Policy Council

The Alliance’s Policy Council is composed of allied partners from education, business, arts and parent organizations. Working in conjunction with the Board of Directors, it is charged with authoring the Vision Framework and recommending annual Strategic Priorities, which guide the work of the California Alliance. By engaging a broad cross section of stakeholders, this enables the Alliance to focus on the most pressing issues and concerns facing arts education at the state and local levels.

Membership in the Policy Council is open to all organizations that have an ability to mobilize people and advocate on behalf of arts education. The goal is to build a Policy Council that has a balanced representation among education, business, arts and parent organizations.  There is an annual fee for participation on the Policy Council. The fee covers the cost of participation and provides general operating support for the Alliance’s programs and services. The Policy Council meets twice annually, rotating between Northern and Southern California. For more information, email caae@artsed411.org.

Policy Council

Organization Representative Title
Alameda County Office of Education DEREK FENNER Arts Learning Program Manager
Arts Council Santa Cruz County SARAH BROTHERS Arts Education Manager
Arts for LA GUSTAVO HERRERA Executive Director
California Humanities JULIE FRY* President & CEO
California Art Education Association (CAEA) ROBYN MACNAIR President
California Arts Council JOSY MILLER Arts Education Program Specialist
California Association of Museums VERONICA ALVAREZ Director of School and Teacher Programs
California Dance Education Association (CDEA)





California Department of Education JACK MITCHELL** Secondary Arts Consultant
California Educational Theatre Association (CETA)





California Federation of Teachers GINGER FOX LAUSD Itinerant Performing Arts Teacher, Dance
California Labor Management Initiative, CDE Foundation ED HONOWITZ* Project Director
California Latino School Boards Association JESUS HOLGUIN Treasurer
California Music Educators Association JOHN BURN President
California School Boards Association SUSAN HENRY President
California State PTA DONNA ARTUKOVIC Legislative Advocate, Education
California State Summer School for the Arts Foundation HEIDI KERSHAW Executive Director
California Teachers Association JAMES BENANTI Liaison
Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates DALOUGE SMITH Representative
CCSESA Arts Initiative SARAH ANDERBERG Director
CreateCA PATRICIA WAYNE Program Director
CSU East Bay Arts Education Initiative ERIC ENGDAHL Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
LA Phil LENI BOORSTIN Director of Community and Government Affairs
Latino Arts Network REBECCA NEVAREZ Executive Director
Little Kids Rock TONY SAUZA Southern California Regional Program Director
Los Angeles County Arts Ed Collective DENISE GRANDE Director of Arts Education
National Guild for Community Arts Education TBA  
Olive Grove Consulting  EMILY HALL* Founder & CEO
P.S. ARTS KRISTEN PAGLIA Executive Director
Performing Arts Workshop EMILY GARVIE Executive Director
San Francisco Arts Commision LIZ OZOL Program Officer, Community Investments
Teaching Artists Guild JEAN JOHNSTONE Executive Director
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts MARK SLAVKIN* Director of Education
Walter and Elise Haas Fund FRANCES PHILLIPS Program Director
Young Storytellers Foundation BILL THOMPSON Executive Director

* California Alliance Board    ** Government Agency Liaison

Revised 6/14/18

2018-2019 Strategic Priorities Recommended by the Policy Council

Each year, the Policy Council identifies the most pressing issues and concerns facing arts education at the state and local levels and recommends a list of Strategic Priorities. These priorities are approved by the Board and guide the Alliance’s work for the year.

  • Implementing SB 933 – Developing a yearlong strategy to support the implementation of SB 933 (if it is enacted), along with the budget item included in the state budget providing funding for arts education (along with student health centers and student mental health outreach)
  • Implementing/Supporting New VAPA Standards – Building upon the development of new VAPA standards which will be unveiled January 2019, we will promote the dissemination of these standards, providing support and guidance to advancing the standards at all levels of the education system
  • Campaign to Demand a Remedy – Continuing to advance the conversation around potential strategies for a comprehensive response to the question of compliance with education code language requiring that all students receive arts education

Ongoing Priorities of the Alliance

Increase Access to Quality Arts Education

  • Increase statewide network of local advocates.
  • Implement models of local advocacy.
  • Provide training and assistance to local advocates.
  • Implement local advocacy work including the Student Voices Campaign, Arts Now Campaign, Arts Now Planning Initiative, LCFF advocacy, and Arts Now Communities.
  • Activate stakeholders to influence key local and state level policy decisions (e.g. administrators, school board members, decision-makers, advocates).
  • Advance Title I Arts Initiative by publishing and presenting new policy paper at statewide and national conferences, and continuing to promote strategies with targeted county education offices in partnership with CCSESA.
  • In addition to our core focus on the regular school day, explore ways to help youth access arts education outside the public school system. This may include connections and collaborations with organizations serving incarcerated youth, after school sphere, summer learning and non-traditional educational settings.
  • Determine and implement appropriate measures to evaluate success.
  • Use Arts Education Data Project to identify and target areas with low arts education participation rates.
  • Promote adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning.

Improve the Quality of Arts Education

  • Work with the Policy Council to identify trends in arts education.
  • Engage the Policy Council in quality action plan to:
    • Explore creating a unified message around the definition of a high-quality arts education;
    • Promote sequential, standards-based arts education;
    • Pursue policies to integrate arts education.
  • Explore ways to include the arts in the California School Dashboard.
  • Promote legislation to increase compliance with education code language that requires instruction in arts education from pre-K through grade 12.
  • Promote legislation that supports professional development of the new arts education standards.
  • As a founding member of CreateCA, support the Arts Education Data Project to promote increased awareness and accountability related to arts education.
  • Raise the profile and visibility of arts education in 2018 elections.