Happy Arts Education Month! (And, also, Happy Women's History Month!) A group of us from Twitter, Edutopia, and American for the Arts have been encouraging all Arts Education Advocates to testify at their local Board of Education about the importance of arts education during Arts Education month. I hope that all members of this group will make the same pledge. Americans for the Arts have created a training webinar with advice on how to do that. You may have access to it, regardless of membership, by making a pledge to Testify for Arts Ed. Visit http://bit.ly/testifyforartsed, sign up, and watch the webinar. We all know the importance of arts education to our children, but we are on the inside. It's important for us to spread the word to the policymakers in our communities. For education, the most direct policymakers, the ones who control the budgets and the curriculum are the members of the Boards of Education in local school districts across the country. Please pledge to take one afternoon or evening and attend a Board of Education meeting this month. They welcome public comment. Yours can potentially change the lives of all children in your community. Ask them to increase access to quality arts education in the schools and in the communities. Bring them the evidence and testimonials that you have been collecting over the years. Take action. Share your stories in this discussion and encourage others to do the same. It's all up to us.
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