Be The Good News

Arts in Education Week, September 11-17, 2022

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 2022, Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved Resolution 970, 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 970. [Scroll down to find your legislator.]

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

State of the Arts

The State of the Arts Study is a statewide landscape study of school and district arts education programs. The study is facilitated by the CMA Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education. The landscape study will collect data relative to the quality indicators of arts education programs, such as scheduling, educator professional development, cluster/vertical alignment of course offerings, arts-specific facilities, and equitable student access to programming and equipment.

At the conclusion of the assessment, districts receive a report with recommendations on how to strengthen existing programs and develop new programs. This tool may help districts develop a strategic plan for arts education, apply for funding opportunities, and discover other immediate, zero-cost solutions to barriers and challenges.

Thanks to the generous support of the CMA Foundation, participation in the landscape study is free to all Tennessee public school districts.

For more information contact Todd Shipley, TDOE Director of Arts Education, at

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.