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Champions working for access, quality, and equity in arts education in NJ!

GREAT JOB CHAMPIONS! S3081 passed!

URGENT ADVOCACY NEEDED NOW!

School Budget Cuts May Affect Arts Education

1. FIND OUT: Is your 2024/2025 school budget being cut?

→ Contact your school board to find out. Don’t know how? Search the internet for contact info.

→ Get a copy of the proposed school district budget

→ Find your school district in this “New Jersey proposed school aid, 2024-2025” chart and see if there are any proposed funding cuts

2. ATTEND School Board meetings/hearings

→ Use what you found out to advocate to protect or grow your arts education programs in your school / district.

→ Bring other parents / students who care about arts education so they can voice their support

3. AMPLIFY Your Voice

Tell us what’s happening locally

→ Post what’s happening on social media so others can know! Be sure to tag @artsednj, and use #artsednow4all and #artsednj

According to state reporting, 51,754 STUDENTS in NJ schools have NO ACCESS TO ARTS COURSES AT SCHOOL. Every student needs access NOW!
It’s the law. The NJ Core Student Learning Standards specify that instruction in 5 arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, & visual arts) be provided throughout K-12 grades in school. Not all schools that offer arts education include all arts disciplines - and they should.
Students should have a say in the policies that affect how arts education is delivered in their schools. Student Champions are at the heart of Arts Ed Now & For All! Through the campaign they can learn advocacy skills to amplify their voice and make lasting impact on arts education programs.
According to state reporting, 51,754 STUDENTS in NJ schools have NO ACCESS TO ARTS COURSES AT SCHOOL. Every student needs access NOW!
It’s the law. The NJ Core Student Learning Standards specify that instruction in 5 arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, & visual arts) be provided throughout K-12 grades in school. Not all schools that offer arts education include all arts disciplines - and they should.
Students should have a say in the policies that affect how arts education is delivered in their schools. Student Champions are at the heart of Arts Ed Now & For All! Through the campaign they can learn advocacy skills to amplify their voice and make lasting impact on arts education programs.
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3 WAYS TO START YOUR ADVOCACY

Here's how you can start to advocate for access, quality & equity in arts education in your school:

Know Your Arts Education Rights

Did you know? EVERY NJ School MUST offer arts classes
Verify what your school is offering with your school's admin or check their website to get up to date info
Help Close the Access Gap

Attend School Arts Events & Tell Others About Them

• Share on Your Socials
• Add Events to the Calendar
See the Calendar Here

Sign Up & Speak Up

Track Your Progress in the Champion Central!

ACTIVATE YOUR PASSION

Here are 6 ways you can take your arts ed advocacy to a higher level:

Attend A School Board Meeting

Stay up-to-date on the status of Arts Education in your community!

Share Your Stories

Use the "Curtain Rise" Advocacy Tools to Get the Word Out

Attend Arts Ed Champion Meet Ups

Connect with other Arts Ed Champions!
See Upcoming Events

Get Help

Write Your Local Officials

Let them know how much arts education MATTERS to their community!

BUILD YOUR ADVOCACY MUSCLES

with our Champion Tools & Resources

Advocate for Your School's Arts Education Budget

Speak Up at Your School Board Meeting

• Sign Up to Share Your Support for Arts Education
• Share How Arts Education Has Impacted You and the Students in Your Life

View and Attend Action Labs

Develop and practice your skills to advance your arts education programs!
Get More Info and Register

Track Your Progress in the

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