WHAT IS VAPA ADVOCACY and HOW CAN I HELP?
We see the word advocacy all of the time. But sometimes it is difficult to know what we can actually do. Perhaps more importantly, it’s tough to know what we should do! How do we know when it’s time to advocate for school arts programs?
The easiest answer is . . . It is ALWAYS time to advocate for our school arts programs. Why? Because we live in a culture that places the arts on the fringe. We know that when it’s time for budget cuts, the arts are almost universally identified as a place for potential reductions. We also know that if we are proactive in our support for the arts, we can dramatically decrease the likelihood that music will be targeted for cuts. We can stand prepared to speak against such cuts at the earliest stages of the discussion, rather than when it is almost too late.