June News from the Alliance


Alliance Endorses Ballot Initiatives

Alliance Endorses Ballot Initiatives
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.

District Dance Festival

Our 3rd Annual district Dance Festival is this coming weekend, Friday and Saturday June 8 & 9 @ 7:00pm in the NHHS Robert Wentz theater. Tickets are $12 presale (through NH & CdM ASB) and $15 at the door.  We are excited that this year will include students from the new and growing dance program at Costa Mesa High School! 

Please consider coming out to cheer on these talented young people and the teachers who inspire and direct them!


District High School Art Showcase


Please attend the District High School Art Showcase this Tuesday evening, June 5 at the Frank M. Doyle Art Center Gallery at Orange Coast College to honor these talented young people.

5:30pm the Gallery opens

6:00pm Reception - Costa Mesa High School Jazz Band Performance 6:30pm Awards Ceremony

The Gallery will open to the public from 2:00pm-6:00pm Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

The Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund Awards $66,000 to Eight School Districts

Press Relese From Pat Wayne,Arts Orange County Deputy Director Dated April 6, 2012

The Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund-a collaboration between the Orange County Community Foundation and Arts Orange County-recently presented grants totaling $66,000 to 8 Orange County School Districts. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 were made possible by funding from The Boeing Company and the Orange County Community Foundation.

Arts Education is ALIVE in Huntington Beach!

What an exciting few weeks it has been for Arts Education in Huntington Beach!

Creative Jobs in L.A. County Projected to Rise by 4.3% in 2015


Employment of Digital Media Artists to Increase by 10%, Jobs in Industrial Design by 7%, Entertainment by 6%, Visual and Performing Arts by 4.5%

LOS ANGELES, Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Otis College's Annual Report States Creative Economy Generated $129 Billion in Sales/Receipts in L.A. and Orange Counties in 2010, Up From 2009 Revenues.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Otis College of Art and Design has commissioned a creative economy report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). In 2007, Otis launched the study to champion an under-recognized economic driver of the region by putting real numbers to creativity. "It is gratifying to note that the Otis Report has become a useful and indeed much-used advocacy tool," said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design. "Since its inception, the Otis Report has firmly established that the 'creative economy' is powerful in Southern California. In fact, it is one of the largest business sectors in Los Angeles with almost one in every eight jobs directly or indirectly related to art, design or entertainment."

12 Tips to Make Your Company More Creative

By Ronald Brown, author of Anticipate. The Architecture of Small Team Innovation and Product Success

“Last year, reports said creativity was on the decline in the U.S. However, reports this year indicate that creativity is more important than ever to business success.”

Airplanes, Algae, and Arts Education

According to John Eger's newest blog in the Huffington Post, "Clearly something big is happening across America" and that something is creativity.

Read about two California initiatives aimed at transforming classrooms through creativity.

Using a Creativity Index to Re-integrate Arts into Education

The California Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts [is holding] hearings on legislation that will develop a "creativity index" to measure creativity in public schools statewide. This movement matches legislation [passed in] Massachusetts last spring, and is much like a bill working its way through the legislature in Oklahoma. Maine, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado and Wisconsin are beginning similar discussions and Nebraska is getting itself organized. Seoul, Korea, and Alberta and Edmonton in Canada -- and probably other cities and nations around the world -- are following these efforts closely. Clearly something big is happening across America.