Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Resources for Arts Education Month

Arts education is near and dear to many PTA members. One of the groups Washington State PTA works with, ArtsEd Washington, http://artsedwashington.org/, has developed an advocacy toolkit – handy for members who might be working to protect arts funding during budget cuts, or who are looking to mark Arts Education Month in May.

Please read, share and help ensure all children have access to arts education. By including the arts, schools can ensure that students get a balanced and well-rounded education that addresses their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth.

ArtsEd Washington advocacy toolkit:

FYI about ArtsEd, http://artsedwashington.org/
“ArtsEd Washington works to ensure that all students in Washington state have access to a complete education that includes the arts. We believe that the only equitable way to reach every child is to teach the arts at school, during school hours.

We are a nonprofit organization devoted specifically and exclusively to advancing and increasing arts education in K-12 schools.”


PTA supports cultural arts through its national arts contest, Reflections. Congratulations to this year’s state-level winners:
Reflections resources: http://www.pta.org/2032.asp

Arts in Washington’s K-12 schools:

This state superintendent site reviews learning standards, professional development, arts partners, articles and resources.

State board of education’s student video contest (entries due May 2, 2011):

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