Arts Education Advocacy

I. Take Action

Write to San Diego Unified School Board members in support of the Visual and Performing Arts Department:
Send a letter to the School Board!
You can email them at the linked addresses below.
Either write your own letter with personal anecdotes and supporting arguments from our talking points in support (Arts Education Advocacy) or use our template below.
Simply cut and paste it into a new email or a document that you can print on your letter head and mail.
Advocacy Letter Template.doc

San Diego Unified School District
Eugene Brucker Education Center

4100 Normal Street
Room 2231
San Diego, CA  92103

(619) 725-5550
(619) 297-5624 – Fax – E-mail – E-mail

Board Members:
Sheila Jackson, Board President,
Richard Barerra, Board VP,
John de Beck,
John Lee Evans,
Katherine Nakamura,

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II. Resources for Arts Education Advocacy

The San Diego Alliance for Arts Education is a local advocacy network of the California Alliance for Arts Education.

California Alliance for Arts Education  promotes, supports and advocates visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools.

California Arts Advocacy Toolkit from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association’s Arts Initiative

Americans for the Arts – Advocacy and Visibility Campaigns, including Arts Education

California Art Education Association

Keep Arts in Schools – Parents for the Arts Advisory

New Mexico Arts’ Arts Education Advocacy Tool kit

The Kennedy Center Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit

Support Music


III. Research on the Value of Arts


Arts Education Partnership Research – free, downloadable PDF’s on a range of arts education subjects

ArtShow: Youth and Community Development, A Resource Guide
Shirley Brice Heath and Laura Smyth, published by Partners for Livable Communities, 1999. Shows that arts and culturally based, after-school programs for at-risk youth have the most success in reaching young people and helping them develop skills for productive and successful lives.

Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination
(June 2008) In a number of urban areas in recent years, arts learning advocates have sought to counter a generation-long decline in public school arts education by forming coordinated networks of schools, cultural organizations, funders, local government and other groups to work in common to revive arts learning.