September 2, 2019
Dear Honorable Mayors:
On behalf of Ariel Beverly Miss Illinois 2019, the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization and those who advocate for art education to all elementary, middle and secondary students, please consider writing a proclamation recognizing September 15th as Arts in Education Day in your city.
Arts in Education Day is an annual celebration supported through House Resolution 275 of the 111th United States Congress that calls on governors, mayors and other elected officials from across the United States to issue proclamations to raise awareness of the value and importance of arts in education.
This celebration will emphasize the value of art education for all children and encourage support for quality school art programs. It provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects in the curriculum.
While Arts in Education Day supports many purposes, it exists primarily to
- Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals
- Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures
- Increase community, business and governmental support for art education
- Recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society
A variety of activities across the country at the local and state level support September as a time to celebrate Arts in Education, including National Arts in Education Week which begins on the second Sunday of September each year. Please join us in our efforts to spotlight art education by issuing a proclamation recognizing Arts in Education Day.
By making Arts in Education Day an official celebration in your city, you will be joining other mayors who are committed to the same effort. I’ve enclosed additional information and a sample proclamation. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from your office in the near future.
For more information about the Arts In Education Day Proclamation, the #IncludeTheArts Postcard Project or Ariel’s Arts in Education Platform reach out to Ariel@IncludeTheArts.com or call (618) 713-2216.