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Call to Action: #SAVEtheNEA

Dear MAEA member,

You may have already read the headlines. The President’s FY18 proposed budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. As an art educator, we know you understand the power of Art. At a time when our nation and our state is divided, you know that engaging with Art develops empathetic awareness and understanding of society, culture, and history. NOW IS THE TIME TO EMBRACE THE ARTS…NOT ERASE THEM!

The National Endowment for the Arts plays a critical role in making the Arts accessible everyone – including our students right here in Maryland.

In recent years, the NEA has supported Arts Education in Maryland by awarding 128 grants worth over $500,000 to fund programing that supports local schools and students.

Every legislative district in Maryland has benefitted from an NEA grant. The NEA’s current budget is $148 million, which is just .004% of the total federal budget. That’s about 47 cents per American.

What can you do about this? You’re an educator – so educate. MAEA is asking you to instruct Congress as to why they should reject this proposal. Contact your representatives and explain why ART MATTERS. Convince Congress that eliminating the NEA would have devastating consequences that would negatively impact our culture, our economy, and the quality education accessible to our students.

How can you take action? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Customize a message to send to your elected representative via the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.

2. Change the subject on BOTH messages to Save the NEA – MD students need ART.

One message will be sent to the House and one to the Senate.

After the opening line:

"As your constituent, I urge you to reject the misguided proposal from the Administration to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)."

Add a personal message about the positive impact art has had on you, your students, and/or you community. Tell them why you teach art and why it’s important in our schools.

3. Share this call to action with through social media using #SAVEtheNEA

Now is the time to bring your passion to activism for your students.

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  Did You Know?

Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:

•4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
•3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
•4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
•3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
•4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

•Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
•Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
•Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
•Perform community service more than four times as often(“Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations,” Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998)

The facts are that arts education…

•makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries(Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School, James S. Catterall, The UCLA Imagination Project, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, Americans for the ArtsMonograph, January 1998)
•has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in afterschool and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention(YouthARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts)

Businesses understand that arts education…

•builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community
•strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
•helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond
•can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning •provides another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations
•helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them
•helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done

(Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma, “Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative”)

New Report - Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools.

Arts Education Navigator - Facts and Figures


The Transformative Power of the Arts in Closing the Achievement Gap


Advocacy Links

Click on the links below.

Crayola Champion Creatively Alive

AEMS - Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

Arts Education Partnership

National Art Education Association

Arts Task Force

Big Thought Wallace 8

Young Audiences of Maryland

National Visual Arts Standards Resources

National Core Arts Standards

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Learning in a Visual Age

NAEA White Papers for Art Education

Advocacy Resources