Monday, April 19, 2010

Feed Your Kids the Arts / National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign

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
Chances are, though, that your kids are not getting enough art—in or out of school. "The Arts. Ask for More." public service advertising (PSA) campaign is designed to educate parents and citizens on why the arts are essential to a child's development and empower them to get more art into kids’ lives, both in and out of school.

I ran across this on a blog that I follow and thought it was wonderful and worth sharing! Thanks, Katie for posting!
Check out her way cool blog, here!

  • 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
    1. Enjoy the arts together. Sing, play music, read a book, dance, or draw with your child at home.
    2. Encourage your child to participate in the arts and celebrate their participation in or out of school.
    3. Explore your community’s library and read “the classics” together—from Mother Goose to Walt Whitman.
    4. Read your local newspaper to find out about attending local arts events like museum exhibits, local plays, festivals, or outdoor concerts.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
  • Find an arts organization or PSA Partner in your area to find out more about the arts and arts education in your community.
  • 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.
Campaign Updates:
The Arts. Ask for More. PSA featured in Times Square!
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.
New Disney Little Einsteins™ PSAs Released!"The Arts. Ask For More." PSA campaign collaborated with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to create new television PSAs that promote arts education to children pre-K to 8th grade.  View the new ads.  For more information, please click here.

PSA Television and Radio Ads!In the newest phase of "The Arts. Ask For More." PSA campaign, the arts are equated with a healthy diet. These new television andradio ads feature spoofs of healthy food products combined with prominent artists in history. Click to view the ads and get more information on the newest phase of the PSA campaign. Stay on the lookout to see and hear these new ads in your area

Thanks for stopping by....Gotta love the ARTS (Where would we be without them????)...Happy Monday to y'awl! xox, Kim 1969

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