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Arts Advocacy Friday

Let’s switch up this Friday with awesome arts advocacy Friday.

I am a firm believer in advocating for your art program in its own merit, along with teaching your community the importance of the arts with its many connections to all areas of learning. I work very hard to create arts integration opportunities in my school, but ultimately what we do in our classroom is where the magic simply begins.

Are you needing to have some advocacy tools in your tool box? Here is a list of quotes that should help you if need be. Sad that we live in a world where we have to defend something so human, so visceral and so vital to the human experience, isn’t it? Did I get you fired up? Good! We need that energy and passion in art (and all) education these days.


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Use these as the end of an email or hang them on your classroom door, or even better, the teacher’s room or PTO bulletin board. Go get ’em!


“Arts education can improve cognition, promote social relations, stimulate personal development, and foster productivity of citizens “(Hanna, 1992).

“Arts advocates prove that the arts encompass the qualities needed to be part of the competitive fields: problem solving, higher-order thinking, risk-taking, teamwork and creativity” (Hanna, 1992).

“Visual arts cultivate thinking, innovation, and collaboration.” (Fetter, 2012)

“Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes, to make critical judgments and justify such judgments.” (Hetland and Winner, 2007).

“The American Art Therapy Association and Hospital Audiences state that the arts can lower blood pressure and make you healthier. Through the exploration of one’s personal creativity, there is a release of emotion, which therefore leads to a sense of empowerment, a greater self-awareness, an improved self-image and thus, a healthier mental and physical state” (Gee, 2007).

“The arts allow for the identification of talented youngsters whose special abilities may otherwise go unnoticed or unrecognized” (Remer, 1996).

The Arts and Literacy

“When teaching literacy, students need to have the ability to decode, or to understand spatial relationships. For emergent readers, art can act as a universal language that overcomes all language barriers.” (Linderman, 2004)

“When a child is able to literate in the arts, reading becomes a more approachable learning process.”(Richards, 2003)

“Research has found that students who draw their ideas prior to writing the ideas, while also implemented in conjunction with a program that incorporated literacy into the arts, found that students who were 2-5 years behind in reading were up to grade level.”(Hamblen, 1993)

Critical and Creative Thinking

“The arts allow students to be productive, happy and well-adjusted citizens who can think outside of the box.” (Huckabee & Paige, 2005).

“When looking at or making art, students are experiencing a complex cognitive process that involves problem solving, critical thinking and creative thinking. By integrating art into the curriculum, learning is richer and competency scores increase.” (Jensen, 2001).

“The arts are crucial to education because they instill in students the habits of mind that last a lifetime: critical analysis skills, the ability to deal with ambiguity and to solve problems, perseverance and a drive or excellence.” (Huckabee & Paige, 2005).


This is just the tip of the iceberg…..please find your own to add! Get out there and advocate!

Share your favorites below and stay tuned for the best art education books out there!




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