The future of music education in the state of Ohio is dependent
on the support of educators, parents, students, communities, legislators, and support groups. This area features important advocacy information to aid in supporting music education at the local level.

TRIAD Special Focus on Advocacy
The October/November 2010 Issue of TRIAD contained a Special Focus section on Advocacy, thanks to guest editor, Donna Collins. Below are copies of these wonderful articles for viewing.

Reprinting of these articles is strictly prohibited unless permission
is obtained from Editor, Shelley Jagow, at

Special Focus Introduction by Donna Collins

Advocacy: It's Never Too Early by Rob Davidson

Developing a Local Music Education Advocacy Plan by Gary DeVault

Federal Policy Developments in Arts Education:
Opportunities at the Local Level by Kathi R. Levin

Advocacy is Easier than You Think by Tim Mikulski

How Communities Are Improving Access to the Arts, Despite Federal Policy, Budget Cuts, and Other Obstacles by John Abodeely

Teaching Artists as Advocats by Laura Knieser Reeder

Understanding the Big Picture by Heather Noonan

Arts On Line, Education Updates

The weekly Arts On Line, Education Update is brought to you by the generous  support of the Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, OhioDance, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

For more information about any of these organizations please contact Donna Collins at

Click here to access the Arts On Line Section

Music Advocacy Slideshow Spots
At the 2008 OMEA Professional Development Conference, advocacy slideshows were shown before the First Night Concert and all four
All-State Concerts. Edited versions of this slideshow are now available in three different lengths:
3:50 minutes, 6:10 minutes, and 9:00 minutes.

Click here to Download Advocacy Slideshows

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Re-Investing in Arts Education:
Winning America's Future through Creative Schools

OMEA Government Relations Committee -
Advocacy Materials

The OMEA Government Relations Committee has prepared Advocacy Materials to support music education for use in advocating with parents, school administrators, school board members, legislators and others. Please feel free to utilize this information in music department newsletters, concert programs, and other communication. Please credit the source listed when using this information in your advocacy efforts.

Advocacy Tidbits for Music Educators

How Does Music Education Impact Student Learning

What Do You Need to Know to Advocate For Music Education?

What To Do When Music Program Cuts Are Threatened

Conditions That Support Music Education: How Does Your School District Rate?

How To Interview a School Board Official or Elected Officer

Advocacy Materials

Secretary of Education Letter

Eight Reasons For Supporting the Arts

Dr. Tim's Grassroots Advocacy Guide

Music Advocacy Links

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

American Music Conference

Americans for the Arts

The Arts Education Partnership

Presidents Committee On Arts and Humanities

Arts Edge

Support Music


Project Vote Smart

Music Friends

Ohio Citizens for the Arts
Arts Education
Creating Student Success
In School, Work, and Life

The Arts Education Working Group, a coalition
of national arts and arts education advocacy organizations, invites state and local organizations to join the movement to keep the arts in public schools by signing-on to a statement in support of arts education: Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life.

This statement communicates the benefits
of arts education to policymakers at all levels. 
As federal lawmakers begin the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind), there may be uses for the document in ongoing work at the local and state levels.

The strong connection between federal law and what students actually learn while they are in school necessitates a coordinated action.  The messages outlined in Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life communicate the benefits of arts education to school board members, superintendents, principals, and policy-makers at all levels of government.

This statement provides talking points for individuals and organizations that want to make change in Washington and at home. Advocates are encouraged to use the statement when talking with local education decision-makers, share it with friends and parents, and post this link to their Facebook page.

Both MENC and OMEA have signed on to this unified statement. The statement with the national level signers can be found at: The local- and state-level signers, including OMEA can be found at:

If you would like to add your state or local organization’s name to those already supporting Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life, please email Tim Mikulski, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts, The list of supporting organizations will be updated weekly.