.
Thank you and have a wonderful arts-filled 2010!

(Thanks to Katy Hickman for drafting this letter)

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