Advocacy for the Arts

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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 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 are 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 every day. Involvement in your professional organization and pursuing advanced studies in the field of art education can afford you additional support

On Tuesday, March 18th, the Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve an arts indicator as part of the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This means that in order for the state of Illinois to receive federal funding schools across our state will be held accountable for their ability to provide arts education. State Superintendent Alya’s recommendation that 5% of the total ESSA requirements include that schools provide arts education. Illinois is the first state in the nation to endorse such a measure, cementing our state’s role as a leader in arts education.

Read Forbes Article about ESSA in Illinois

 

Advocacy Task Force

In November of 2012, the IAEA Board created the Advocacy Task Force. Fast forward to 2020 members have connected with dozens of art and education organizations in Illinois to build an advocacy network. The group’s purpose is to promote quality art, design, and media education for every Illinois student.

On Tuesday, March 18th, the Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve an arts indicator as part of the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This means that in order for the state of Illinois to receive federal funding schools across our state will be held accountable for their ability to provide arts education. State Superintendent Alya’s recommendation that 5% of the total ESSA requirements include that schools provide arts education. Illinois is the first state in the nation to endorse such a measure, cementing our state’s role as a leader in arts education.

However, the IAEA Task Force’s work is not complete.

Currently, we are working on the following:

  • Advocacy Day and Student Show Spring 2021 The IAEA is readying for a student show in Springfield, paired with legislative meetings. The IAEA needs help readying for this impactful opportunity to further elevate art, design, and media education in Illinois. This means helping coordinate a student show and building a network of art, design, and media educators to participate in this event.
  • Strengthening our partnership art, education, and legislative networks in Illinois. This involves sending emails and networking across the state on behalf of the art, design, and media educators and their students.

YOUR voice is needed!

March 17th, 2021

Advocacy Day 2021

Learn More

if you are interested in being a part of the Advocacy Task Force, email Josh Shearer – advocacy@ilaea.org

Please use this template to contact your legislator and invite them to local events.Template Letter to Legislator

IAEA’s Advocacy Task Force

IAEA Advocacy Advisor & South Council Vice President

Josh Shearer
advocacy@ilaea.org
Past Advocacy Advisor & IAEA President-Elect

Michael Skura

Michael Skura
presidentelect@ilaea.org
Past IAEA Advocacy Advisor & IHSAE Coordinator

Chris Sykora

Chris Sykora
IAEA Conference Co-Coordinator

Eryn Blaser

Eryn Blaser
conference@ilaea.org
IAEA President

Nick Hostert
iaeapresident@ilaea.org
IAEA Past President, Website Manager & Webinar Coordinator

Theresa McGee
website@ilaea.org
IAEA Vice President & Former Advocacy Advisor

Chris Grodoski
vicepresident@ilaea.org
IAEA Professional Development Coordinator & Past President IAEA

Joan Mills

Joan Mills
prodev@ilaea.org
IAEA Secretary

Jeanette Thompson
secretary@ilaea.org
Policy & Research Director Art Alliance Illinois

Jonathan VanderBrug
vanderbrug@artsalliance.org
IAEA Membership Coordinator

MacKenzie Powell
membership@ilaea.org
IAEA Graphics & Instagram Coordinator

Suzanne Farr
graphics@ilaea.org
IAEA Member & NE Communications Coordinator

Ingrid Crepas
NEsecretary@ilaea.org
Youth Art Month Coordinator

Tricia Frost
YouthArt@ilaea.org
Mosaic Co-Editor

Jennifer Wargin
mosaic@ilaea.org
Mosaic Co-Editor & Book Study Coordinator

Kerry Parrish
bookstudy@ilaea.org
Treasurer/Business Manager

Treasurer/Business Manager
buisinessmanager@ilaea.org
Leadership Mentee 2016,2017

Jamie Glaser
Leadership Mentee 2016,2017

Sherry Abelhado
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

One Great State Partnership with SAIC: Supporting Student Artists in Southern Illinois

One great state SAIC

Learn More about this annual event!

Position Statements

Advocate for your art program! Use IAEA’s position statements to support quality art education in your school or district.Position Statements

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The National Art Education Association’s official position statements have been vetted by top educators in the U.S.  The language can help you navigate difficult situations and advocate for your art program.

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Advocacy Resources

Arts Education NavigatorThrough a partnership with Vans Custom Culture, Americans for the Arts has designed the Arts Education Navigator, a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates navigate the complex field of arts education.

E-Book #1 – Getting Started
E-Book #2 – Facts & Figures
E-Book #3 – Making the Case
E-Book #4 – Mobilizing Support

Title 1 Funds can be used toward programing and professional development of arts educators in your school! Learn more and watch video below!

Title 1 and the Arts from Norman Kurtin on Vimeo.

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Open Letter to Superintendents, Principals & School Board Members.