Arts Now Events


Summits are events that gather participants from a broad geographic area to celebrate success stories, share effective tactics and best practices, and provide a valuable networking opportunity for arts education advocates.


Ignite events, which are smaller in scale, are tailored to communities with less knowledge of the tools available to achieve arts education equity and offer hands-on training in order to spark action.

Launch Breakfast

Launch Breakfasts establish the presence of a local Arts Now Community in a district or county. Breakfast events present the mission of the Alliance, highlight Alliance resources, and develop goals and expected outcomes through inclusive participation of a wide range of local arts education advocates.

Past Events

Thank you for joining us on Saturday, April 13, 2019 for the Ignite Santa Cruz County, an event designed to motivate and bolster support for equitable and sustainable arts education countywide. Over the course of the half-day event, attendees had the opportunity to hear local success stories, participated in meaningful discussions and inspiring breakout sessions, and learned about statewide strategies and resources. The event was hosted by the California Alliance for Arts Education, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Valley Arts, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, and Santa Cruz Alliance for Arts Education (an Arts Now Community serving Santa Cruz County). Register for the free event.

The Arts Now Riverside County Summit took place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Attendees experienced how creative learning is preparing Riverside students to work, live and thrive in the 21st century. This countywide event featured exciting progress being made to nurture creativity, innovation and critical thinking in Riverside schools. Attendees engaged in meaningful discussions and workshops, heard local success stories and gained access to local and statewide strategies and resources. The event was hosted by the California Alliance for Arts Education, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Palm Springs Art Museum and Riverside County Office of Education.

View the event program here



Saturday, April 7, 2018

This Summit recognized and shared the individual and collective work in support of arts education in the Bay Area. Workshop topics included local and statewide strategies and resources for including the arts in LCFF/LCAPs, Title I, district strategic arts plans, and a creative career panel for students.

The program also featured examples of inspiring student advocacy and activism from around the state, and included a special screening of videos from the 2018 Student Voices Campaign. A student-led forum with the 2018 candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember from the 15th Assembly District, and Marshall Tuck, former CEO of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, focused on addressing students’ questions regarding arts education policy, equity, access, and other relevant topics.

The theme of the Summit was "Action for Arts Equity" and featured strides being made to increase access to arts education in the region, including surrounding counties.

Presented by: California Alliance for Arts Education, Alameda County Office of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, San Francisco Unified School District, Oakland Museum of California, California State PTA



Friday, September 9, 2016

Napa has a unique story to tell. In 2013, Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) created the ACNV Education Alliance to assess the state of arts education in Napa County. This public-private alliance after producing an arts education assessment commissioned the drafting of a Napa Arts Education Master Plan, which presents a comprehensive framework for the development of TK-12 sequential, standards-based arts education curriculum. Since then, NVUSD has hired a full-time Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator, and new curriculum and programs are being developed to fulfill the promise of the assessment and the Arts Education Master Plan.



Friday, January 6, 2017

This region-wide conference offered strategies and resources for bringing creative education to rural school districts. School leaders, teachers, and community partners from Northern Humboldt Union High School District shared how they have increased opportunities for creative learning through collaboration, partnerships within Humboldt’s creative economy, and programs that engage local artists and arts organizations in classrooms.



Arts Education Learning Exchange - San Diego County 2016

Thursday & Friday, March 17-18, 2016

The event brought national focus to two school districts in San Diego County, where arts education has emerged as a priority to improve student success. The Exchange enabled participants to witness school site learning, hear from key leaders and stakeholders within the school districts and local arts organizations, and learn strategies and resources districts can use to embed arts education in student learning.


March 16 - Pre-Event Workshop: In-School Arts Education and El Sistema School Advocacy
El Sistema Applied Case Studies led by Eric Booth:
March 17 - Chula Vista Elementary School District Presents "In-School Arts Education"
School Site Visit Documents:
March 18 - San Diego Unified School District Presents "In-School/Out-of-School VAPA Immersion Day"
School Site Visit Documents:
A celebration of student learning and community support was held the evening of March 17th to recognize these local leaders and celebrate the critical importance of arts education in student learning.

The California Alliance for Arts Education gratefully acknowledges support for this program from the Stuart Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The Music Man Foundation