Arts Advocacy Day brought thousands of arts education advocates from across America to the Nation’s Capital on April 9th. Armed with an ever-increasing body of research-based evidence about the contributions that arts education makes to a well-rounded education for all students, the advocates reminded members of Congress that supporting arts education is a smart, pay-forward investment in every child’s education and future.
This year’s advocates were especially inspired to make their case. Each Arts Advocacy Day is preceded by the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and this year’s lecturer, world-renown cellist and arts educator Yo-Yo Ma, focused on the need for arts education in his “Art for Life’s Sake” lecture before a capacity audience at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall.
Click here to learn more about the case for the arts in a well-rounded education and digital clearinghouses of research evidence and instructional resources, as well as to view Yo-Yo Ma’s extraordinary lecture, in “Arts Education and Advocacy: An Investment in Every Child’s Future” by OII’s Doug Herbert.