Policy Proposals

For their final project in “Democracy in the Arts,” students crafted policy proposals and delivered them to leaders and officials who could act on them. Click here to see the assignment prompt, and click any of the proposal summaries below to access the proposals themselves.




Creating an Accessibility Policy for the St. Olaf Music Department

Making Band Accessible at Ankeny High School

Improve Accessibility for the Hearing-Impaired at Shorewood High School Theater Productions




Creating a Music Program at the Alternative Learning Center in Owatonna, MN

Equitable Budgeting for Minnesota’s One-Act Play Contest

Native Alaskan Oral Histories in the Yukon-Koyukuk School District

Arts Integration at Anoka-Hennepin Elementary Schools

Making General Music Classrooms Culturally Relevant

Collaboration between the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Laura Baker Services Association Choir

Evaluating Arts Accessibility in Oregon Schools


Public Art and Creative Placemaking


Little Free Libraries at Bus Stops in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District

Indigenous Art Competition at Mount Rushmore

Capturing Intergenerational Stories in Washington, DC’s Wards

Commemorating the Arlington Heights, IL Recreation Center


Therapeutic Art


Art Therapy for Minnesota Veterans

St. Olaf Student-Led Music Activities at Benedictine Living Community of Northfield

Music Therapy to Improve Mental Health at Lincoln High School in San Jose, Costa Rica

Humanizing Homelessness Through Art Therapy in Spokane, Washington


And More!


New Music for and with St. Olaf’s Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community

Clarifying Copyright Policy to Encourage Free Musical Creation

Revising the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act to Encourage Philanthropic Giving

Arts Festival Fundraiser for DuPont Underground