The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.
National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.
National Arts in Education Week takes place annually during the week beginning with the second Sunday of September. This year it falls on September 11 – 17, 2016. Save the date for future celebrations:
- September 17 – 23, 2017
- September 16 – 22, 2018
- September 8 – 14, 2019
- September 13 – 19, 2020
For the arts education professionals, check out how you, your organization, and your network can participate. Help us spread the word! Learn more.
Interested in partnering? Download the Five Ways to Partner packet to learn more.
Want to join in the celebration? Find three easy ways outlined below.
Host or Attend a Celebration
Every year, communities, schools, arts centers, and education programs host celebrations in their communities across the country. Whether a performance, exhibit, class or open house, local celebrations are the best way to bring attention to the cause of arts education.
- Be sure to find or share celebrations for the week of September 11 – 17, 2016 with others on ArtsMeet National Event Calendar
- Download and use the logo. The brand of National Arts in Education Week is free and shared for all to use. Be sure to place this logo on any event posters, social media, websites or public awareness campaigns you promote. Download a simple .jpg or the designer files based on your needs.
Advocate to Decision Makers
Advocacy is a key element to spreading the word about arts education. The ability to tell stories, cite facts, and get your local decision makers on board with your mission is a valuable asset for spreading the word.
- Use this opportunity to learn how to speak to your education leaders about the importance of arts education. The Arts Education Navigator tool walks arts education supporters through six action steps to becoming an effective advocate. Connect with all of the tools and resources needed to form a personal advocacy plan.
- When advocating, check out the Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts campaign and use the videos and fact sheets, or take the quiz!
- Then, ask your local education leaders to add their support to National Arts in Education Week. Select the appropriate resolution from the templates below, customize and submit it to your school board, city council, mayor or State House of Representatives.
Bring Attention to the Cause
Join in the national celebration on social media. Let your circle of colleagues, friends and family know you care and bring them into the greater movement! RSVP to our National Arts in Education Week Facebook event (be sure to invite your Facebook friends, too!) and connect with fellow arts ed advocates from around the country.
- During #ArtsEdWeek, be sure to follow be sure to engage with this year's designated campaign, #BecauseOfArtsEd. This is your chance to tell your own personal story of the transformative power of the arts in education on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Post on Facebook. Tell the world your #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo. See more on Facebook.
Send a tweet. Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek. See more on Twitter.
Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek. See more on Instagram
Be sure to check out the #BecauseOfArtsEd blog salon on ARTSblog starting on September 12.
Want to join in the celebration? Let us know by emailing ArtsEducation@artsusa.org for more information on how to get started. We are here to help and look forward to joining together in celebration.