Local Arts Advocacy Toolkit

Local advocacy is more essential than ever as California grapples with severe budget cuts to its public education system due to the economic impact of COVID-19. As local advocates, you have the power to create change in how the district allocates its resources.

Studies show arts education not only decreases feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation but also positively impacts all-around academic performance. As students struggle through incredible loss, the arts are not a luxury, they are a tool for recovery. The California Alliance for Arts Education, in partnership with Arts for LA, created an advocacy toolkit and a training webinar empowering advocates to educate officials about the benefits of arts education. Scroll down this page for tips, templates, talking points and an archive of the webinar. 

Local Arts Advocacy Toolkit

Toolkit: Talking Points for Public Comment, Tips for Effective Public Comment, Engaging Youth Voice in Advocacy, Social Media Tips for Successful Advocacy

Downloadable Templates

School Board Letter Template

Op-Ed Template

Recursos Locales de Abogacía

Descargar Recursos Locales


Arts for LA

Arts Education Advocacy & Organizing Resources

Webinar Recording and PPT Slides

Local Arts Education Advocacy Webinar

Local Arts Education Advoacy Powerpoint Slides

Additional Resources

California School Dashboard