GALA board president Mindy Taylor shares some photos and experiences from her time in Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day 2015. Events were held March 23rd and 24th and serve as a way for organizations to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice. Here’s Mindy:
“As GALA was a national co-sponsor of this year’s Arts Advocacy Day, I had the opportunity to attend the White House Briefing. Pictured is Deputy Director, John Abodeely of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Abodeely reported on an evaluation report of “Turnaround Arts,” a public-private partnership that aims to test the hypothesis that strategically implementing high-quality and integrated arts education programming in high-poverty, chronically under-performing schools adds significant value to school-wide reform. Some key findings:
- Significant progress in student achievement, 7 out of 8 schools improved reading proficiency rates, and 6 out of 8 schools improved math proficiency rates.
- Half of the Turnaround Arts schools improved attendance rates significantly between 2011 and 2014, with an average attendance rate of 91.77%.
- More than half of Turnaround Arts schools dramatically reduced in-school and out-of-school suspensions. For example New Orleans: 51.32% overall suspension reduction; 81.13% in-school suspension reduction between 2011 and 2014. Portland, OR: 70% reduction in both in- and out-of-school suspensions between 2011 and 2014.
The full report can be found at pcah.gov.”