Advocacy: National Arts in Education Week September 12-18th

This week has been declared by the U.S. House of Representatives as Arts in Education week. This is the first time that Congress has officially recognized all arts- dance, music, theater and visual arts- as a cause for celebration. Schools all over the country are taking this opportunity to celebrate the arts and to remind their local communities just how influential the arts are in their students lives.

As an elementary art teacher I felt this was a great time to show off artwork by all students in our school. Arts in Education Week just happened to fall on the same week as our annual Back-to-School Night. I’ve noticed in the past that the art and music programs (and physical education) at our school are frequently left out of back-to-school events, and I wanted to step up and present the art department this week. With only one week to complete an art project and have it ready for display, we asked each student in the school to create a small self-portrait drawing that illustrated aspects of their personality. Each student had 30 minutes to create their self-portrait. These portraits will be displayed in the lobby of our school at the main entrance where all parents, students and staff will be able to view the work. I hope that this visual display will spark discussions about all that our art program has to offer. I will be posting photos and responses to the display at the end of this week.

For more information about what you can do to recognize and support the arts in your community, visit the Arts Education Partnership website. You can also read the official HR275 Resolution here.

Many art educators are discussing this great opportunity to have our programs recognized. Please take a moment to visit some of the following blogs and read more about other ways that we are drawing attention to the arts through National Arts in Education Week.

 

The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet
http://www.artjunction.org/blog

The Teaching Palette
http://theteachingpalette.com

Wonder Brooks Extraordinaire
http://wonderbrooks.wordpress.com

Mrs. Gillespie’s Blog
http://blog.molineschools.org/tgillesp

The Carrot Revolution
http://carrotrevolution.blogspot.com

 

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About Sarah DeWitt Brooks

I am an elementary art teacher for grades K-6 in Northern Virginia. I am trying to find the balance between creating lessons that are personally meaningful to my students while teaching and reinforcing 21st century skills and visual art skills and techniques. I am also interested in integrating technology for instruction and student artmaking in my classroom. On the side, I am a mixed media artist dabbling in drawing, painting, printmaking, art journaling and digital photography.
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3 Responses to Advocacy: National Arts in Education Week September 12-18th

  1. Pingback: Arts in Education Week: Program Communication | The Teaching Palette

  2. Pingback: Art Education Voices, Past & Present « the art teacher's guide to the internet

  3. Nancy Walkup says:

    Sounds like a great advocacy article!

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