Arts Action Alert 10-29-12:
Before you vote, here's what you need to know about the candidates and the arts
From: Arts Wisconsin (email@example.com)
Monday, October 29, 2012 6:01 AM
Before you vote on November 6 (or earlier), here’s what you need to know about the candidates and the arts
As the November 6 elections draw near, Arts Wisconsin, your statewide arts service, advocacy and development organization, is providing information on statewide and national candidates' positions on the arts, arts education and creative economy, as a service to its statewide constituency. This information is provided for educational purposes and without comment.
Congressional Arts Report Card 2012 access here.
Arts and Culture: Democrats are proud of our support for arts funding and education. We are committed to continuing the policies and programs that have already done so much for our creative arts industry and economy. Investment in the arts strengthens our communities and contributes to our nation's rich cultural heritage. We will continue to support public funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and for programs providing art and music education in primary and secondary schools. The entire nation prospers when we protect and promote the unique and original artistic and cultural contributions of the women and men who create and preserve our nation's heritage.
There are still a few days left in National Arts and Humanities Month, and in the final week before Election Day, this is a great time to reach out to candidate on all levels. Use Arts Wisconsin's Arts Action Resource Guide to connect with your candidates, and read President Obama's National Arts and Humanities Month proclamation here.
It’s every citizen’s right and duty to vote. Please VOTE on or before Tuesday, November 6!
How to contact your representatives Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly contact information: www.legis.wisconsin.gov Contact info for U.S. Senators and House members: www.contactingthecongress.org/
Wisconsin politics and voting websites
The Wheeler Report: www.thewheelerreport.com www.WisPolitics.com Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Election 2012 Center League of Women Voters of WI
Wisconsin Vote Wisconsin Eye Voter Public Access
Arts Action Alerts are a service of Arts Wisconsin and its Legislative Action Center. Arts Wisconsin provides timely and critical information and actions on local and global arts, community and government issues throughout the year. Please forward this email on to colleagues and peers who should have this information, so they can also stay in touch and involved.
Please support Arts Wisconsin's statewide advocacy, service and development programs and services with a membership contribution, so that we can continue to do our work on your behalf especially important at this critical time and so that everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin can continue to participate in and benefit from the arts, culture, creativity and innovation. Many thanks!
Below is the latest Arts Wisconsin News Flash. Click on the photo to link to the site or read below. Stay informed!
Thereʼs no better time than now to advocate for the arts and the relevancy of art education in our schools.
Here are some reminders to increase advocacy for the arts in our schools, districts, and our larger community.
• Know the Stakes - “Who” suffers when art education is cut and/or invalidated
in your school?
• When Opportunity Knocks, Invite it - Use opportunities and experiences in the
classroom to inform and educate others about the higher order merits of
constructed and problem-based learning. Share the learning experience with
• Donʼt Operate on Assumptions - Donʼt assume everyone understands the
relevancy and merits of art & design and art education. We all know how
important it is to “the core,” as well as creative thinking, problem-solving,
creating, and being able to visualize ideas. Spread the word,collaborate, and
• Put it in the News! - Share stories about what is going on in and outside of the
art room. Write a press release and/or publish content so it getʼs out there!
• Stay Connected - Visit NAEAʼs advocacy page to learn more!
• Share It! - Email your stories, rrs feeds, tweets, and more to Lisa Ulik,
Work Together, Create an Arts Community!
Click on the image to link to Arts Wisconsin
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Arts Day in Madison, WI. It was an incredible day of advocacy, sharing, entrepreneurship and networking. If you haven’t gone in the past, consider making it a priority in the future. I walked away from the experience transformed. Before attending I had a difficult time understanding just how much the arts impact the economic climate of our communities and why that is something we can’t afford to ignore.
If you haven’t heard of Arts Day, don’t feel bad...I hadn’t either until this year. Arts Day is organized by Arts Wisconsin, a non-profit arts advocacy organization and resource in Wisconsin. Arts Wisconsin is involved in many partnerships and arts initiatives across the state, including the ArtsBuild SmART Communities Initiative, Wisconsin Common Market, and more.
Who benefits the most from an arts community? The answer is...we all do! In addition, young children, as it provides a rich cultural experience to learning in addition to increasing problem solving skills and forming connections between various disciplines of knowledge. In addition to that, we know arts education experiences greatly effects students from lower socio-economic populations, offering experiential and cross-cultural opportunities in learning. For more information on how arts education effects students and communities visit the Arts America blog: http://blog.artsusa.org/. It is a national resource for arts education research and advocacy.
“Advocacy White Papers for Art Education” are a collection of 14 essays written in response to the NAEA report, Learning in a Visual Age: The Critical Importance of Visual Arts Education. These essays communicate the value of visual arts education in a constantly changing educational environment and demonstrate why visual arts education is important for meeting each student’s educational needs. We urge you to share the White Papers for Art Education with colleagues, policy makers, supervisors and administrators, preservice art educators, and parents.
Click here to read more on NAEA's advocacy page
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