Arts Now Communities

Arts Now Communities receive leadership development, strategic assistance and communications tools from the California Alliance to support coalition building, strategic planning and arts education advocacy. Now in over thirty California communities, these coalitions convene business partners, community, arts and parent organizations to stand together for quality, accessible arts education for all students. Below are the most recent blogs from our local coalitions. For more information contact us here

  • Webinar: Introduction to Arts Now Communities (formerly the Local Advocacy Network). Slides.


Coalition Blog


Airplanes, Algae, and Arts Education

According to John Eger's newest blog in the Huffington Post, "Clearly something big is happening across America" and that something is creativity.

Read about two California initiatives aimed at transforming classrooms through creativity.

Using a Creativity Index to Re-integrate Arts into Education

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.

The STEAM Camps Are Coming


As demand for a new workforce to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, few things could be as important in this period of our nation’s history than an interdisciplinary education that brings the arts and sciences together. Not surprisingly, so-called STEAM Camps signal an increased role for the arts as part of the new curriculum.
Most analysts studying the new global economy agree that the growing “creative and innovative” economy represents America’s salvation. The STEAM camps represent a totally new approach to the curriculum, and forge a new beginning in reinventing K-12 education…. The concept of STEAM (not just STEM) is taking hold as more parents and educators are learning the importance of nurturing both sides of the brain, and creating the new thinking skills our young people will need in the new economy. Art, in all it forms, does this. Hence, the STEAM camps with the emphasis on the arts and art related businesses such as digital media, biomedicine, biotechnology, energy, and clean technologies.

A letter from Executive Director Joe Landon


This letter was sent in the latest copy of the Arts Ed Mail. It proviides more information from Sarah Murr, who presented to our group doing the CUC PTSA parent education event in April.


Leadership Team Meeting #11


Leadership Team Meeting #11

April 26, 2011   ~   8:30 AM – 10:30 AM





PRESENT:  Ron, Reina, Keith, Debbie, Russ, Bruce, Clint, Tammy, Lauren

ABSENT:  Jerry (Excused), Beverly (Excused), Jenn, Kimberly,



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.