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. Passed 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, 2022. Save the date for future celebrations:

  • September 10 - 16, 2023
  • September 8 - 14, 2024

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 local celebrations in their communities across the country. This year, local communities can host virtual celebrations and events to advocate for arts education. Whether a performance, exhibit, class or open house, local celebrations are a great way to bring attention to the cause of arts education.

  1. Be sure to find or share virtual celebrations for the week of September 11 – 17, 2022 with others on ArtsMeet National Event Calendar. If you are hosting a virtual celebration, make sure to list it on the calendar for others to find!
  2. Download and use the logo. The branding for 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 logo file collection ZIP based on your needs. 
  3. Check out the talking points that you can use when writing remarks to be delivered during your celebration, in an op-ed you write in your local paper, or in your communications strategy.

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.

  • Submit an Op-Ed to your local newspapers.
  • Use this opportunity to speak to your education leaders about the importance of arts education. You can use the collection of tools and resources in the Arts Education Action Kit. 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. The Encourage Creatitivy: Teach the Arts campaign also provides videos and fact sheets to share with decisionmakers.
  • Then, ask your local education leaders pass a resolution to add their support to National Arts in Education Week. Use our draft resolution template, customize and submit it to local, regional, and state leaders to approve, including your school board, city council, local or state arts agency, 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!

  • First, check out the Social Media How To Guide for participating in the week-long #BecauseOfArtsEd social media campaign.
  • 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, share a video or picture, of the transformative power of the arts in education on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube 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

  • Post a video. Capture your #BecauseOfArtsEd story on video and share it with the world. Be sure to include #ArtsEdWeek and #BecauseOfArtsEd in the description and share it on social media. See more on YouTube