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ACM Supporting Arts Education

The ACM Board voted unanimously to join the more than 50 signatories to an Arts Education position paper that argues for the importance of arts education in “preparing students for school, work and life”, as well as closing the achievement gap. The paper notes  that “equitable access to arts education in our schools is eroding,” and calls for the arts to be treated on a par with all the other “core” academic subjects, both in the formation of curriculum, and the study and measurement of outcomes.

“ACM members are committed to producing and distributing a significant amount of local arts programming for their communities,” states Keri Stokstad, ACM Board Chair.  “That is why, in addition to putting the ACM name on this position paper, ACM Board members will be joining forces with representatives of more than 80 organizations in Washington DC on March 24-25 for the Americans for the Arts Advocacy Day.”

ACM members are encouraged to participate in one of the largest group efforts of the year to lobby Congress in support of the arts and arts education.  For more information on this opportunity, please contact the national ACM office (