More Than 50 Organizations Unite to Advocate for Arts Education

More Than 50 Organizations Unite to Advocate for Arts Education

June 3, 2020

A group of more than 50 arts and education organizations released a statement, “Arts Education Is Essential,” underscoring the role that the arts have played—both during the ongoing health crisis as well as its importance in general for all students, “including those who are in traditionally underrepresented groups.” The joint statement calls on policymakers and the general public to consider the critical role of arts education, reminding readers that it is “part of a well-rounded education as defined by the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and supported in state laws throughout the country.” Nationwide, 46 states require an arts credit in order to graduate from high school while 43 require arts instruction in elementary and secondary schools.