Greetings from Harrisburg. The Education Policy and Leadership Center presents the Arts and Education Policy Report, which represents the culmination of the Arts and Education Initiative's (AEI's) year-one activity.
Creating Pennsylvania's Future Through the Arts and Education includes extensive reporting on the state of arts education in Pennsylvania's schools and communities. In addition, the report includes recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders to better support high-quality arts learning in our state.
As we share the Report this week, the anticipation of elections and budgetary negotiations pervade the day. There is perhaps no better time than now to begin strategic effort articulating why it is so crucial that state government support the arts and arts education consistently, creatively, and predictably. To be effective arts leaders as individuals at the local level, we need increased awareness and support from our state legislators. The coming months are fertile with opportunity to build new relationships with state leaders that will impact our cause in both the long and the short term. Public policy is a major factor in our ability to ensure that all Pennsylvanians are presented with high-quality experiences to learn and grow through the arts.
EPLC's Report offers the arts and the education communities a rich base from which joint advocacy activity can grow. Before we will achieve our objective of bringing high-quality arts learning opportunities to all citizens, we need to raise public and policymaker awareness about the fundamental role the arts play in PK-12 education and in community life. Building the will of policymakers to pay attention to the arts and speak up about their multi-faceted importance is our immediate challenge, and that effort will be supported by the information and recommendations provided in the Report.
Please continue to follow AEI on Facebook and Twitter (#EPLCarts) to stay apprised of arts and education activity and news--and to share your ideas about supporting arts learning in communities across the Commonwealth.
Visit aei-pa.org to access the full Policy Report in PDF form. Stay tuned, too, for the dates and locations of EPLC's next series of Arts and Education Regional Community Forums, which will take place across the state in March, April, and May.
We thank you sincerely for your ongoing commitment to arts learning in Pennsylvania and your contributions to the Arts and Education Initiative.
Director, Arts and Education Initiative