Judy, I completely agree with being an advocate. I feel like part of my responsibilities as a teacher of the arts is to become an advocate!
For new teachers here are some ways to become more involved:
-Like Judy said...VOTE! Your voice counts.
-Join your local Art Education Association and NAEA
-Join any local groups. I have been working with the California Alliance for Arts Education in my county for the past two years. We have drafted a Master Plan for revitalizing the arts in our community. We are in the first years. If you are interested in our plan: www.stancoe.org/scoe/iss/arts/master_plan.pdf<http://www.stancoe.org/scoe/iss/arts/master_plan.pdf>