Celebrating Arts in Education Week: “I wish all kids could have Art in Action!”
In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week” to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students.
Now five years later and several weeks into a new school year, we have a good vantage point to see how much progress has been made at valuing the critical role that arts education can play for our students. From our perspective the word is spreading. Every day we add new schools and hundreds of students to the Art in Action community. These schools are fortunate to have the resources to implement our program.
Yet, the unfortunate reality is that we receive hundreds of calls from parents and teachers who want our program but don’t have the financial or volunteer resources to bring it to their schools. As a friend of a nonprofit organization whose mission is to give all kids access to an arts education, you can help us change that.
We have just kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for up to twenty schools that have passionately told us that they want an art program like Art in Action but simply can’t afford it. For every $10 we receive from passionate supporters like you, one child will receive a complete art education for an entire year. One of our Art in Action teachers recently told us, “Without funding for the Art in Action program, our students would never have this rich opportunity to learn through art. Most of them know something about art of their own culture, but this program opens their eyes to other cultures, something they rarely get to do.”
Help us reach our goal to give 2,000 students art this school year by making a donation today and by spreading the word. Share our campaign on your social media networks and tell your friends why you support Art in Action. There’s no better time to take action than during this week that reminds that art IS education.