Advocacy

NYSATA is the voice of over 6,000 art educators across New York State. We consult with and provide content area expertise for the State Education Department, collaborate on arts based initiatives, represent NY at the national level, monitor art education trends statewide and nationally, and provide a host of programs and opportunities to highlight student achievement in the visual arts. NYSATA advocacy efforts are most often aimed at the state level, monitoring and influencing arts legislation and policies that impact programs in the schools. It is also important that all art educators become advocates in their own school, district and community. Make sure your parents, administrators, community members and legislators are aware of the work you are doing in your classroom and the success your students are achieving.

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  • Did you know that the difference between digital art and media arts is that the media arts include a time-based component?
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  • You probably already know that high school students in New York State can take a 3 or 5 unit sequence in art, but did you know that they can earn a Regent's Diploma with the 4 +1 Pathway? Approved by the Board of Regents, students can take 3 units of art and then complete an AP or IB portfolio (in place of taking another Regent's exam) to earn a Regent's Diploma.
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  • Did you know that under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Art was listed as a "core" subject? Now, under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Art is listed alongside Math, Reading, and other subjects as a part of a "Well Rounded Education."
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  • Did you know that students in poverty are less likely to have access to art education in their school? The same is true for students enrolled in charter schools.
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  • Did you know that even if Elementary Art is taught by the elementary classroom teacher rather than a certified art teacher, the curriculum must still address ALL the Visual Art Learning Standards?
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  • Did you know that the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $804 billion industry, which represents 4.3% of the nation's GDP--a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture.
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  • Did you know that 93% of all communication is visual? And, our brains process images 60,000 times faster than text!
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  • Did you know that students should have the opportunity to earn 1/2 unit of both art and music across grades 7 and 8? The art requirement cannot be replaced with technology and should meet all of the Visual Arts Standards for grades 7 and 8.
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  • Did you know that courses used to satisfy the required one unit of credit for graduation should be comprehensive and foundational (e.g. Studio in Art) rather than media specific (e.g. Ceramics)? Comprehensive Foundational Courses should meet ALL the Visual and/or Media Arts Standards for the grade level; advanced electives are not required to meet ALL the standards.
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  • Did you know that art is a required subject at the high school and middle school level, and for every grade at the elementary level?
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  • Art Education is Essential because in addition to learning art techniques, students are, “Taught a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasized elsewhere in schools.”
    Hetland, L., Winner, E., Veenema, S., & Sheridan, K. (2007). Studio thinking: The real benefits of visual arts education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

  • Art Education is Essential because it, “Helps students build the recognition, perception, sensitivity, imagination, and integration skills needed to make sense of the world around them.” 
    Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the creation of mind. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

  • Art Education is Essential because “in the 21st century global economy, the arts equip students with a creative, competitive edge. The arts provide the skills and knowledge students need to develop the creativity and determination necessary for success.”
    Arts Education Unified Statement (2020), NAEA.

  • Art Education is Essential because "... high school students from under-resourced environments who are highly involved in the arts have better grades, are less likely to drop out, and are more likely to go on to college."
    Catterall, J.S., Dumais, S.A., & Hampden-Thompson, G. (2012). The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. Washington, D.C.: National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Art Education is Essential because "... study of the visual arts enables all learners to understand their world and the culture and history of others." 
    #Visual Arts Matters. (2020, NAEA)

  • Art Education is Essential because "just 45 minutes of art making, at any skill level, significantly reduces stress hormones."
    Kaimal, G., Ray, K. & Muniz, J. (2016) Reduction of cortisol levels and participants' responses following art making. Art Therapy, 33(2), 74-80, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2016.1166832

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