Thank you for helping us celebrate, advocate, and spread the word about the powerful impact of arts in education during YA Week 2023!
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week) is an annual advocacy and awareness initiative when the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network (YA Network) works collectively to shine a light on the importance of the arts within a well-rounded and equitable education.
The 2023 YA Week Resolution, introduced to Congress by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-G.A.), Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-O.R.), highlights the work of the YA Network and encourages the public to recognize the important contributions the arts make to society. It emphasizes that arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines, "is an essential element of a complete and well-rounded education for all students," providing "a well-researched and proven methodology to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students, especially for English language learners and students with special needs."
An annual advocacy and awareness initiative first championed by conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1971, YA Week has grown into a national celebration of arts in education observed each spring.
The resources below provide guidance around how to advocate, spread the word, and make the case for arts in education during YA Week and year-round.
Find Your Elected Officials
Contact your policymakers to let them know that you support arts in education and why.
YA Network Map & Impact Summary
Showcase the breadth and impact of the YA National Network with this one-page document.
Arts Ed Search
Provided by our colleagues at Arts Ed Partnership, ArtsEdSearch is the nation’s hub for research on the impact of arts education to help you make the case.
Arts ARE Education
Show your support by signing the ARE Pledge, which asserts that the arts are part of a balanced education and asks signees to commit to supporting equitable access to arts education that includes instruction in all arts areas.
Spread the Word on Social Media with #YAweek
Join the conversation and tell your followers why the arts are a vital part of a well-rounded education in YOUR community. Subscribe to YA's social media channels for live #YAweek coverage and be sure to like, comment, and re-share!
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ABOUT YA WEEK
First championed in 1971 by conductor Leonard Bernstein, YA Week has grown into a nationwide celebration of arts-in-education. Each spring, the YA Network joins forces to raise national and local awareness about arts-in-education initiatives through public performances, special events, and other programs. YA Week is a opportunity to showcase for the network's Congressional stakeholders the great work being carried out in their districts. Individual supporters of YA and the arts are also encouraged celebrate YA Week by contacting local legislators regarding the importance of arts-in-education and showing support for the arts on social media with #YAweek.