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5 Points for Advancing Art Education

Positive changes in art education require not merely advocacy, but leadership. Leadership inside classrooms, schools, and within the larger context of art education can forward the status of the field. Advancing the field requires an ongoing process of learning and renewal for the art educator.

  1. Every conversation counts: Whether your art program is robust or sparse, YOU are the sole representative of the entire field of art education. Always represent the depth, quality, and rigor of what you do every day. Ambassadorship is a full time job!
  2. Stay aware of the values of every audience: Communicate the importance of art education to in a way that appeals to the values of others.
  3. Develop parent and business community partners: Visibility and professional connections within the community can sustain your programming, lead to additional funding, and support local businesses. Parent involvement, properly organized, can also help elevate your status in the community.
  4. Remember your context: Leadership and advocacy should be sensitive to contextual factors. Challenging context norms without a track record of collaboration and success can be perceived as insensitive and out of touch.
  5. Be an exemplary teacher: Although the visual arts content is unique, good teaching and learning is easily recognized in any content area. There are many perceptions about art education classrooms, all of which you can challenge by demonstrating student learning, sharing well-articulated lesson plans, and structuring an enriching learning experience for students everyday. Involvement in your professional organization and pursuing advanced studies in the field of art education can afford you additional support.

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DIY Art Advocacy Zine!

How to assemble a Zine



Link to presentation materials: How Creativity Will Save Schools.

Poster by: The ART Collective @ UIC

Ready To Innovate

Facts and Figures – Americans for the Arts

Freedman Leadership and Advocacy

Holly, Freedman, Rex Advocacy and Leadership Visual Art


NAEA Advocacy White Papers 1

NAEA Advocacy White Papers 2

NAEA Advocacy White Papers 3

Additional Advocacy Resources:
Americans for the Arts

Arts in Every Classroom/A Video Library for K-5 Teachers and Arts Specialists

California Alliance for Arts Education: Arts Learning in Action Toolkit

ArtSmarts Among Innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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Advocate for your art program! Use National Art Education Association official position statements to support quality art education in your school or district.

Advocacy Task Force

Back in November of 2012, the IAEA Board approved the Advocacy Task Force. IAEA members answered the call to participate in the Advocacy Task Force was born. Fast forward to 2018 members have connected with over a dozen art and education organizations in Illinois to build an advocacy network. The group’s purpose is to assure all students of Illinois have access to an art education and that it is part of the whole Illinois student.

Also, if you are interested in being a part of the Advocacy Task Force, email Michael Skura – [email protected]
Meet the IAEA’s Advocacy Task Force
Contact the Advocacy Team Today!

IAEA Advocacy Advisor & Northwest Council Communications Coordinator [email protected]
Michael Skura

Past IAEA Advocacy Advisor & IHSAE Director

IAEA Co-Conference Coordinator[email protected]
Eryn Blaser

IAEA President – [email protected] 
Nick Hostert

IAEA Past President, Website Manager & Webinar Coordinator- [email protected] 
Theresa McGee

IAEA Vice President & Former Advocacy Advisor – [email protected]
Chris Grodoski

IAEA Professional Development Coordinator & Past President IAEA – [email protected] 
Joan Mills

IAEA Secretary – [email protected]
Jeanette Thompson

Policy & Research Director Art Alliance Illinois –[email protected] 
Jonathan VanderBrug

IAEA Southern Vice President – [email protected]
Josh Shearer

IAEA Membership Coordinator- [email protected]
MacKenzie Powell

IAEA Graphics & Instagram Coordinator-
Suzanne Farr

IAEA Member & NE Communications Coordinator – [email protected]
Ingrid Crepas

Youth Art Month Coordinator – [email protected]
Tricia Frost

Mosaic Co-Editor [email protected]
Jennifer Wargin

Mosaic Co-Editor [email protected]
Kerry Parrish

Treasurer/Business Manager –[email protected] 
Joanna Angeloulos

Leadership Mentee 2016,2017
Jamie Glaser

Leadership Mentee 2016,2017
Sherry Abelhadi

IAEA Member
Brooke Young

IAEA Member & Angela Paterakis Professor of Art Education Chair
Olivia Gude

IAEA Member 
Alicia York

IAEA Member 
Whitney Huber

IAEA Member 
Lauren Nielson

IAEA Member 
Samantha Schultz

IAEA Member 
Amanda Bandy