this was forwarded to me from the president of NCAEA-thought it might be of
interest. Linda in NC
AMERICANS for the ARTS
Please join cultural organizations across the country to National
Arts and Humanities Month this October. The theme this year is
and the need for every child in America to have a comprehensive, high
education in the arts. We hope to secure a letter from the White House
end of September recognizing October as National Arts and Humanities
President George W. Bush has said, "The study and appreciation of the
humanities serve as both the unifying force in society and as a
There is much to celebrate this year, including the release
of Arts and Economic Prosperity, a study
by Americans for the Arts that confirms the role of the nonprofit arts
economic engine in large and small communities across the country.
reports an annual $134 billion generated in national economic activity
million equivalent full-time jobs supported. This summer the U.S.
House of Representatives
voted to increase FY 2003 funding for the National Endowment for the
$10 million and National Endowment for the Humanities by $5 million---a
repositions the arts as bipartisan with supporters on both sides of
Providing momentum for this year's arts education theme, Americans
for the Arts, the Ad Council, and hundreds of arts organization
the country earlier this year kicked-off a two-year, national public
advertising campaign focused on arts education. The message of the ads
less art kids get, the more it shows. Are yours getting enough? Art.
More." The campaign's dual objective is to raise public
about the need for more arts education for children, and also to call
and other decision-makers to ensure that the arts are included in
system's educational requirements.
We invite you to visit www.
and look at the National Arts and Humanities Month Tool Kit. It
a logo for your print materials, "Ten Tips for Parents to Keep the
Arts in their
Children's Lives," sample proclamation for your elected officials to
the month, a participation questionnaire, and a sample 'swiss cheese'
release to alert your local media of your agency's involvement in this
celebration honoring the contributions of America's artists, scholars,
organizations. In the months following September 11, the humanities
literary, visual, and performing arts have been a major vehicle for
the inexpressible---even the unbearable. God Bless America
became for a time our national anthem, sung at almost every public
with this national embrace of the arts, came the realization that the
not only the vessel for our collective grief, they were also the
our collective hope, our collective sense of who we are, and what it
is to be
Sadly, it is ironic that at this moment when our nation is
turning to the arts, the arts are marginalized in many school systems
the country. The next generation of Americans---our children---are
a comprehensive education in the arts.
The Ad Council tells us that these kinds of celebratory months
are wonderful opportunities to secure additional donated media from
broadcasters and newspapers. We hope that you will take this
to use National Arts and Humanities Month to celebrate the arts in
communities and to increase your efforts to place the ads for the
for More. campaign in your local media as
well as in your own newsletters and publications. Our PSA
have the additional opportunity to localize the ads with their
name and logo. But all of you can help with outreach in this important
and I invite you to do so. Visit our PSA campaign website for more
Please keep us informed of your local plans and activities
by completing the participation questionnaire in the Tool Kit. If you
or would like additional materials, please e-mail Mary Toth at <a
Thank you for the work you do to celebrate National Arts and
Humanities Month and most-especially, for the work you do on behalf of
and humanities all year long.