Utah Music Teachers Association
Contact Information
Arts Awareness and Advocacy Chair
Hana Janatova (NCTM)

Arts Awareness and Advocacy

“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the root of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
~ John F. Kennedy, U.S. President

Music Advocacy is an essential aspect of music education. As professional music educators it is our responsibility to make others understand the essential value that music education and the performing arts hold in our society.
Advocacy through Action

• Contact or write your local and state government officials about the importance of music and art education

• Expand your music and art network in our community by engaging with music and art organizations, school music programs, and local art councils.

• Create a project with your students to provide opportunities and art experiences for your students and your community.

Create an Elevator Speech
Below are links to aid you in developing an impactful and short message within your network and community. Use these quotes to help develop “Elevator Speeches”-short 1-2 sentences supporting the arts to be offered casually during conversations. They can also be used on the back of your business cards to promote advocacy.

Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

Art Advocacy Quotes

OAEA Toolkit

Kennedy Center Toolkit

Americans For The Arts Toolkit

The Performing Arts Alliance Toolkit

Utah Cultural Alliance, provides educational opportunities, resources, and Utah Legislature updates.

Utah Nonprofits Association provides educational workshops in grant writing, marketing, and advocacy.