Advocacy Resources

ArtsEdSearch, a national hub for research on the impact of arts education, includes studies on student achievement and success, effective educators and school leaders, the teaching and learning environment, and more. 

The Advocate Hub at Americans for the Arts includes news and updates, a legislative issue center, facts and figures, and an advocacy toolkit.

The Kennedy Center provides a diverse array of information that can be useful when advocating for arts education such as Speak up for the Arts, an article that helps parents become advocates for arts education and includes advice for beginning and experienced parent advocates, education research, and information on Turnaround Arts, a program that transforms schools through the strategic use of the arts.

Arts Education Partnership is a national network of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing arts education. Recent reports include Centering Student Voices to Transform Educational Systems and Components of an Arts Education and Student Wellness Ecosystem. The ArtsScan web page allows visitors to scan and compare arts education policies in different states.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is the professional association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. It  works with state agencies to advance the arts. The website includes resources for research, advocacy, and networking.

SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, periodically publishes reports on arts education. Creativity Challenge: The State of Arts Education in California examines the state of arts education in California and how it has changed since 2007. An off-shoot of this report focuses on Court and Community Schools and examines what access students in these schools have to sequential standards based arts education. A third and related report focuses on the role of county offices of education in California. This report finds that, though there are disparities in capacity, county offices are a critical piece of the arts education ecosystem.

The mission of VSA Arts is focused on providing arts and education opportunities for people of all abilities. It includes resources for educators and parents.