This year marks the 5th anniversary of National Arts in Education Week

This year marks the 5th anniversary of National Arts in Education Week-a national celebration recognizing the importance of dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts to a well-rounded education.

Through House Resolution 275, the week following the second Sunday in September is designated to bring attention to this cause among elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country. Mark your calendars now for September 1319, 2015, and add your voice to this important cause! There are three ways that advocates can get involved in this important campaign:

Use the shared branding for National Arts in Education Week. You can download this unified logo and add it to any posters, websites, or public awareness campaigns. All of these tools are available at:

Encourage your education and municipal leaders to adopt a local resolution supporting National Arts in Education Week. Templates are available to customize for your school board, mayor, city council, and state representatives. Take this opportunity to educate these leaders on the benefits of arts education using the handy facts, figures, and advocacy tips available at

Raise the visibility of the cause on social media. Use the #ArtsEdWeek hashtag all week long. Share your story of why arts education matters. Or tell us about an arts educator who has made a difference in your community using the hashtag #TeachTheArts. To get the conversation started, we’ll be sharing powerful student stories from our new Encourage Creativity videos, which you can find at: Creativity.