Mark your calendars Pluggers, because National Arts in Education Week is happening from September 10th to September 16th! This will be a week to join together and share stories of the transformative power of arts in education.

Congress declared the second week in September as National Arts in Education Week back in 2010; this year the celebratory week is more important than ever. The new government administration is proposing drastic cuts to arts funding, and our voices need to be heard.

Americans for the Arts has created a customizable template you can use to tell your local newspaper about the impact arts education has had in your life. You can also sign a petition that will be sent to U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos encouraging her to help save arts education programs. Lastly, you can participate in a visibility campaign by using the hashtags #becauseofartsed and #artsedweek. Post a picture to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter that embodies your experience in arts education.

Say it loud and say it proud dancers! Your voice and your story truly matters. Our political leaders need to hear the reasons why arts education is an irreplaceable fabric in our society. Sign the petition.