Advocating for the Visual Arts

Investigate practical approaches to enact change and amplify your voice in your community and beyond while creating a toolkit for visual arts advocacy.

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The Art Education Advocacy course provides skills and strategies to amplify voices so they can be sustainably heard at the national and local levels. Participants in this course reflect on their personal purpose for advocacy along with the need for advocacy in the arts on both a local and national scale. They also explore the role policy plays in art education and implement practical approaches for enacting change. By the end of this course, participants will have the tools needed to bring their advocacy plans to fruition.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Suggested Course Sequence

  1. ARE549: Ethics and Equity for Art Education Leadership
  2. ARE551: Advocating for the Visual Arts
  3. ARE553: Principles of Art and Business
  4. ARE555: Designing and Leading Professional Learning

Required Materials

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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