The mission of California Alliance for Arts Education is to promote, support, and advocate for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools.
The California Alliance is in its fourth decade of working to build a brighter future for our state by making the arts a core part of every child’s education. A statewide leader and convener, the Alliance galvanizes California’s educators and other experts in arts and culture to advocate for quality arts education for all students. Our efforts focus on three keys areas:
STATE POLICY: We champion essential funding and supportive policies to advance quality, accessible arts education. The Alliance authors briefing papers on critical topics, which advance sound policy development.
COALITION BUILDING: Our Local Advocacy Network, now in numerous California communities and web-based advocacy groups, builds the capacity of advocates to communicate a unified message in their local communities by providing advocacy expertise, communications tools and leadership development.
PUBLIC ADVOCACY: Through media coverage, public presentations and an array of online tools the Alliance engages the public in state and local arts education advocacy. Partnerships with leading state education, parent and arts organizations as well as business leaders and members of our Policy Council extend our reach to millions of California citizens.
The Alliance’s Policy Council, composed of allied partners from education, business, arts and parent organizations, develops the Vision Framework, which describes the desired outcomes and the broad areas of policy and practice for our work.