Because the arts play a critical role in a quality education. Research shows that arts education:
Fosters creativity and innovative thinking.
Helps students communicate a variety of messages.
Improves student achievement in other disciplines.
Advances problem-solving and cognitive skills.
Enhances cultural understanding.
Increases attendance and graduation rates.

Chances are, you already know the value of the arts. You probably already support the arts in your own way. This handy toolkit for arts advocacy provides the facts, tips and tools to take your support to a higher level.

Our students need the arts. In too many districts, arts programs become the first cuts as budgets shrink and levies fail. You can help build support for arts education -- at your school, in your community, with decision makers and legislators.

Our children need your help. How will you speak up for the arts?