As summer turns the corner into August, along with hot and humid days the all too-familiar "Back-to-School Blues" becomes the tune playing in the back of our heads. What to do? What curricular areas should I focus on? What will be the new ‘buzz words’ this fall? How can I manage more students, more classes, less money in the budget, and at the same time, find ways to advocate successfully for my program?
The answer lies below…in our Top 10 August Art Advocacy Strategies to ease that stress!
- Never sell yourself short! That means – you can self-promote your program and curriculum shamelessly – without the nagging fear that you are simply blowing your own horn. Start off with a program promotional brochure to hand out at Open House! (An example of a promo brochure I've used can be seen at the bottom of this post.) Include key areas such as:
- Your educational background ( degrees and certifications), professional memberships (of course starting with your state association of art educators), and some basic information about you (years in education, specialty as an artist, recent exhibitions, etc)
- Photo of you
- List of classes you teach
- Learning Standards for the Arts
- Brief Big Ideas or Essential Questions
- Resources for parents
- Student work or shows from last year
- Include a copy of this as an
- Contact Information (school phone, email and web page)
A couple of quick notes from Phyl -
- This blog is generated in NY state, where school traditionally starts right after Labor Day. I know readers from elsewhere in the United States are often back to school as much as a month before us, but if you are a reader who is already well into your school year, you might still find some helpful info for right now, or to tuck away for future use. It is never too late to incorporate new advocacy ideas!!
- All links in this article are now included in the "Useful Links" on the right side of the blog, if you are viewing a web version. Check back frequently, as I plan to be adding new links on a regular basis!