by Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director
Hello IAAE Executive and Advisory Board Members:
IAAE had a very successful Arts Advocacy Day on January 25th. The snowstorm prevented some advocates from attending, but we had several college students from Central College and advocates from Des Moines show up unexpectedly and they helped cover all our legislator assignments.
Special thanks to Maggie Parks and Pam Ballard who provided student art work (with connections to the NCAS listed) which was presented to all the new legislators and House and Senate Leadership. The student art work was a hit with the legislators. The 4th grade choir from Turnaround Arts School Findley Elementary sang at the opening of the House and Senate. The breakdancers from the Turnaround Arts program performed for all the arts advocates at noon.
John Lloyd Young, Tony award winning actor, was a great spokesman to all our legislators on the importance and power of arts education. Our testimony on the importance and arts education and the mentoring program was very well received by both the House and Senate Education Committees.
Larry Murphy, the IAAE lobbyist, felt it was our best presentation of the past 4 years. We presented Exemplary Service Awards to Senator Quirmabch and Representative Forristall for their support of education in our state. IAAE also honored Ken Esveld for his years of service to the IAAE board. We also honored AT & T for their contribution to the IAAE mentoring program.
We still have lots of work to do, but a great foundation was laid for our task ahead.