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Censorship and Freedom of Expression

The ITA is pleased to announce that the “Statement on Freedom of Expression,” a joint statement from the Coalition for Theatre Education (CFTE) is now available:

The CFTE includes the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).  Formed two years ago to address issues of mutual interest and concern in the field, CFTE represents more than 7,000 theatre educators in American elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges, and universities.

Please contact Henry Bial, Vice President for Advocacy (ATHE) if you have any questions about the statement or would like additional information. 
Your Most Basic Annotated Advocacy Bibliography Minimize
First check out major professional association sites beyond our own:
The Advocacy Info Bank leads you to further resources, key documents, and an  advocacy list-serve.
Excellent section on further resources and a down loadable document bank of key  articles and reports.
Lobbying Groups on the national and statewide level have helpful information:
A good starting point for information on national arts issues and contact addresses  for federal officials. Click on Advocacy from the Home Page.
Arts Alliance Illinois 
Sub sections at their site lead you to Arts Education, Leadership, Mentor Connections, names and addresses of state legislators, and other resources. 
Our major governmental contact web sites: