Student Speaks up for Arts Education

Lulu Briggs, senior at Amador High School, brings her student perspective to nonprofit board meetings, statewide advocacy summits and convenings, and her local school board meetings. By speaking about how the arts have impacted her life, Lulu effectively advocates for increased access to arts education for her fellow students. As a sophomore, Lulu became a student director at AmadorArts, where she represented a student perspective at board meetings. With the support and encouragement of Meghan O’Keefe, Executive Director of Amador Arts, Lulu also participated in competitions like the Student Voices Campaign and Poetry Out Loud. She wrote and directed the Amador High submission to the Student Voices Campaign, which placed third statewide and played a part in adopting The Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning in the Amador County Unified School District. Her role as an arts advocate has helped Lulu realize the power of her own voice and empowered her to take on a leadership role in her school theatre program. Because of her impressive arts advocacy efforts, she was invited to speak on a panel entitled “Nothing About Us Without Us: Meaningful Student Leadership” at the Create CA Statewide Convening. Lulu’s high school experience has been shaped by her role as an arts education advocate and influenced her goals for the future. Originally setting her sights on becoming a theatrical performer, Lulu is now focused on directing theatre and participating in the fundraising, logistics and administration of theatre production.