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
San Diego, CA 92103
Sheila Jackson, Board President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Barerra, Board VP, email@example.com
John de Beck, Jdebeck1@san.rr.com
John Lee Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Nakamura, email@example.com
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II. Resources for Arts Education Advocacy
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 http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocate.asp
Keep Arts in Schools – Parents for the Arts Advisory http://www.keepartsinschools.org/Research/Materials/ParentsfortheArts_download.pdf
New Mexico Arts’ Arts Education Advocacy Tool kit http://www.nmarts.org/pdf/artsedadvocacy_kit.pdf
Support Music http://www.supportmusic.com/
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. http://plcstore.stores.yahoo.net/arregu.html
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.