Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Second Week in September Designated "Arts in Education Week"

This is a news release from Americans for the Arts. Get the word out to teachers and artists who might be able to offer their services to schools whose arts programs have been drastically been cut.

July 27, 2010—Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy.

The resolution seeks to support the attributes of arts education that are recognized as instrumental to developing a well-rounded education such as creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding. H.Con.Res. 275 also highlights the critical link between those skills and preparing our children for gaining a competitive edge in the global economy. This is an important message for policy makers to acknowledge as they prepare to reauthorize federal education policy. To send a message to your member of Congress in support for arts education, please visit our E-Advocacy Center.

As a House resolution, the bill does not require signature by the President upon its passage. You can read the resolution here.

Americans for the Arts is planning an Arts Education Blog Salon for the celebratory week. The Americans for the Arts Action Fund’s 50 States 50 Days initiative will also be a way underway during this time. Resources on the Arts Action Fund website help arts advocates to use their arts institutions at home to convey their message about the arts in a setting that reinforces themes of economic development; jobs in the arts; arts education; and partnerships between artists, institutions, and local policymakers.

We realize that September 12 is right around the corner, so please get the word out to make the first Arts in Education Week a successful one!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Important survey for MA Artists - please respond and pass on!

I just received this via MAASH and I think its important to make artists aware and get them involved in advocating for the arts.  The survey takes less then 10 mins. to do and asks some great questions involved with arts, education and other needs for artists and art organizations.

- Gale

Please help us strengthen arts and culture in Massachusetts by filling out this brief survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes. You are also welcome to forward this survey to friends and colleagues.
Our state's arts and cultural life has never been so important. Arts and cultural organizations educate our children, fuel our economy and give us precious moments of beauty, insight and community. To assure that our arts and cultural life remains vibrant and productive, the Boston Foundation and the board of MAASH (Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Science and Humanities) have joined with cultural leaders and interested residents across our state to describe and develop a strong and sustainable advocacy organization. Your views about what statewide arts and cultural advocacy should look like in Massachusetts is very important to the future vitality of the state's arts and cultural life.

Thank you for your time and attention to this brief survey. We look forward to your response. We will release our findings in the fall.

Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

Celeste Wilson, Chair of the Board, MAASH