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 us at caae@artsed411.org 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.  

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