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



- by Donna Chinn, Los Al Arts

 Los Al Drama Director Stacy Castiglione, known to her students as “Mrs. C , is new to our district, but she has 10 years of teaching experience, plus an extensive background in various aspects of theatre.  She oversees the high school drama program of approx. 60 intermediate & advanced drama students plus 2 beginning drama classes.  She has set out an ambitious schedule of 6 dramatic productions for her first year, which includes a musical. She coaches students for theatre festivals, the Cappies (Critics & Awards 

Escondido sm{ART} Festival 2014



The Escondido Alliance for Arts Education Thanks all of the sponsors and participating arts organizations

"sm"ART Festival at the Center for the Arts

Unmasking Creativity: Advocacy Breakfast Wrap-up

An amazing event and group of allies!

Great coverage by the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Click here.

For a video of the full event, click here.

smART Project Call to Artists

The Escondido Alliance for Arts Education (EAAE) has established a community-based system to formulate and implement strategies, which embrace arts education in the Escondido schools.  Our  smART Friday's project  joins local artists with local schools and facilitates the sharing of knowledge for a variety of art genres.

Oak Teacher Raising Money for Arts

- by Donna Chinn, Los Alamitos Alliance for Arts Education

Justin Padilla is one member of LAEF's Royal Court who is vying to become King.  The top fundraisers in the Los Alamitos Education Foundation's King & Queen of Hearts Campaign will be crowned at the Royal Ball & Coronation event on November 22nd.  All monies raised go to LAEF to support LAUSD in connecting students to the 4 As of Academics, Athletics, Activities, and Arts.

Mr Padilla is a performing artist and passionate arts educator.  He directs the instrumental music program at Oak Middle School, which includes jazz band;  philharmonic, symphonic & string orchestras; symphonic winds; concert winds, concert band, and exploratory wheel.  He has brought his students to perform at Disneyland and the Monterey Jazz Festival,  as well as a Family Event for fellow district school Rossmoor Elementary. Among his many credits as a performer, he played saxophone with the Class Notes Big Band this March.  Mr Padilla's goal for students is" to have fun while making music and develop the disciplines to enhance lifelong learning potential."

Go to for more details on the King & Queen of Hearts Campaign.

Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education

Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education

Advocacy Breakfast: Unmasking Creativity

New Emphasis on Design Thinking

Walter Issacson, author of the Steve Jobs biography, discovered that in all Apple's products "technology (was) married to great design, elegance, human touches, and even romance." On a personal note, Isaacson added,

The creativity that can occur when a feel for both the humanities and the sciences combine in one strong personality was the topic that most interested me in my biographies of Franklin and Einstein, and I believe ... will be a key to creating innovative economies in the twenty-first century.

Not surprisingly, the importance of design and the creativity inherent in the concept of design, is weaving its way into more programs on college campuses.

Recently, the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation (Paul is CEO of Qualcomm and a Berkeley alum) gave $20 million to the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, for a new institute for design innovation that will expand the role of design in engineering education.

In making the gift Jacobs said:

In our interconnected innovation economy, it is not enough to provide our future engineering leaders with technical skills.... they must also learn how to work in interdisciplinary teams, how to iterate designs rapidly, how to manufacture sustainably, how to combine art and engineering, and how to address global markets.

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U.S. Business Cannot Ignore the Importance of the New Economy

 Last year, despite Europe's budget woes, the European Union announced that it was spending £1.8 billion ( $2,423,520,00) for the period 2014-2020 (to) "boost their cultural and creative industries," which, they said, "are a major source of jobs and growth in Europe."                                                                                       The U.S. meanwhile is doing too little to prepare itself for the crative and innovative age: The U.S.