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Preparing for Youth Arts Month

Are you ready to celebrate the Arts in your school in March?

You can be an arts advocate in your school in March -- and throughout the year. Consider inviting elected officials such as school board members or local legislators to a school performance or to simply spend time observing students engaged in creative activities. Use our  Arts Learning Toolkit  to help you organize and plan for your event. Don’t hesitate:

For more ideas, check out these websites:

National Association for Music Education:

What is Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)?

Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is NAfME’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. 

Music In Our Schools Month® began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
How can I get involved in Music In Our Schools Month®?

Music teachers celebrate MIOSM in many ways by offering special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring their music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

NAfME provides many special resources for teachers and schools to use in their concerts, lessons, and advocacy events that highlight the importance of school music.

National Art Education Association:

What is Youth Art Month? (YAM)

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. 

The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

See more at:

Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOS)

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has announced a partnership with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) to sponsor Theatre in Our Schools, a campaign designed to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. Theatre in Our Schools presentations and advocacy may happen anytime in schools, theatres, and other public spaces. However, AATE and EdTA will recognize and promote March as the official Theatre in Our Schools month, with a series of community- and school-based events and celebrations nationwide.

The partnership between EdTA and AATE follows the two organizations’ successful collaboration in creating the new National Core Theatre Standards. The two groups will coordinate Theatre in Our Schools, popularly known as TIOS, together, sharing resources and promotion. EdTA’s coordination of TIOS will be led by student Thespians, with management and guidance provided by the International Thespian Officers.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

Advocate in your school and your community. Celebrate the achievements of your students and the impact dance has on their education.

a.Consider starting a chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts at your school or studio (click here for more information). By recognizing the artistic and academic achievements of exceptional dance students, you help to honor the field of dance education overall and improve our image to those outside the field.

b.Help your students become docents of their learning. Empower them to understand and articulate the importance of dance in their education to their parents, friends, classmates, teachers, and school leaders.

c.Incorporate advocacy efforts in your curriculum. Have students write letters to government officials or the editors of local newspapers in support of dance and dance education. For sample assignments, click here. 

More ideas available on the website: National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)


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