Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor Designate Arts in Education Week

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education asked Governor John Kasich to designate the week of September 9, 2012 as Arts in Education Week in Ohio to coincide with National Arts in Education Week as designated in US House Concurrent Resolution 275 (July 26, 2010). We are pleased to share with you that our request has been agreed to with much enthusiasm!

Christy Farnbauch, President of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education said of the designation at both the state and national levels that; “Arts in Education Week is an opportunity to inform the public about the value and the role that the arts play in a complete education. This occasion provides a platform to highlight the successes of our most creative and innovative learners and educators.”

The Governor noted in this designation, “During this week we encourage all Ohioans to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful college- and career-ready students. Arts education, comprised of a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.”

U.S. House Concurrent Resolution 275 states that the nonprofit arts sector contributes to the economy and plays an important role in the economic health of communities large and small with direct expenditures of wages and benefits as well as goods and services. The study of the arts equips students with a creative and competitive edge in today’s economy to masterfully use words, images, sounds, and movement to communicate, create, and innovate.

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is joined in recognizing Arts in Education Week by the following statewide education organizations, which represent policy-makers, educators, administrators, parents, students, community, and arts organizations in Ohio: the State Board of Education, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding, Ohio Dance, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers, Ohio School Boards Association, and the Ohio School Psychologists Association.

Donna Collins, Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, said, “We extend our gratitude to Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Taylor for their response to our request for this annual designation in support of Arts Education in Ohio.”

Wondering how you can get involved?

Everyone can:
1. Write an editorial for the local paper discussing the significant impact arts education has had on you, your child, and/or community. Consider writing about the arts as part of a complete education.
2. Give a copy of the Proclamation (found on the last page of this document) to businesses in your community to display in their windows or information bulletin boards.
3. Encourage teachers and school administrators to incorporate Arts in Education Week in school activities the week of September 9th. (Ex. Announce Arts in Education Week prior to the marching band’s halftime show at the football game; include information about Arts in Education Week on the school/district website; send a special message home to families about Arts in Education Week.)
4. Write to elected officials (school board members, city council, Ohio House and Senate members, the Governor, etc.) detailing the significance of arts education as a part of a complete education. Arts in Education Week can be a basis for your correspondence.

Teachers can:
1. Share the Arts in Education Week proclamation with students, the school principal, and district superintendent.
2. Incorporate the Arts in Education Week proclamation into government/social studies classes describing the proclamation process.
3. Ask principals to include the Arts in Education Week proclamation in the student and staff announcements the week of September 9, 2012.
4. Ask students to design ‘frames’ around their own copy of the proclamation and then display them in the classroom and hallways, and eventually send them home.
5. Design a hallway bulletin board celebrating Arts in Education Week.
6. Ask middle and high school principals to work with athletic directors to make announcements about Arts in Education Week before the marching band halftime show at the football game and other sports activities, the week of September 9th.
7. Work with English teachers to support students in writing articles for the school or local newspapers commemorating Arts in Education Week.

Principals and Administrators can:
1. Celebrate Arts in Education Week by making the proclamation a part of student announcements.
2. Ask the superintendent to present the Arts in Education Week proclamation to the school board at their September meeting.

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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, The John F. Kennedy Center, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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