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We are in the 2nd year of a two year term for House Representatives, and many Senate seats are also up this election cycle. Voting and advocating is of the utmost importance as this is an election year. There are two caucuses that are of importance when advocating for the Arts.
Currently, the Congressional Arts Congress Caucus is led by Rep. Elise Stefanik(R-NY) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME). The Senate Cultural Caucus led by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Susan Collins(R-ME). Again, this will change in January when the new Congress takes office. For up-to-date committee assignments go here
The House appropriations committee is another committee of note as representation could change in November. The House of Representatives appropriations committee is led by the Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)
What you can do:
Sign up for Congress email alerts
Find your Representatives or Senators Many also have individual websites, facebook pages and twitter feeds. Ask your members to join the Arts, Cultural, or Arts and Steam Caucuses(co-chaired by both a Democrat and a Republican)
Find your Americans for the Arts state captain and other resources here
National Partners of Americans for the Arts here
Buy the Arts Advocacy Day Handbook here
Look at Arts, Culture and Education parts of the Democratic Platform, unveiled during the National Convention here (Currently has the 2016 platform, return for updates after August 17th)
To find a schedule of Arts bills, resolutions and laws and their progress here
1. The Office of Arts and special Projects at the NYC DOE has sent up the following google classrooms, which contain lesson plans posted weekly and links to resources. They codes are here:
PreK Google Classroom Code:
K-2 Google Classroom Code:
3-5 Google Classroom Code:
6-8 Google Classroom Code:
9-12 Google Classroom Code:
2. Dance NYC
Dance/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization https://www.dance.nyc/equity/values
They have a wonderful advocacy video, Artists are necessary workers, here: https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=%23artistsarenecessaryworkers
The have published a Covid-19 Preparedness Resources guide here: https://www.dance.nyc/for-artists/resource-pages/COVID-19Resources
And Covid-19 relief fund info here: https://www.dance.nyc/programs/funds/CoronavirusDanceReliefFund
3. Gibney Dance has published a Covid-19 resource list here: https://gibneydance.org/covid-19-resource-list/ And has presented Town Halls and free virtual programming.
4. New York State Council on the Arts Covid 19 resources here: https://arts.ny.gov/resources/COVID-19-Resources
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NYSDEA Board Member, Daniel Reichert, shares his experience from the capitol on Arts Advoacy Day this year:
"Americans for the Arts Arts Advocacy Day was a huge success. NYSDEA sent three representatives to make sure that dance education in New York is being considered by lawmakers and recognized by other arts organizations across the nation. Over 500 people showed up to lobby for the arts, including more than 70 national partners. Members of NYSDEA were seen in over 15 congressional offices and the senate, where we advocated on behalf of dance education and arts funding in general. The specific points asked for included re-branding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM, the new A standing for Art!
We also asked for increased funding to the NEA, reauthorizing the Every Student Succeeds Act to replace No Child Left Behind and support for charitable deductions, which are a great source of revenue for arts organizations. Members also had opportunities to share stories of how dance and dance education made a positive impact on their lives and communities.
NYSDEA was invited to the White House for a press briefing on the state of the Arts in the US. The first thing at the conference was a showing of this clip marking dance as important to this administration. The general trend had been decreased funding to arts and education, though through lobbying and a better understanding of the importance of art to our culture, the administration is interested in changing that trend. While arts education in general and dance specifically are still in need of greater recognition for the benefits we provide, some serious steps were made at Advocacy Day."
This completed Vision Document was presented to DANCE 2050 participants at the 2014 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) National Conference in Chicago, IL. Those attending, along with those contributing electronically, reviewed the document and voted to accept it as a shared vision of those participating in the blind reviewed DANCE 2050 project.
You can find the whole document here:Vision Document Dance 2050
The Arts Education Partnership’s latest research bulletin, , Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP's ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation's first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities. Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free! Tweet about it using the hashtag #ArtsFosterSuccess.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) released a narrative framework document detailing the rationale, goals, and strategy of the new National Standards for Arts Education currently being written by five arts discipline teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning was formally released during the January 18-20 meeting of the coalition’s leadership and writing teams at the New York City headquarters of The College Board. Follow the link above to find the full document. The video of the release presentation is archivedhereon the NCCAS website.
A significant body of research shows that students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English language learners, and students with special needs—often underserved in public schools—show the greatest relative improvement in academic achievement when participating in the arts. Research also finds that English language learners are significantly more likely to pursue a college degree if they attend an arts-rich high school (Catterall, 2009).
In December 2012, the Department of Education hosted a panel discussion on the intersection of the arts and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The panel was moderated by Scott Jones, the Arts Education Partnership’s Senior Associate for Research and Policy and featured Scott Norton, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Standards, Assessments, and Accountability, Council of Chief State School Officers; Scott Shuler, Arts Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education; and Denise Brandenburg, Arts Education Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts. The webinar discussed the development and implementation of the CCSS, their overlap with the artistic disciplines, and other topics. Click here for a recording of the webinar.Common Core Standards and the Arts
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