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


What is the Local Advocacy Network?

Welcome to the Newport Mesa Alliance for Arts Education.

Building Relationships with Superintendents

It’s a challenge when a local alliance spends several years building a great working relationship with a school superintendent and, after all that hard work, they change districts or retire. Of course, we wish them well but when a new superintendent arrives, how does the alliance keep the momentum going?
In Orange County, the month of November has been a banner month for welcoming new superintendents to the community and framing the issue of arts education in one fell swoop.

Arts and Business Partnerships

We just found an excellent resource on the Americans for the Arts website, highlighting key reasons why businesses should consider partnering with arts organizations.  While it doesn't focus on arts education, it does mention supporting arts in our schools as a valuable action step for businesses in seek stronger arts connections.

Different Times call for Different Learning Approaches

Different Times call for Different Learning Approaches

Keith D. Boggs
Deputy Executive Officer
County of Stanislaus and a member of the Stanislaus County Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Group

“Think different.”

That simple declaration was the guiding philosophy of Steve Jobs as he built one of the most
successful companies in America. Could this also be a fitting motto for our schools?

LoCAL Arts Collaborative and South Bay heART on Center Event

Arts Ed Gather STEAM in Orange County

In its latest report on workforce indicators, the Orange County Work Force Investment Board sites a focus in education on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, Math) as being "a critical competitive advantage" for future workforce development. It also documents "the market impact of businesses and individuals involved in producing cultural, artistic, and design goods and services" in a workforce category it has named "The Creativity Sector."  Read the Report.

How Music Education Helps Students Succeed

How Music Education Helps Students Succeed

Creative Jobs in L.A. County Projected to Rise by 4.3% in 2015


LOS ANGELES, Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Otis College's Annual Report States Creative Economy Generated $129 Billion in Sales/Receipts in L.A. and Orange Counties in 2010, Up From 2009 Revenues.

LoCAL Arts Collaborative and South Bay heART on Center Event

Here is the direct link to the short 8-answer Sustaining South Bay Arts Survey.  

Dec 12th, 3:30pm-5:00 pm, 3:30pm-5:00pm - LoCAL Arts Collaborative will be sharing their research and civic action steps at Casa Familiar's, THE FRONT, in San Ysidro.

February 11, 2012, afternoon, South Bay heART on Center arts and activism event on Center St. in Chula Vista.


What's for breakfast? What's Breakfast for?

On a recent Thursday morning, a group of forty people gathered in San Francisco for a breakfast of grits, sausage and greens. It was a special occasion; it was a chance for parents, teachers, elected officials, school officials and artists to talk about how they could work together to support arts education in local public schools; it was also the launch of the thirtieth coalition in the Alliance’s Local Advocacy Network.