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Invite an Elected Official to Your School (or Community Site)

Are there great examples of Arts Education happening at your school or community site? Invite your elected official to join you!

Our sincere thanks to the California Alliance for Arts Education for permission to adapt and use the great resources they have developed for this process. None of us has time to reinvent the wheel, but not all of us are generous enough to share our work so that others don’t have to. We truly appreciate their kindness.

Any time is a great time to invite elected officials to visit an arts classroom, exhibit or performance--but March is a particularly good time, since it's Arts in the Schools and Youth Arts Month!

The challenge: The New Hampshire Arts Learning Network invites you to join our statewide campaign to bring elected officials into our schools to witness the power of learning in and through the arts. The opportunity to witness students’ creativity, engagement, learning and joy has great impact on any observer.

Federal, state and local elected officials have to make difficult decisions about education, including arts education programs. Help us demonstrate the value of arts education, so that arts programs can survive and thrive.  

Here’s how you can get involved: Coordinate with interested educators, administrators, parents and community members to invite your state and local elected officials to experience arts learning at your school (or at other arts education sites). You can invite members of your school board, select board, your mayor or city council, as well as county commissioners, state representatives, state senator, executive councilor – and federal officials, too.

Arts Learning Toolkit: Use this step-by-step online guide for planning a visit by an elected official to a classroom or other site in your community. Click on the left-hand menu items for all the tools you need, including:

·      Organizing the visit

·      Sample invitation

·      Sample press release

·      Publicity guidelines

·      Talking points on the value of arts education

Stay in touch with the Arts Learning Network:  We want to hear about your events before, during and after. Your feedback is critical to helping us grow this statewide effort.

Copyright 2014 NH Arts Learning Network