National Arts in Education Week Celebrated locally and marking the new Every Child Succeeds ActWith nearly unanimous support from the House and Senate, President Obama signed into law the legislation to be known as Every Child Succeeds Act on December 10, 2015. This week, we ask our community to support what this means for the arts during the school day as our country celebrates National Arts in Education Week September 11 – 17, 2016. The big news for children and families, is that the Every Child Succeeds Act defines a “well-rounded education” as one that includes music and the arts. This is a change, and an opportunity for our region’s schools to embrace the importance of the arts in our children’s education.” Cynnie Gaasch, Executive Director Young Audiences WNY Young Audiences, working in collaboration with many of our region’s cultural organizations is pleased to point out will be marking National Arts in Education Week by writing legislators to our government representatives, and sharing stories of our arts learning on our social media platforms. This is a special year, as we see a change in what the current education legislation means for the arts. Americans for the Arts provides plentiful advocacy tools for teachers, parents, and artists to advocate on behalf of arts education on their website. A listing of tools for making the most of Arts in Education Week, can be found here:
New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization (DEC) Program Grant OpportunitiesThe New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program (DEC) accepts grant applications annually through one of four centralized locations based upon county of residence. If you or your organization are not already receiving NYSCA funding, and you provide arts education programming, you may be eligible to apply. There are DEC grant opportunities for artists and schools in our 8 counties. Click here for details.