Saddleback Receives Grant from Collaborative Fund

Below is the press release that announced that Saddleback Unified School District is one of 8 school districts that received a grant from the Collaborative Fund.  We are excited and proud to participate in this grant!

SVPTA Reflections Art Work Displayed in Board Room

The Saddleback Alliance for Arts Education helped to provide the permanent display set-up in the school board room.  The Saddleback Valley PTA Reflections winning art pieces are now on display in the school district board room.  The next time you are at the district offices, make sure you look inside the board room to see the fabulous art work created by students throughout the district.

School Board approves Strategic Plan for Arts Education

 On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 the SVUSD Board of Education unanimously approved the Strategic Plan for Arts Education in SVUSD for the next five years.  During this process the Board of Education members asked for a future presentation on the elements of the plan.  This presentation will most likely be done sometime in the Fall.  Members of the Saddleback Alliance for Arts Education participated in working on the plan.

The Newport Mesa Arts Commission

On Thursday, March 29, 2012 the Newport Mesa Arts Commission re-convened at the Environmental Nature Center. Some of the participants were original members from its beginnings in 2007 and some were new additions.

Report from the Parent Education event on April 17th


Article by Courtney Fielder, Capistrano Alliance Coordinator

The Capistrano Council of PTSA sponsored a parent education event on Tuesday, April 17th, at the Capistrano Unified School District office. The event hosted guest speakers Pat Wayne from Arts Orange County, Sarah Murr from Boeing and Jim Thomas from the Orange County Department of Education.

Encinitas Arts Festival Saturday May 5

Join us this Saturday, May 5th for the Encinitas Arts Festival. The event will be held 10am - 5pm at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center and feature student theater and dance performances, hands on arts and dance workshops, a drum circle and food trucks! For more information, visit 

Arts Integration-Moving Forward!

The California Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts [is holding] hearings on legislation that will develop a "creativity index" to measure creativity in public schools statewide. This movement matches legislation [passed in] Massachusetts last spring, and is much like a bill working its way through the legislature in Oklahoma. Maine, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado and Wisconsin are beginning similar discussions and Nebraska is getting itself organized. Seoul, Korea, and Alberta and Edmonton in Canada -- and probably other cities and nations around the world -- are following these efforts closely. Clearly something big is happening across America.

Creative Visions and Imagination Celebration at the HB Art Center

We're very excited for tonight's "Creative Visions and Imagination Celebration" Gala Reception at the Art Center on Main Street! Stop by tonight between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to support and celebrate our young local artists.

It's a unique opportunity to view, in one gallery, the progress that our students make in visual arts from kindergarten through grade 12. And this year there will be live choral and band performances as well! 

Stop by the HB Alliance for Arts Education table to sign up for our email list, grab some literature on the importance of arts education and just say hello.

Admission is free and open to the public. If you cannot make it tonight, the exhibit will run between April 18th and April 28th. For more information, please visit:



It's All About Creativity

According to John Eger's newest blog in the Huffington Post, "Clearly something big is happening across America" and that something is creativity. Next week, arts education stakeholders from all over California will gather in Coronado to talk about "how the arts and creative education can transform California classrooms."  Next month, the California Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts will hold hearings on SB 789, legislation that will require the Governor to develop a "creativity index," which in turn would be used to measure creativity in public schools statewide. SB 789 was authored by Senator Curren Price of the 26th Senatorial District and sponsored by the California Alliance.

Local Advocacy in Stanislaus: Getting Parents Involved

The Challenge: How do you connect with parents across a large, rural county with twenty-three separate school districts?

The Strategy: Invite parents to an event featuring resources for advocacy and a free night of theater.

The Story: When the Stanislaus Alliance for Arts Education launched last fall, it was clear that parents were key to preserving or expanding arts education in Stanislaus schools.

“We saw right away that the districts that had arts programs were the ones where parents were involved -- through booster clubs, PTAs or education foundations,” says Patty Larrick, the local organizer for the Stanislaus Alliance. “Our challenge was to bring all these different groups together, in order to share best practices and coordinate efforts.”