In 2021, Arts Every Day established Bmore Youth Arts Advocacy Council(BYAAC). The Council provides a platform for youth creatives in grades 10-12 to learn about and impact school policymaking.
Youth council members meet with local and state leaders to demystify what the school board does, who its members are and how as students they can be actively involved in the decision making processes that put arts education programs at risk. As council members, they are poised to take the lead in a public awareness campaign that engages students and parents; all of the district’s schools teachers, and principals; in and out school partners; the broader community of stakeholders and legislators through messaging that amplifies arts equity goals.
Their work together centers on strategies to raise public awareness about the benefits of an arts education, identifying barriers to equitable access to the arts and the identification of potential allies who would be in support of policies that made the arts accessible to every student in every school.
Youth council members employ the use of the “Declaration of the Rights of all Students to Equity in Arts Learning,” authored by the Equity Committee of Create CA (2016) as a framework for shaping campaign efforts to encourage parents, teachers, principals, school board members, legislators and other decision makers to pledge to the realization of these ideals.
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For more information, you may email Baltimore Arts Education Initiative Manager, Sheena Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org