Arts News January 2015

January is International Creativity Month.  Did you know that creativity was the most important skill sought after by more than 1500 CEOs?  Success in the workplace begins with imagination in the classroom. A standards-based arts education is about building every student’s creative capacity so that he/she succeeds in college and career.  That is why Boeing Corporation has partnered with the California -and local  - Alliances for Arts Education.  
This month’s school performances included “Legally Blonde”, a musical theatre production at McAuliffe. The drama and choir programs, under the direction of Ms Megan Cozad and Mrs Shannon Wallace, collaborated to put on the 2-night show, which included different casts for each night.
LAHS Dance presented 4 performances of “The Piano”.  This show, created and directed by Mrs Rikki Jones, consisted of more than 20 dances about the “life” experiences of the title-named keyboard instrument.
Many students of instrumental music are in the process of auditioning for Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.  These highly competitive honor groups accept the only most skilled student musicians from the Southern California region. 
The PTA Reflections programs at Weaver and McGaugh recognized their participating students at morning assemblies.  The winners of 4th District will be announced in mid-February.  Our Reflections Gallery will take place in March, to exhibit the works of all participants in the district.  
I was invited to be part of the District Advisory Committee, which provides input to our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  My goal is to be a voice for arts education in this process, to continue to promote creativity in our schools.  Please feel free to send me your suggestions for enhancing arts education at Los Al, and pass this newsletter on to anyone else who might be interested.  Thank you.