Our Vision

Every student, regardless of economic circumstances, should experience a quality arts education. The visual and performing arts have a unique ability to communicate the ideas and emotions of the human spirit and connect us to our history, heritage and culture. They foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative skills. Beyond the classroom, the arts engender humanity and citizenship, which contribute to the vitality of communities and enrichment of the larger world.

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.

Strategic Priorities 2017 - 2018

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 California, Arts 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).
  • Partner with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and regional leads to support district leaders to use arts education strategies for Title I goals.
  • 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.

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;
    • Work with the state university system and relevant private colleges to increase both quality and quantity of arts educators that integrate the arts.
  • Explore ways to include the arts in California’s new Accountability Framework, and support the inclusion of the arts in assessments of student learning.
  • Promote legislation to increase compliance with education code language that requires instruction in arts education from pre-K through grade 12.
  • 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.