National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign
Feed Your Kids the ArtsThe arts are enriched with the stuff kids need to succeed. Just like kids need to have good nutrition on a daily basis, kids need to have their daily serving of the arts. Studies have shown that involvement in the arts helps kids increase test scores and promotes academic achievement. Kids who are involved in the arts are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- Get Involved: Click here for 10 Simple Ways you can get more art into your child’s life.
Ten Simple Ways Parents Can Get More Art in Their Kids’ Lives
- Enjoy the arts together. Sing, play music, read a book, dance, or draw with your child at home.
- Encourage your child to participate in the arts and celebrate their participation in or out of school.
- Explore your community’s library and read “the classics” together—from Mother Goose to Walt Whitman.
- Read your local newspaper to find out about attending local arts events like museum exhibits, local plays, festivals, or outdoor concerts.
- Tell your child’s teacher, principal, and school leadership that the arts are vital to your child’s success and an important part of a quality education. Find out if your school has sufficient resources for arts education, including qualified teachers and materials. If not, offer to help.
- Contact your local arts organizations to inquire about the arts education programs they offer either during school hours or after school. Volunteer to donate time, supplies, or help with their advocacy efforts and connect these services to your child’s school.
- Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for the arts to show them you care and make sure the arts are adequately funded as part of the core curriculum in the school budget.
- Explore your child’s dream to sing, to dance, to draw, to act—and encourage them to become the best they can be through the arts.
- Be an arts supporter! Contact your elected officials—lawmakers and school board members—to ask them for more arts education funding from the local, state, and federal levels. Visit our Online Resource Center.
- Sign up to become an activist on the Americans for the Arts website, just a click away! Through our e-activist list, you will get news updates and alerts about arts education. Visit our E-Advocacy Center.
- Get the facts on why an arts education is so important to your child’s development.Did you know that young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours, three days a week for a year are: 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools, and 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair? Give children every opportunity to succeed. Make sure they are getting their fair share of arts education which can also lead to your child becoming a more well-rounded individual. Follow the links below for more information!Quick Facts
Key points about the benefits of arts education!Highlights from Key National Research on Arts Education
Proof of the Power of Arts Education Read highlights of key national research on the impact of arts education on children and learning. These brief findings offer links to publication summaries that link to full publications online (when available).Standards for Arts Education
How High Do We Reach? What is it exactly that our kids should be able to do when they study the arts? We're glad you asked. Standards for arts education have been developed by arts and education experts at the national level, and most of our states have followed suit.Arts Education Websites
Find more resources on these websites.
The PSA campaign's Brahms Breakfast :30 second PSA was featured on MTV’s 44 ½ foot screen in Times Square for the entire week of January 11th. Thanks to a generous donation from MTV, our PSA ran for two minutes each hour for the week. To watch all of our TV PSAs, please click here.
NEW Print PSAs Now Available!
Click on the images below to check out the newest print PSAs now available for download, including "Raisin Brahms," "Elizabeth Barrett Brownies," "Tchaikovsky's Nut Crackers," and "Van Goghgurt". Keep an eye out for them in publications in your area and across the country.
PSA Campaign Widget Now Available!
Show your support for the arts with "The Arts. Ask for More." campaign's new social media tool. The widget allows supporters of arts education to put their voice on display through Facebook, MySpace, and other social media sites and houses a counter of all the arts supporters displaying this widget as well as the TV, radio, and print advertisements from the PSA campaign.
Thanks for stopping by....Gotta love the ARTS (Where would we be without them????)...Happy Monday to y'awl! xox, Kim 1969