Local Arts Ed Advocacy


Anytime is a great time to advocate for the arts. Sometimes having an anchor point such as those special dates listed below help focus messages or actions which support of the arts and arts education.


  • National Arts in Education Week (Sept 10-16, 2023)

  • National Day of Dance (Sept. 16, 2023)

  • Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Annual Conference

  • Second Sunday in September, National Arts in Education Week


  • National Humanities Month

  • School Principal Appreciation Month seek ways to thank your administrators for their support.

  • International Artist Day (October 25)

  • National Fine Art Appreciation Day (Oct. 25)

  • Missouri Art Education Association Fall Conference


  • National Author Day (Nov. 1)

  • Giving Tuesday

  • Thank an arts teacher


  • Walt Disney Day (Dec. 6)

  • National Violin Day (Dec. 13)

  • International Cello Day (Dec. 29)


  • National Polka Music Month

  • Missouri Music Educators Conference


  • National Library Lovers Month

  • Black History Month

  • Ethnic Equality Month


  • Music in Our Schools Month

  • Youth Art Month

  • Dance in our Schools Month

  • Theatre in our Schools Month

  • World Theatre Day (Mar. 27, 2023)

  • Fine Arts Education Month

  • School Board Appreciation Month seek ways to thank your local school board for their support.

  • Missouri Art Education Association Spring Conference


  • Jazz Appreciation Month

  • World Art Day (April 15th)


  • School Principals Day (May 1, 2023) seek ways to thank your administrators for their support.

  • International Drum Month

  • National Teacher Day (May 4)

  • National Sing Out Day (May 25)


  • Missouri Bandmasters Association Annual Conference

  • Missouri Dance Organization Annual Conference

  • World Day of Music or Fête de la Musique (June 21)


  • World Watercolor Month

  • International Reggae Day (July 1, 2023)

  • Missouri Choral Directors Association Annual Conference


  • American Artist Appreciation Month

MAAE can provide access to resources to assist you in local advocacy efforts. We are also willing to help you draft a strategy to help meet your local needs. contact director@moaae.org to see if we can help.

Share your stories! Help us hear why Arts Education is so important to you and your students. We'll amplify your message @moartsed.

Every school day needs arts education.

  • Arts education promotes academic achievement: A 2020 study of over 112,000 students showed that “highly engaged instrumental music students were, on average, academically over one year ahead of their peers.”

  • Arts education advances social and emotional development.

  • Arts education reduces disciplinary infractions: A recent study showed that arts education experiences reduce the proportion of students in school receiving disciplinary infractions by 3.6%.

  • Stay enrolled and graduate: Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

More "Arts Education is Essential" STATEMENT endorsed by hundreds of arts and education associations:

  • Music Teachers National Association

  • NAMM Foundation

  • National Art Education Association

  • National Association for Music Education

  • National Association of Elementary School Principals

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals

  • National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

  • National Dance Education Organization

  • National Education Association

  • National Federation of State High School Associations

  • National YoungArts Foundation

  • Organization of American Kodály Educators

  • Quadrant Research

  • QuaverEd Recording Academy

  • Save The Music Foundation

  • State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education

  • The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

  • United Sound, Inc.

  • Varsity Performing Arts

  • West Music Company


  • Yedu

  • Yamaha Corporation of America

  • Young Audiences Arts for Learning

  • YOUnison

Do you represent a national organization interested in endorsing this statement? Email essential@nafme.org

The MAAE greatly appreciates the financial support provided by the Francis Family Foundation and the MAAE member organizations.

Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

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