I graduated with an arts education degree but I have had a terrible time finding a job. It seems like most art teachers are either long entrenched in their jobs, or their jobs are being phased out entirely. It doesn't leave much room for new art teachers and I have had to expand my job search considerably. I started out looking only for jobs in my city, then just my state, then the region and now I am looking nationally.
Are there any art teachers out there who can offer me some advice? How did you find the jobs you have? How did you distinguish yourself from other candidates? Finally, and probably most importantly, how do we convince people that arts education is a vital part of the educational experience? In a decade or so this might become a problem for all of us.