In recent years, schools across the country have been forced to cut their arts education curriculums due to lack of resources. Musician Andra Day was exposed to such programs from a young age, and for her, they are essential to giving children a well-rounded education by providing opportunities to express themselves via dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts. Andra advocates for taking action in support of strengthening arts education in order to make it a legislative priority. She says, “I’ve just realized throughout this process how important voicing your opinion is to people, but also at the polls.”

Now that we have officially reached the one-week mark until the 45th President of the United States is elected, we encourage you to let your voice be heard by voting for the candidate you feel is most qualified.

Previous episodes of “Why I Vote” featured Vic Mensa sharing his personal experiences with police brutality, T.I. telling his own story of growing up in Atlanta at the beginning of the government’s “War on Drugs,” Kesha discussing LGBT rights, American Authors talking about gun safety, and Becky G. discussing immigration.

The final two episodes of “Why I Vote” will premiere this week and will feature Common and JoJo.