June News from the Alliance


Last week, the Policy Council of the California Alliance met in Los Angeles and voted to endorse two ballot initiatives in the November election - the one proposed by Governor Brown, the other by "Our Children Our Future." The decision to endorse both was made with a recognition of what is at stake for California's schools.

Since 2008, our schools have sustained $20 billion in cuts. If neither ballot initiative passes in November, schools will be hit with another $5.5 billion in cuts. In order for children to have access to a complete education that includes the arts, schools must have adequate funding.


For these reasons, the Alliance strongly urges a yes vote on both initiatives. We simply cannot afford to lose. We must do everything we can to help ensure that at least one of these measures passes. In the event that both should pass, only the one with the higher number of votes will be enforced.

You will be hearing more from us about this in the coming months, as well as about our Candidate Survey Project and Student Video Campaign, which launch this fall. In the meantime, we wish you a restorative summer.

Joe Landon Signature

Joe Landon
Executive Director


Join our School Board Candidate Survey 2012 
Decisions about funding for academic programs are increasingly being made at the local level. In response, the California Alliance launched the Candidate Survey project, which provides information to voters about where local school board candidates stand on arts education. We have created a step-by-step guide with all the tools you need – from cover letters to an online publishing platform – and we invite your district to participate. Results will be published in an online voter guide two weeks before the November election. Learn more about how to get involved

Join our Student Video Campaign

The Alliance has launched an initiative to bring student voices to the forefront of advocacy efforts. This fall, in partnership with Inner-City Arts, we will initiate a student video campaign that will give students from around our state a chance to share their creativity and passion for the arts. The campaign will live on a state-of-the-art software platform developed by creative strategy and design company, Big New Ideas. The site will provide a gallery of student videos as well as a dynamic interface so that people can share videos to social networks as well as send them to elected officials. We see this as a first phase in what will be an ongoing advocacy tool that we can use in relationship to specific issues. Find out more about how your community, classroom or organization can get involved

SB 789 (Price) Moves Ahead in the Assembly 

Yesterday, SB 789, a bill sponsored by the California Alliance and carried by Senator Curren Price, was passed in the Assembly’s Education Committee. Dan Hunter, who successfully passed this bill in Massachusetts, offers insight into the behind-the-scenes work of getting a bill passed. Read more. 


Advocates in Fresno Give Fundraising a Good Name
When Elva Rodriguez launched an arts education advocacy group in Central Unified Fresno, she already had good, solid relationships with local businesses. She had been involved with the Rotary club as well as the school district, but wondered how she could create a meaningful way for business to support arts education in the community. Her team came up with a concrete idea. They asked the Rotary Club and other local businessnesses to sponsor and name a wall in the community gallery that would be devoted to student artwork. Read more. 



Save the Date for the Fall 2012 AEP National Forum
Join the Arts Education Partnership in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a vibrant conversation on the topic of integrative thinking. This Forum will feature unique initiatives among education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic sectors that are thinking and working differently from their traditional roles. Arts and education leaders are looking at these unique collaborations to reimagine a new kind of learning environment – one that uses arts learning to shape a nation of creative, collaborative thinkers. Learn more.



Paid Apprenticeship in Traditional Arts
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices who have shown a commitment to and a talent for a specific artistic tradition. The application deadline is July 16, 2012. Learn more.

Living Cultures Grants to Support Traditional Arts Program

The Living Cultures Grants Program funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in traditional arts in California. Past grants have funded a variety of community-based traditional arts practiced by Californians from many cultural communities across the state, including traditional Hawaiian garment-making in Alameda County, Hmong qeej instruction in Sacramento County, Native Californian basket documentation and preservation in Yolo County, Oaxacan cultural festivals in Fresno and Kern Counties, Cambodian classical dance workshops in Los Angeles County, traditional Philippine dance and music workshops in San Diego County, and the celebration of Romani culture in Sonoma County. The application deadline is July 16, 2012. Learn more.

Online Arts Integration Conference by Education Closet
Education Closet will offer a one-day conference on arts integration for teachers on July 31, 2012. Professional development workshops led by national experts in dance, drama, music and art will be presented online all day. Learn more



Art Teacher (Graphic Arts), Kimball High School

Kimball High School in Tracy, CA seeks a Art Teacher (Graphic Arts). Learn more.


Art Teacher, San Mateo Union High School District
The San Mateo Union High School District in San Mateo, CA seeks an Arts Teacher. Learn more. 

Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park
Friends of the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, seeks an Executive Director. Learn more. 

Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art
The Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside seeks an Executive Director. Learn more. 

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