Education is at a critical historical moment as we navigate the global pandemic and nationwide racial reckonings. The pandemic prompted revision and reflection on how educators and students engage. This moment has also directed a spotlight on inequities many have been advocating to address for years. Communities are demanding systemic change that will deliver equitable opportunities in all subject areas — including the arts.
To honor the critical role local arts education leaders play as we move into the post-pandemic era of education, the Arts Education Partnership Arts Education Policy Working Group will host a virtual Town Hall to convene district arts education leaders from across the country. Together we will discuss what is being done in your communities and what needs to be done at the local and national level to ensure quality arts education is accessible to all preK-12 students, especially those who have been historically marginalized.
We hope to create a network sustained by ongoing engagements to share knowledge, raise issues and collaborate to find solutions that can be implemented locally and nationally. This will be a space for local arts education supervisors, with national service organizations periodically joining to learn from local leaders and share resources.
For this pilot Town Hall, we invite any local arts education supervisors — whether you are a curriculum director, district coordinator or arts department chair or have other supervisory responsibilities in arts education — to bring your voice to this conversation.
Together we can create a collective force across the arts education ecosystem to identify the best grassroots resources and solutions for schools seeking to support arts education. We know that important conversations are happening within your networks and districts, and we are convening this group to learn what is happening in your communities and how we can support one another. We invite you to engage in a national conversation to connect and collaborate with art education policy experts and key arts education service organizations.
This pre-event survey is designed to inform the agenda, collect input for future engagements and ensure this space evolves to meet your needs.
Please join us!
Click Here to view resources that can support your work in advance of the Town Hall.
Hosted by: The Arts Education Policy Working Group, a program of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
Co-Chairs: Heather Noonan, AEP advisory council member and vice president for advocacy at League of American Orchestras, and Narric Rome, AEP advisory council member and vice president of Government Affairs & Arts Education at Americans for the Arts
Working Group Members: Afterschool Alliance, Americans for the Arts, Arts and Creativity at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Arts Connect Houston, Arts Education Partnership, Association of Art Museum Directors, Chorus America, Dance/USA, Educational Theatre Association, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State Department of Education, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), National Dance Education Organization, New Hampshire Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, Performing Arts Alliance, Quadrant Research, Save the Music Foundation, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, The Innovation Collaborative, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Young Audiences Arts for Learning