Meeting in Madison wraps up MAAE’s first year of organizing community advocacy
April 29th was the date of its last of seven community meetings MAAE attended and helped organize in 2017-2018. The purpose of each meeting was to create or strengthen the links between communities and their local schools and to discuss new advocacy opportunities. The hosts of each meeting were local community arts organizations, and in some cases the meetings piggybacked on student art exhibits that were already planned. We are so grateful to our hosts and to the community and school teachers who were involved. Each meeting was different, depending on the individual community… but at each one arts students were involved, whose work and voices about how important the arts are to them were inspiring to the community. MAAE also had the opportunity to speak about its statewide advocacy campaigns and to sign people up for emailed advocacy alerts.
Local Advocacy Meetings in 2017-2018 were held in the following communities:
INFO, TIPS AND RESOURCES
*Step by Step – to a Voice for the Arts on your School Board
- Go to a meeting or two to get the feel of it and learn more about what happens and who’s on it.
- Learn more about what the issues have been and who supports what.
- Get an arts ed supporter on the board…
a. Find out if there’s an arts supporter running that you can support or
b. Run yourself or
c. Organize some parents/others… and find someone who’s willing to run