Amador Adopts the Declaration of Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning

The Challenge: How to Energize Support for Arts Education among your School Board, School Administration, and district Parents

The Strategy: Ask the School Board to Adopt the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning

The Story: The Amador Alliance for Arts Education, a local advocacy coalition working to increase access to the arts education, was looking for a way to gain visibility and inspire district leaders to take action. Faced with this challenge, the group turned to the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning.

The Declaration, a resource developed by CreateCA, expresses the belief that all California students deserve to have access to quality arts education to provide them with the skills they need to succeed in college, career and life. Outlining each student’s right to high-quality public arts education, regardless of their background, culture, language or geographic location, the Declaration highlights that arts learning – which includes dance, music, theatre, and visual and media arts – is an essential part of a comprehensive education for all students.

The Declaration is an inspiring way to connect with arts advocates and motivate action to increase access to arts education. Recognizing the inspiring aspirations in the Declaration, the Amador Alliance decided to use this document as a way to say, “We are here to help!”

They were also ready to provide the community with more information about the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), attend the LCAP meetings held by the district, and recommend the creation of a district strategic arts plan. Attending the school board meeting to offer support and resources, the Amador Alliance hoped to spark excitement and start conversations about how to bring arts to schools. The upbeat, collaborative and helpful approach of the Amador Alliance has proved to be highly successful!

On December 13, Emily-Ann Hopkins, a Junior at Amador High School, presented to the ACUSD School Board to introduce the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning. The Amador Alliance brought printed resources for the school board members and asked the board to adopt the Declaration. Since the presentation, the school board has said it is prepared to adopt the Declaration at the next school board meeting on January 17th, 2018. Leading with offers to help and providing resources, the Amador Alliance has been able to open doors, make connections, and find allies in their mission to provide arts education to all students.