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


Arts Integration In The South Bay/The Huffington Post

Help This South Bay Theater Ensemble Get Started!

Young Audiences of San Diego is working to get this ensemble off the ground! Please help make this a reality! We only have until December to get a $5000 matching grant to launch this program!

Please Complete This Survey On Budget Cut Priorties For SUHSD!

P.S. We're not a fan of #10!



By Clayton Lord


Representatives from the Humboldt Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Team

Innovative Strategies for Local Advocacy

No sooner did we finish writing a handbook for our Local Advocacy Network (affectionately named the LANBook), then new challenges emerged from the work being done on the ground.

Contributing to our Mission

One of our missions is to "make the compelling case for arts education."  Elliot Eisner, (Professor Emeritus, Stanford) contributes to the case through his "10 Lessons The Arts Teach".

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

The Stanislaus County Alliance Vision and Mission Statement

The Stanislaus Alliance Vision and Mission Statement:

Through informed and intelligent decision making by educators, and involvement and assistance from the community at large, quality arts education in Stanislaus County schools will be an essential part of every student's educational experience.

The Stanislaus County Alliance for Arts Education will

•  make the compelling case for arts education to policy and decision makers, educators, parents, and the public at large;

Art Education Impacts 21st Century Workforce

Supported by a grant from the National Art Education Foundation, a nationwide research study, NCLB: A Study of Its Impact on Art Education Programs by F. Robert Sabol, Ph.D., Purdue University, highlights the impact of No Child Left Behind on visual art education. The study takes stock of the current state of arts education and how it fosters innovation and creative skills that prepare students for the 21st century workforce.

Read the full report ... very interesting.

Arts Education and An Innovative Workforce

It’s well-known that a well-developed arts education teaches communications skills, teamwork, problem solving, responsibility, and the ability to adapt to change. According to Sarah Murr, title, all of these skills are considered critical by Boeing for its highly skilled workforce. However, tight state budgets and a lack of appreciation for what an arts education provides a young mind, and subsequently an adult mind, have resulted in the abandonment or near abandonment of arts programs across the nation.