NAfME President-Elect Glenn E. Nierman, NAfME President Nancy E. Ditmer, and Scott C. Shuler, NAfME Immediate Past President, gather before Hill Day gets under way.
On June 28, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) began its annual Hill Day by recognizing
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici and U.S. Representative Aaron Schock for their efforts in heading up the Congressional STEAM Caucus. The Caucus seeks to bring increased attention to funding for arts education.
After that presentation, more than 130 NAfME state and division leaders, as well as other music education supporters, fanned out across Capitol Hill, undaunted even by afternoon thunderstorms on a sultry Washington, DC day.
Hill Day 2013 took on a new immediacy. Over the past several weeks there has been more progress on the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) front than has been the case in well over a decade.
With ESEA legislation under consideration in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S House of Representatives, NAfME delegates from state associations, and members of the Music Education Policy Roundtable (MEPR) discussed recent ESEA developments with elected officials. They made a case that music education be included in
any final version of the legislation.
MEPR members joined NAfME’s Hill Day advocacy efforts for the first time. MEPR is a coalition of music organizations that has been advocating for music education since February 2011.
Country singer Sarah Darling, an Iowa native who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, visited elected officials in Iowa and Tennessee, including the office of Senate Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. On June 4 Harkin introduced the
which seeks to reauthorize the ESEA. Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013
After a day of walking through the halls of Congress, the advocates attended a reception where Darling performed. NAfME also videotaped interviews with NAfME leaders for use on the Association’s new
Google Plus Hangout page.
Here is a snapshot of Hill Day 2013 events:
A Hill Day visit: (from the left) Nebraska President-Elect Sam Zitek, NAfME North Central President-Elect; Lance Nielson, Nebraska President-Elect; Nebraska President Judith Bush; Congressman Adrian Smith from Nebraska’s 3rd Districtm and Glenn E. Nierman, NAfME President-Elect.
Country singer Sarah Darling (center, back row) and Scott C. Shuler, NAfME immediate past president (right of Darling) advocate in Senator Tom Harkin's office.
Vice President Craig Manteuffel of the Kansas Music Educators Association discusses his Hill Day visits.
Leaders share their stories after a long day on the Hill.
Michael A. Butera, Executive Director of NAfME, and Nancy E. Ditmer, President of NAfME, said the Association's leaders took an important message to Capitol Hill.
At the reception, Mary Leuherson executive director of the NAMM Foundation and a member of MEPR, discussed the need for grassroots music education advocacy.
David Griffths of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) talked about ASCD's work with NAfME.
Sarah Darlng, accompanied by guitarist Tyler Flowers, performed at the Hill Day reception
Assistant Executive Director, Center for Advocacy & Public Affairs Chris Woodside thanked the leaders for their advocacy efforts.
Photos by Roz Fehr and Nelson Duffle,and courtesy of Lance Nielson
On Friday NAfME leaders
tweeted about their Hill Day visits
Watch the Hill Day Reception
Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, June 28, 2013. © National Association for Music Education