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


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.” 

March is Arts Education Advocacy Month!

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Learning and working in the Collaborative Age with Randy Nelson


Arts Programs Help Students Improve in All Areas

Arts programming was a factor leading to improved standardized test scores at three schools in Chicago over three years, according to a report released today by the educational arts non-profit Changing Worlds and Loyola University . Of course, this is what we've been saying all along, but here is another study. See the story:

Stanislaus Alliance Urges Parents to Join Advocacy Efforts

The new Stanislaus Alliance for Arts Education encouraged parents to get more involved in promoting arts at their schools at an event this month. 

"When programs are in danger, it's the parents and only the parents that save them," Patty Larrick, the alliance coordinator, told people at a parents forum at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

Working in partnership with the Gallo Center, the Stanislaus Alliance organized and event at which parents could find out how to get more involved in local advoacy efforts, as enjoy master storyteller, in performance at the Center. 

The event attracted over forty community members and was covered in the Modesto Bee. Read the story.

How Will a Creative Index Prepare Young People for the Work Force?

In an article featured in the Huffington Post, Youth Radio explores the potential impact of the creativity index proposed by SB 789 (Price), a bill sponsored by the California Alliance for Arts Education.

YMI interviewed Mary Wright, Associate Director for The Conference Board, a researcher on a report called, "Are They Really Ready To Work?", which "identified key skill sets that employers thought were important for their employees to have, and creativity and innovation were among the top
five." Wright explains how she thinks it could affect the workforce readiness of young people today.

There is growing recognition that our state¹s economy will be driven by ideas and innovation. According to a coalition of researchers, 81% of American corporate leaders say that ³creativity is an essential skill for the 21st century work force.² Yet schools have narrowed their expectations in recent years, ³teaching to the test² because standardized tests are the only public measures of school success.