GoArts News March 10, 2011:
Arts Education Days at the Capitol, hosted by Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education (TCQAE), was a rousing success!
- High school students delivered compelling fine arts advocacy information to every state legislator.
- Senate and House Education Committee Chairs championed the need to support fine arts education during these tough economic times at a press conference attended by several reporters.
- Music, dance, and theater students from Texas schools offered high quality performances in the capitol rotunda and on the south steps.
Make Every Day Arts Education Day
By consistently advocating for arts education, you can extend the effectiveness of this two-day event to your local school district. With the current budget crisis, making the successful argument for fine arts education at the local level is imperative. Access more arts advocacy materials. . .
Inform the Media
Supply your local media with the press release TCQAE distributed around the state following the Arts Day press conference. Simply download this release and email it to your media outlets. The release provides a central media contact; however, you should include your own contact information to help reporters make the story local. Download the press release . . .
Motivate Your Support Organization
Show the Arts Day press conference video to your parent booster group to offer them a glimpse into what arts associations are accomplishing on their behalf at the state level. Not only did Senate and House Committee Chairs Senator Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) and Representative Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) offer compelling messages about supporting fine arts education, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) joined in the press conference and underscored their message with her own.
Work with them to craft a local application of this message and equip them to be advocates with your local leaders. Get more help with arts education advocacy . . .