Join Arts Advocacy Day from Your Desk (or Couch)
As Congress returns to work in Washington, DC, this week they will face more than just angry tourists who came to see the not-quite-in-bloom cherry blossoms.
Today, advocates are receiving training from experts and tomorrow 500 arts advocates from across the country (and even Japan!) will take to the Hill on behalf of their local arts and arts education programs.
The good news is that you don't have to be here to participate (although we'd love you to come next year!). In fact, you can pick and choose your ways to support the arts over the next two days.
1. Send a letter to your member of Congress! Head over to our Action Center and send an email stating your case for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, arts education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, and encouraging their participation in the House Arts and STEAM Caucuses.
2. Watch the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy live online! At 6:30 p.m. EDT join us live as we stream Yo-Yo Ma's lecture and performance tonight via our YouTube channel. You won't want to miss his inspiring story!
3. Check out our revised Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2013! Our data guru, Randy Cohen, has authored a new list of reasons to support the arts. You can even download a PDF copy to bring to your next advocacy meeting.
4. Join a Google Hangout with Yo-Yo Ma, Matt Sorum, Damien Woetzel, and Lisa Phillips! Tomorrow morning (April 9) at 10:30 a.m. EDT join our own President & CEO Robert Lynch for a moderated discussion about arts and arts education. You can participate via Google+ or YouTube!
5. Read our Arts Education Navigator: Facts & Figures and Arts Education Field Guide resources! These two documents provide the reader with statistics supporting the need for arts education in schools and the ecosystem of players, partners, and policymakers involved in arts education.
Be sure to return to ARTSblog periodically over the next several days as more content about Arts Advocacy Day 2013 is published!