Tuesday, September 9, 2008

IAAE At Work for You

As Executive Director of IAAE, I met with Representative Bruce Braley at one of his "Congress on Your Corner" meetings held at the AEA in Bettendorf, Iowa. The meeting was well attended and Congressman Braley remained beyond the time he had alloted to allow all who wished to speak to him on a one-on-one basis. I shared information on the Alliance and its involvement with the Department of Education and the office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the status of arts education in Iowa, including our current part in the Model Core and the 21st Century Skills along with our efforts for expansion in these areas as well as others. I also left a packet of materials on the latest research of the importance of arts education in a total education. Senator Braley shared that his own children are involved in the arts and that he is an arts advocate. The conversation was most productive and I look forward to a continued dialogue with the senator.

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