It's imperative that we all do our part to advocate for Art Education and the Fine Arts. Use these resources to give you ideas on how you can advocate for your program and how to let others know how important art education and the Fine Arts are for a well-rounded curriculum.
Big Art Day is an art happening to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a BIG statewide scale. It is an attempt by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) to engage all art educators, their students and communities in a single day art event.
District of Distinction is an annual recognition program created by Texas Art Education Association and run by the Administration and Supervision division to honor school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts.
TAEF fosters and rewards careers in art education through the awarding of scholarships to higher education students engaged in art education programs.
TAEA strives to honor our hard working membership through recognition of their continued efforts and significant achievements in art education at the local, state, regional, and national level.
The Texas Cultural Trust manages various programs to heighten awareness and support for the arts as essential to improving public education and stimulating economic growth, including Art Can, Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, Arts Access, and Partners in the Arts.
Download TAEA's pamphlet on art advocacy for lessons the arts teach, an advocacy toolbox, and more!
Check out a list of websites TAEA has put together to learn more about Art Advocacy.
Check out a list of ideas for how to advocate for your art program.
Knowing how to use hashtags and images will help boost your social media engagement.
Listen to Dr. Cindy Todd explain why the arts are a necessity for K-12 education.
Advocacy is public support for a particular cause. In visual arts education it seems as we are always working on this concept of advocacy. Why is that? The reason I see is that as educators we are working to advance our mission, our programs, and our outreach for greater student understanding, learning and passion for our discipline. In order to support rich programming, our communities and stakeholders have to support what we do daily. Every art educator, regardless if this is your first year or fortieth year in our profession should work to advocate for visual arts – subscribe to the mantra of "leaving it better than you found it." As you advocate keep in mind the three "basics" of advocacy shared by NAEA and TAEA:
Communicate a CLEAR message. Show "why is what you do in visual arts important?" and be sure to include data whenever possible.
Be VISIBLE. Make a plan for your advocacy efforts and get outside your room/school walls with your message. Think about events you can showcase what happens in your space to the broader community.
Activate an Advocacy NETWORK. Identify committed people and help them get involved. Make sure the message is communicated clearly and all stakeholders are part of the greater vision and purpose.
Want to know more and be better informed? Check out our resources with our partner at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) along with Texas Art Education Association programming like Be Visual, Big Art Day and our TAEA Advocacy Toolkit!
By Elliot Eisner
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.
Here are some additional articles and pamphlets with useful data and facts:
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