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 arts importance to a well-rounded education.  Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention of this cause to 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.

For the arts education professionals, we will have a full listing of events soon, but you can see last year's events here.

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.

  1. Be sure to find or share celebrations for the week of September 11 - 17, 2016 with others on Americans for the Arts’ ArtsMeet National Event Calendar
  2. Download and use the logo. The brand of National Arts in Education Week is shared for all to use. Be sure to place this logo on any event posters, websites or public awareness campaigns you promote.

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.

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!

  • During #ArtsEdWeek, be sure to follow @Americans4Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and upload your favorite arts education moments.
  • Show us a picture of student artwork or a performance with #EncourageCreativity.
  • Or tell us about an arts educator who made a difference with #TeachTheArts.
  • Americans for the Arts is getting the campaign started with our new Encourage Creativity video series.