Done in a Day Projects

You can make a difference in just one day. Try one of the Done in a Day Projects listed below. 

Illustration: Dierdre O'Sullivan

Document Arts Education

Joe Fusaro, Senior Education Advisor for Art 21, offers a simple, sensible advocacy strategy: document arts education. “About once a week I will walk through our hallways and take photos of colleagues’ work with their classes. Whether we’re sharing video of students engaged in a particular unit of study with parents, utilizing photos when building portfolios, or displaying works of art through a digital gallery, keeping a digital camera and video camera close by can be a wonderful habit to fall into.” These photos and videos often make their way “to a variety of places where they get shared, including: the district website and annual calendar, parent workshops.” Documentation is also a vital part of compelling for advoacy materials. Read more at the Art 21 Blog. Illustration by Dierdre O'Sullivan.

Write a Letter to Your School Board

A letter to your local school board can influence public opinion and rally the public to support arts education in your district.

Use our sample letter [PDF:337K] to craft a message to your school board. Then share it with your networks and collect signatures. Present the letter at the next school meeting.

Links to more information:

  • Toolkit for Winning School Board Support for Arts Learning
    Keep Arts In Schools has introduced an advocacy toolkit that provides compelling data as well as real-life examples of how parents and other influential groups are successfully lobbying their school boards.
  • Insider's Guide for Arts Education
    The Insider's Guide for Arts Education is designed to help parents, local schools and school districts to work together to determine the current status of arts education. It will help provide communities with accurate information about arts education and advocate for quality arts programs in their schools.