Monday, August 30, 2010

EdTA to form advocacy task force

The Educational Theatre Association has begun accepting applications from its members to serve on the newly forming EdTA Advocacy Task Force. The mission of the group is to promote the interests of the organization and the field on national, state, and local issues that impact K-12 theatre education. The task force will include one representative from each of EdTA’s four regions, an at-large representative, the executive director, and the EdTA director of educational policy.

“There’s a real need for us to step up with our expertise and experience,” said James Palmarini, director of educational policy. “In these difficult times, arts education is at serious risk, but it’s also an era of great opportunity. EdTA has a responsibility to add our voice to the national conversation on everything from reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to the revision of the National Standards for Arts Education. What we want to do with the task force is to build a network of state and local theatre education advocates who can share what they know and what they’re doing to promote and protect their programs and students.”

To view the task force charter, go to

EdTA members interested in representing their region should send a short email letter to that includes a summary of past or present advocacy and policy work in their district and state. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2010.

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