The Coalition on Coalitions (CoCs) supports NAMM members and their networks working on state-level music and arts education advocacy efforts. The Indiana network provides tactics, resources and best practices to move and improve state-level policies, funding and advocacy for music and arts education.
2018 Indiana Arts Education Day
The Indiana Arts Education Network hosted its 2nd annual Indiana Arts Education Day at the Indiana Statehouse, 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, on Tuesday, February 13th 2018. For more information please contact a member of the IAEN steering committee listed below.
The Arts Education Day message this year focused primarily on two areas before the Indiana General Assembly.
- House Bill 1398 – allows Indiana school corporations to suspend previously required course offerings (including music & arts) to give flexibility to students for other technical/vocational programs.
- House Bill 1426 (Education Matters) & Senate Bill 177 (The Indiana High School Diploma) - consolidate the four current Indiana diploma offerings into one consolidated diploma to ensure that all Indiana high school graduations count towards federal graduation rates as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this consolidated diploma, music and arts are still listed as “directed electives” rather than “graduation requirements”.
Additional legislator outreach: Contact any member of the IAEN Steering Committee (listed below) to receive additional information regarding additional outreach to State legislators via telephone & e-mail to echo the message carried to the statehouse in person on 2/13. This “One-Two-Punch” strategy delivered a consistent message to all Indiana House & Senate members in support of arts education for all Indiana students.
For information about how you can become involved in ongoing advocacy efforts, please contact a member of the IAEN Steering Committee listed below.
IAEN Steering Committee:
Matt Carter, Vice President of Destination Development
for Visit Indy and Executive Director of Music Crossroads
Mark Goff, Owner of Paige’s Music, and Chairman of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
Mike Kamphuis, Managing Director of the Division of Education of Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Lane Velayo, Executive Director of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA)
John Wittmann, Manager of Education and Artist Relations for Yamaha Corporation of America