Advocacy Update: March 26, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 03-26-2019 08:10


EdTA Advocacy Update

March 26, 2019


The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.




Chapter Director Elections Update

Congratulations to the following who will begin/continue to serve as chapter director August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2023.



For Third Year in a Row, Trump’s Budget Plan Eliminates Arts, Public TV and Library Funding

For the third time in as many years, the White House has proposed a federal budget that would shutter the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — which supports PBS and NPR — and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (Washington Post)

New Report Found That the Arts Contributed to More Than $760 Billion to the US Economy

‘The robust data present in the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account show through hard evidence how and where arts and culture contribute value to the economies of communities throughout the nation,’ said previous NEA Chairman Jane Chu in a statement. (Art Critique)



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California: SF Board of Education to Vote on Proposal to Defund the Arts (ABC-7)

Idaho: Pullman High May See Some Drama (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Illinois: Hamilton’s Education Program Continues Its Third Year in Chicago (Go Pride Chicago)

$2.3M Grant Will Help Incorporate Arts into All Areas of Education in Park Forest, Chicago Heights Schools (Chicago Tribune)

Maryland: MD Parents, Advocates Rally for Education Funding: ‘It’s Time’ (Washington Informer)

Mississippi: Seven Arts Educators to Receive the Arts Institute’s 2019 AIM Awards (Southern Miss Now)

Montana: Arts & Education: Laughter is the Best Medicine (KPAX-8)

New Jersey: Princeton Native Brings Kids Hip-Hop Program to Local Schools (Patch)

New York: More Than 2,000 NYC Public School Students Will Be Invited Behind the Scenes of Broadway’s King Kong (Playbill)

New York Plans to Offer New Arts Options for Pathways to Graduation (Chalkbeat)

North Carolina: House to Vote on Bill to Make Arts Education a Requirement (Winston-Salem Journal)

March Designated Arts in Our Schools Month (The Dispatch)

South Carolina: Columbia Woman Brings the Arts to Underserved Children (WIS-10)

Washington D.C.: Performing Arts School Selects Flexible Meyer Sound System (AV Magazine)



India: How Art Education in India is Witnessing a Remarkable Shift (Financial Express)

Zimbabwe: What is Killing Zimbabwean Theatre? (The Sunday Mail)



Balance Arts, Academics, and Athletics for Students to Reach Their Full Potential

As demand for highly-trained STEM professionals increases, some fear the arts will be abandoned entirely. After all, what good is teaching students to code if they don’t know how to communicate? (Study International)

Link Arts and STEM to Help Students Steam Ahead

“Looking at what are the opportunities we actually have to work together with different departments, to bring out a lot of the benefits we that have in our digital technology and our creativity and our ability to collaborate do work that advances things.” (Tes)

Macklemore Talks Arts Education, Dad Life and His Return to the Studio

ET caught up with the 35-year-old rapper over the phone earlier this month, and he opened up about his family, his passion for the arts and when fans can expect new music. Arts education has always been important to Macklemore, largely because of how much it benefited him growing up. (Entertainment Tonight)