Dear VSA South Carolina Supporters,
A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives Education Subcommittee that seeks to terminate 43 federal education programs, including the entire Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. This bill is more serious than the annual funding measures that threaten to de-fund arts education, as it would permanently strip language out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that allows the Arts in Education program to be funded each year.
Please contact your representatives to let them know the importance of arts education to students and the critical role this program has had in supporting arts education throughout the country. You can do so on Americans for the Arts’ website using their customizable e-mail tool:
or call or email the offices in your state. This bill has not yet reached the Senate, so it is most important that you contact members of the House of Representatives at this time.
• Americans for the Arts has developed the following talking points that you may find helpful: The Arts in Education program is the ONLY source of dedicated federal education funding to support arts education, a core academic subject of learning proven to improve schools, teaching, and student success in school, work, and life.
• The unique federal leadership provided through direct competitive Arts in Education grants and national initiatives cannot be replaced by any other funding source and provides essential resources to maximize the benefits of arts education for all students.
• Funding to VSA and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and supports national networks that ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities and other underserved populations. These networks provide for the expansion of model programs South Carolina and in all 50 states involving more than 16 million students.
• The Model Development competitive grant program strengthens student learning through standards-based arts education and integration of arts instruction into other subject areas.
• The Professional Development competitive grant program identifies innovative models that improve instruction for arts specialists and classroom teachers.
• The arts have too often been shoved to the margins when our schools need them most. Don't let HR 1891 further narrow the educational opportunities of our nation's students.
Protect the Arts in Education program.
Please add your own story about why arts education matter!