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National Arts in Education Week is a nationwide celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education.

Passed by Congress in 2010, this week is designated to highlight the benefits of and need for the arts in education so that elected officials and educational decision-makers nationwide can find ways to support equitable arts access for students of all backgrounds.

During this week, Americans for the Arts will amplify the value of the arts in education through a series of activities. Here are ways to support Arts in Education Week in 2023:

Monday, September 11:

National Arts in Education Week kick-off conversation at Anacostia’s We Act Radio studios with D.C. arts and community leaders, including:

Kristina Noell, Executive Director, Anacostia BID

Christie Walser, Executive Director, Project Create

Mazi Mutafa, Executive Director, Words, Beats & Life

Ashlee McKinnon, Director of Education Programs, DC Collaborative for Arts & Humanities; and 

Tooshar Swain, Director of Public Policy, Americans for the Arts

Hosted by artist, activist, and co-founder of We Act Radio, Kymone Freeman.

Check out our Social Media pages for the recording!  



Learn more about the Arts ARE Education Campaign

The National Coalition for Arts Standards (NCAS) is the sponsoring organization of the Arts ARE Education initiative, providing advocacy tools throughout the year. 


Join our Webinar!  

Americans for the Arts hosts a National Arts in Education Webinar with experts exploring the challenges and opportunities for arts education this year. 

Urge your members of Congress to support the Arts Education for All Act, the most comprehensive arts education legislation in Congress.

Download and use our social media toolkit!  Help promote Arts in Education Week and the importance of arts education in a child’s life. 


For more on Arts Education available here