CAEA Advocacy


Why Advocacy?

As a constituent, you are the ideal grassroots advocate to convey to members of Congress how essential the arts and arts education are to your community. You have the power to educate them about the importance of the arts in your community and to engage them on important arts issues on Capitol Hill. Without your help, your member of Congress may not realize the ability of the arts to support jobs, engage kids in school, and change lives in your district. We want to make it easy for you to take action, build relationships with your representative’s office, and highlight the advocacy work you are doing in your community and schools.

Want to take action, but aren’t sure where to begin? We’ve put together some resources for you to customize and start advocating with ease.

NAEA Advocacy Toolkit

Have your voice heard in your back yard and on Capitol Hill. As professional art educators, we know and understand the essential value that visual arts education holds for learners. But what about others—school leaders, parents, elected representatives, school Board members, local media? What are the critical legislative issues affecting art education? It’s time we bring our knowledge and our voice to art education advocacy to ensure equity and access for all students!

CDE Revision of the Visual and Performing Arts Framework

The California Department of Education (CDE) is revising the Visual and Performing Arts Framework (VAPA Framework) to incorporate and support the VAPA Standards, which are currently under revision.

Advocacy White Papers for Art Education from NAEA

“Advocacy White Papers for Art Education” are a collection of 14 essays written in response to the NAEA report, Learning in a Visual Age: The Critical Importance of Visual Arts Education.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts’ mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership at Education Commission of the States is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, cultural, government, business and philanthropic organizations that was created in 1995 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education.


CREATE CA (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate) is a statewide coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals partnering on an education reform movement that views arts education as an essential part of the solution to the problems facing California schools.

California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE)

The California Alliance for Arts Education advocates for high quality arts education for all students by providing policy expertise and by mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners.

California Department of Education Resources


Elliott Eisner’s “Ten Lessons the Arts Teach”

The late Elliot Eisner and former CAEA President identified 10 lessons, which are clarified through the study of art in schools.

Elliot Eisner’s NAEA Speech “What Education Can Learn from the Arts”

Each year, the recipient of the NAEA Lowenfeld Lecture Award is invited to present the “Lowenfeld Lecture” on a topic of his or her choice at the NAEA National Convention. Former CAEA President, Elliott Eisner, was the 2008 recipient. Text from additional Lowenfeld Lecture winners can be found here.

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) is a coalition of statewide not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the Kennedy Center to support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of K-12 education in the United States.

Visual Arts California Advocacy Tips

Making your visual arts program visible and valued: advocacy tips for visual arts educators.

Support the Arts in California!

Help support the arts in California by purchasing a Drive the Arts license plate.  Proceeds from sales and renewals of California’s Arts Plate support arts education programs across the state. Visit to learn more.