I have no idea when and where my local school board meets and that’s a problem I need to fix. Many school districts have an email list that will deliver a copy of the upcoming agenda right to your inbox so you can check for when budgetary or arts education issues are on the table. Then you have to show up. And it helps if you invite a friend or two to join you. When public comment is appropriate, stand up and say your piece. If your schedule does not permit your attendance, write a letter or leave a voice mail for your board members to make sure they know of your concerns.
What other ways have you found as a parent to advocate for arts education?
Deb Vaughn is Arts Education/Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission.
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of Deb Vaughn’s series honoring parent advocacy for National Arts in Education Week. Yesterday, Deb encouraged us to make informed, careful decisions at the polls. This series is expanded from Deb’s recent blog entry for Americans for the Arts.
Read entries from earlier in the series: