In 2016 MAAE transformed its annual Advocacy Day at the Statehouse to fully represent the whole state. Arts students from around the state were invited to advocate one-on-one with their district legislative representatives. MAAE also created a statewide display of community support for arts education in the Hall of Flags, organizing the tables to represent each county, and offering community arts organizations in each county an opportunity to link up with and host their county’s student delegation. Another change was the interaction of the students themselves. Besides programming student performances for the legislators after the morning session in the chambers, the students were invited to organize group arts activities so that they could meet and interact with each other while the legislators were still upstairs. For more about our 2017 Advocacy Day, click here!