Arts Now Communities

The Arts Now Communities program is a statewide network of regional, district, and county advocacy groups who receive strategic coaching, training, communications support, and stipends from the Alliance to pursue Arts Now Campaign objectives. Each year, the Alliance hosts an Arts Now Leadership Institute, which gathers members of our Arts Now Communities from across the state to receive professional development, share their success stories and challenges, and help build a stronger statewide network. See the list below to find an Arts Now Community near you or contact one of our Field Managers to learn how to start a new group in your community. 

Robin Hampton is a lifelong advocate for arts education in California believing in the value and vast benefits of the arts for all students.  She is enjoying her role of working with the California Alliance for Arts Education coaching communities and districts across the state with building sustainable arts education in public schools.  She was Coordinator of the successful Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance from 2012 - 2016, spearheading their assessment of arts education offerings in Napa County and the creation and implementation of the county’s first-ever Arts Education Master Plan.  Prior to coordinating the Napa Alliance, Robin worked for 20 years as Program Manager and Executive Director of the Napa Valley Education Foundation, and built its robust Music Connection program.  She brings much experience and success in bringing clear concise vision to several arts organizations around the state receiving the Napa County Real Hero Award with special recognitions by Congressman Mike Thompson and Senator Noreen Evans.  She was declared North Bay Business Journal’s Non-profit Administrator of 2012 and 2013.  Born and raised in Northern California, Robin is now proud to make her home now in Orcutt with her husband and their Boston Terrier.  She currently serves as Arts Commissioner for Santa Barbara County.  When not exploring the beautiful central coast of California, she enjoys spending time with her two amazing grandsons.  She is passionate about furthering awareness of the value of the arts in her local community, Santa Barbara county, and the State of California.  

Jessa is the Northern California Local Advocacy Field Manager for the California Alliance for Arts Education, community organizing for advocacy and policy shifts for equity in arts education statewide. Jessa is a renowned educator, facilitator, and arts-centered instructional designer who uses compassionate inquiry to unlock people's inherent creativity. She is a sixth-generation Californian, fourth generation artist, third generation activist and mother of two young women. Jessa has been a professional theatre artist and arts educator for over twenty years. 

As Program Manager of School Transformation Through the Arts and the Integrated Learning Specialist Program out of the Alameda County Office of Education, she had the pleasure of facilitating whole-school mindset shifts. She is a founding creator of Studio Pathways for arts integration and Rise Up! An American Curriculum and has collaborated with World Trust, Zaretta Hammond, LA Educational Partners, Marin County Office of Ed and Youth Speaks/Whole Story on the Ca Spoken Word Project as Senior Pedagogical Advisor.  Moreno is ongoing Adjunct Faculty with the California Institute for Integral Studies and San Jose State University. Moreno is a founding member of White Educators for Racial Justice, a study group for decentering and disrupting bias in the classroom. She was the founding director of award-winning student theatre company OakTechRep and the Oakland Theatre Arts Initiative with Oakland Unified School District, and is known for holding story circles and using verbatim theatre to reflect our shared humanity back to ourselves.  She has a passion for the interdisciplinary art that is theatre and firing up our mirror neurons through empathetic listening. Jessa's directorial work has appeared in collaborations with CalShakes, Stanford, UC Davis and in Edinburgh, Scotland. A Bay Area resident since 1997, she has directed for Crowded Fire, TheatreFIRST, San Jose Stage Co., Marin Theatre Co school tour, the reading series at SF Playhouse, Playground at Berkeley Rep, and as Asst. Director at CalShakes. In 2011 she developed, directed and produced the critically acclaimed The Last Night of the Barbary Coast at Somarts in SF. As an actor she performed with A.C.T., Marin Theatre Company, Aurora, TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Co., SFShakes, and CenterRep, among others. Professional Awards include an Emmy (Motion Capture Specialist), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman, and Shellie Best Actress Awards. She is a graduate of Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico in Italy, holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Inquiry from CIIS and a English Language Arts Teaching Credential. 

The California Alliance for Arts Education gratefully acknowledges support for this program from the Stuart Foundation and the Adobe Foundation.