SchoolArts Magazine

March 2016

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I n 2014, the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) launched a campaign to help communities better understand the role of art education. The goal was to get public school art outside its walls and into the community. The campaign, Be Visual, further inspired an additional event called Big Art Day. The event is intended to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a statewide scale. It takes place in March—Youth Art Month—to build capacity and cre- ate a single-day rallying point to bring greater awareness to art education within. What Does Big Art Day Look Like? Art educators from across the state plan public-oriented events outside their regular learning environment— from yarn-bombing the local park in Goldthwaite, to a community mural at a local high school, to community members volunteering in the class- room program in Round Rock, Texas. Art educators are stepping up and stepping out of their environments to make the public aware of art edu- cation, and what takes place daily in artrooms. Educators plan their event for the first Thursday in March (March 3 this year), then register their event at bigartday.org. By registering their event, they are publicizing their offering on the site with hundreds of others to help show the large, diverse programming across the state on that single day. Additional events that could be open to the public might include an Empty Bowls project, or simply an event to be seen, such as a field trip to a local museum. Pooling events that typically happen within art education programming into a single day raises general public awareness. Participat- ing school programs, universities, museums, galleries, and community Tim Lowke art centers are encouraged to share pictures, comments, and video via social media using #bigartday16. (You can find past events at #bigartday14 and #bigartday15.) Invitation to Advocate Now more than ever, the children of our nation need to be strong, educated, visual learners to achieve success and access knowledge in the twenty-first century. As art educa- tors, it is our job to promote quality visual arts education by advocating it as an integral part of a balanced cur- riculum. We encourage all children, youth, and adults to be visual and learn about art. You do not have to be in Texas to participate in Big Art Day; join the movement by registering your event at bigartday.org wherever you teach or serve children, youth, and adults in art education. Tim Lowke is assistant director of visual and performing arts for Round Rock ISD in Round Rock, Texas, and past president of the Texas Art Education Association. tim.lowke @ taea.org W E B L I N K bigartday.org Pooling statewide events that t picall appen within art education programming into a single da aises general public awareness due to the number of things happening simultaneousl . A D V O C A C Y Big Art Da 8 MARCH 2016 SchoolArts

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