Democracyworks is the Educational Theatre Association's student essay competition sponsored by Concord Theatricals. The program was founded in 2009 to support and grow student advocacy on behalf of theatre and other arts education. Since then, hundreds of students have written essays on topics ranging from the importance of diversity to the value of theatre education in a democratic society. Each year's winner earns the right to take part in the National Arts Action Summit (formerly known as Arts Advocacy Day), in Washington, D.C., and visit with legislators to talk about the value of arts education

The National Arts Action Summit, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., based Americans for the Arts, brings together arts advocates from throughout the country to meet with legislators on behalf of a wide range of arts issues, including arts education. The essay competition winner must be available to attend the two-day event. The winning essayist takes part in all scheduled Arts Advocacy Day events, including legislative training on current arts issues circulating on Capitol Hill and visits to representatives’ and senators’ offices; among other activities. The winning essayist will also receive a cash prize of $250 and will be published on The first runner-up essayist will be awarded $150, and second runner-up $100.

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