Americans for the Arts
Support the Arts Education for All Act!

Encourage your member of Congress to support and cosponsor the Arts Education for All Act (H.R. 5581), recently introduced by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM). Representative Bonamici, the lead sponsor, is one of the top champions in Congress on arts in education and equitable access for these critical services as well as a leader on the Education and Labor Committee (on which she is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services). This legislation is supported by Americans for the Arts, the Arts Action Fund, Grantmakers in the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and more than 255 other organizations.

The Arts Education for All Act, the broadest arts education policy bill ever introduced in Congress, includes key provisions that will support and encourage the offering of arts education and programming experiences to Americans including our youngest learners, K-12 students, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. Crucially, the bill will also include provisions that would allow for rigorous arts and arts education research to be carried out, to further inform how elementary and secondary education in our country can be improved. 

Among other provisions, the Act: 

  • Strengthens the ability to use Child Care Development Block grant funding for arts programing.
  • Expands Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) plan provisions to include descriptions of how states would support and encourage the offering of arts education staff, instruction and partnership to improve student achievement in all subjects.
  • Requires State ESSA report cards to include information on arts courses to be included and infuses arts education as an element of K-12 school improvement.
  • Increases opportunities for local education agency support for professional development for arts teachers and integration of the arts.
  • Strengthens the integration of the arts and arts education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (after-school) program by maximizing partnerships with community and other arts focused organizations that increase the amount of arts education and creative youth development available in afterschool and summer learning programs.
  • Provides for States to document how they will coordinate services and activities for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention with State and local arts agencies and arts organizations by utilizing arts education to improve reentry efforts and to reduce recidivism.
  • Enhances research activities at the Institution for Education Science through a focus on arts and arts education research.
  • Directs the National Assessment Governing Board to reinstate national arts assessments.

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