Arts in Education Week: Get Involved and Make Your Voice Heard!


This Arts in Education Week, Executive Director Susan Lape offers suggestions for how individuals can get involved in the important national conversation around funding and support for the arts.

CYSO Executive Director Susan Lape with Chief Operating Officer Brian Baxter

Here at CYSO, we believe the arts are essential for society to function, and we are strong advocates for arts education for children of every age. Studies have shown that students with an arts rich education:

  • Have better grade point averages
  • Score better on standardized tests in reading and math
  • Have lower dropout rates

CYSO and communities across the country have joined together this week to shares stories of the transformative power of the arts in honor of Arts in Education Week!

A crucial part of this story is the role we each play as advocates for arts funding at the state and federal levels. We need everyone who values arts education to make your voice heard this week and all year long. Get involved with some of the organizations below to join the national conversation about arts education!

Arts Alliance Illinois

Arts Alliance Illinois is the state’s leading voice for the arts and arts education. Through advocacy, research, and collaboration, they give voice to a creative state. Founded in 1982 by a small group of arts and arts administrators, the Alliance now has hundreds of member organizations from across Illinois, and has become the largest statewide arts advocacy network in the country. Through research, close collaboration with policymakers and public agencies, and robust communications, the Alliance advances support of all the arts, enhances the health of the arts and cultural sector, and fosters a climate in which the broadest spectrum of artistic expression can flourish.

Check out: Illinois Arts Advocacy Resources

Americans for the Arts Action Fund

The Arts Action Fund is a national arts advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the arts in America. They mobilize communities in  support of the arts and arts education around the country, including promoting policies that support every child’s right to comprehesive arts education, access to affordable arts programs for individuals and families, and building political influence to ensure bipartisan support for the arts.

Check out: Arts Action Center

League of American Orchestras

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America (including CYSO, of course!) runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a hub of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement.

Check out: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy and Opportunities to Make Your Voice Heard


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