Be The Good News

Arts in Education Week, September 13-19, 2020

Every day that we reach a student through the arts is a reason to celebrate, whether it be in-person or virtual. Take a moment to celebrate and be the good news.

 In March, Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved Resolution 759, affirming the benefits and value of arts education and in celebration of Arts In Education Week. Click HERE to see a copy of the resolution.

Help us get the word out. Arts Education has good news! And we want to share it.

Write a thank you letter to your state representative and senator to thank them for supporting Resolution 759. Click HERE for a template letter that you can customize. [Scroll down to find your legislator.]

Write an op-ed for your local news outlet. Click HERE for a sample op-ed.

Post good news stories on social media. Use hashtags #ArtsEdWeek #BecauseofArtsEd #ArtsEducation #ArtsEdTN. Click HERE for tips and messaging.

Advocacy Toolkit

We want to help. ArtsEd Tennessee is teaming up with ElevateArtsEd to offer customized assistance to arts education advocates in Tennessee. If your arts ed programs are experiencing potential threats, we can offer strategies and tools to support your efforts. Please complete and submit this form that will provide some basic information to help us get started. We will respond in a timely manner!

Sample documents and tools

Sample letter to school board

Sample op-ed

Checklist for local arts ed advocates

Message points for advocates


Title IV-Part A Funds (ESSA)

Music and the arts are listed as part of a well-rounded education in federal education law (ESSA). Within ESSA, Title IV-A dollars can be spent providing supplemental support for arts education (dance, music, theatre, visual art, media arts) programs in our schools. $1.21 Billion has been allocated to states in 2020. Find out how school districts can access these funds.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Title IV-A Infographic (Title IV-A Coalition)

Title IV-A Fact Sheet (Title IV-A Coalition)

NAfME Toolkit (Also useful for dance, theatre and visual arts advocates!)

Title IV-A Success Stories (NAfME)

TN Arts Ed Data Project

The Tennessee Arts Education Data Project, developed by Quadrant Research in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, CMA Foundation, and the Tennessee Arts Commission, presents school-level data around student access to arts education. Click HERE to see how your school district is doing. Use the information to inform decision making and empower advocacy efforts.

Find Your State Legislators 

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly reconvened on January 14, 2020, and as in the past, education will be one of the main legislative priorities. During this session, state legislators will propose approximately 350 pieces of legislation that will directly impact K-12 education. Use the link below to find your Tennessee legislators.

Know Your Elected Officials

Go HERE to find your Federal, State, and Local elected officials.