US NMC co-sponsors Arts Advocacy Day

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newslogoTuesday, April 17th, is Arts Advocacy Day in the US. A day when supporters of the arts and arts education gather on Capitol Hill to speak to legislators about the importance of the arts in our nation and schools. As co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day, the Board of the US NMC drafted a message to the attention of policy makers in Washington about how much the arts impact our society and economy. In this message the Board of Directors of the National Music Council urges the Congress to support a budget of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the Fiscal Year 2013 Interior Appropriations bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and to advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.

The Board also urges in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to retain the  arts in the definition of core academic subjects and strengthen equitable access to arts learning through the following actions:
by requiring states to report annually on student access to, and participation in, all core academic subjects.
by improving success in school, work, and life for all students, including those with disabilities, by strengthening arts education in provisions relating to afterschool/extended learning, teaching effectiveness, school turnaround, charter schools, and student assessment.
by improving the U.S. Department of Education's national data collection regarding what students know and are able to do in the arts and the conditions for teaching and learning in arts education.

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