If you could air a one-minute PSA about arts education during the Superbowl, what would you show?

A few Workshop staff members have some great ideas. Which ad would you air?

The "arts and athleticism aren't mutually exclusive." -Larry Jones

Larry Jones, Program and Administrative  Assistant: I’d probably do a minute clip that splices a quarterback on the field with someone that takes dance classes for agility and focus, which shows arts and athleticism aren’t mutually exclusive.

“Change the future. Change education. Change lives.” -Jessica Mele

Jessica Mele, Executive Director: After yesterday’s video filming at Drew, I would opt for snippets of student interviews (“before dance class, I _____; Now, I _____”, interspersed with footage of students performing.

Follow that with a list of 21st century skills, as the students name each of the ones they learned. And a final salient image of education: the reality today. With caption “Change the future. Change education. Change lives.” Or something cheesy like that.

“Arts education advocates performing their own touchdown dances.” -Karena Salmond

Karena Salmond, Program Director: I would air a spot featuring celebrities of various disciplines who are arts education advocates performing their own touchdown dances. They would perform their dance, then say a sentence about why arts education is important. The final shot would be something like, “when the arts are a part of every child’s education, it’s a touchdown for everyone.” End scene.

"It would be cool to have pictures of George Washington dancing." -Anne Trickey

Anne Trickey, Program and Communications Manager: I would love to be able to show childhood images of famous and/or highly skilled scientists, business people, world leaders, etc. learning art. It would be great if the movement or image of them participating in arts education melted into an image of them in their profession doing the same thing/utilizing the same skills. “Art Education – how good ideas become great or igniting the minds of a nation since 1776” or something like that.

It would be cool to have pictures of George Washington dancing and then in battle or Lewis and Clark painting and then on the trail. As a history nerd I like the idea that all of our most influential nation builders and influencers found their passion through art.

"I would split the screen and show a "day in the life" video of two students at two different schools." -Beverly Mislang

Beverly Mislang, Individual Giving Coordinator: I would split the screen and show a “day in the life” video of two students at two different schools.

I’d juxtapose the differences in their arts education opportunities: One student has arts-integrated lessons while the other is diligently taking notes in a dreary classroom.

One student has a lunchtime literary magazine meeting, 6th period jazz band, and dance practice after school. The other student is doing more of the same: taking notes and practice standardized tests.

In the final frames, these words will show against a black backdrop: “These two schools are just a mile apart. All students deserve quality arts education every day.”

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