Arts Now Communities

Arts Now Communities receive leadership development, strategic assistance and communications tools from the California Alliance to support coalition building, strategic planning and arts education advocacy. Now in over thirty California communities, these coalitions convene business partners, community, arts and parent organizations to stand together for quality, accessible arts education for all students. Below are the most recent blogs from Arts Now Communities. For more information contact Robin Hampton

  • Webinar: Introduction to Arts Now Communities (formerly the Local Advocacy Network). Slides.


Coalition Blog


Arts Ed Gather STEAM in Orange County

In its latest report on workforce indicators, the Orange County Work Force Investment Board sites a focus in education on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, Math) as being "a critical competitive advantage" for future workforce development. It also documents "the market impact of businesses and individuals involved in producing cultural, artistic, and design goods and services" in a workforce category it has named "The Creativity Sector."  Read the Report.

How Music Education Helps Students Succeed

How Music Education Helps Students Succeed

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


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.

LoCAL Arts Collaborative and South Bay heART on Center Event

Here is the direct link to the short 8-answer Sustaining South Bay Arts Survey.  

Dec 12th, 3:30pm-5:00 pm, 3:30pm-5:00pm - LoCAL Arts Collaborative will be sharing their research and civic action steps at Casa Familiar's, THE FRONT, in San Ysidro.

February 11, 2012, afternoon, South Bay heART on Center arts and activism event on Center St. in Chula Vista.


What's for breakfast? What's Breakfast for?

On a recent Thursday morning, a group of forty people gathered in San Francisco for a breakfast of grits, sausage and greens. It was a special occasion; it was a chance for parents, teachers, elected officials, school officials and artists to talk about how they could work together to support arts education in local public schools; it was also the launch of the thirtieth coalition in the Alliance’s Local Advocacy Network. 

SBAAE Minutes ~ Nov 18, 2011

In Attendance: Ron Bolles, Reina Bolles, Debbie Nevin, Bruce Groff, Kimberly Feilen, Crystal Mercado, Vickie Mitrovich, Donna Arnold, Russ Sperling, Keith Davis, Beverly Norriss, Lauren Widney, Jerry Rindon


New SCPA Facilitator - Debbie Nevin

UC Requirements – A-G requirements… include one to two years of VAPA for all

Can we get beyond our "fraying patchwork of programs, grants and donations"?

November 20, 2011
Dear Encinitas Arts Education Leaders,

I hope you're all out having a lovely, blustery Encinitas Sunday and are looking forward to a bit of down time during the holiday week ahead.  In the past two weeks I've had meetings with a few of the remarkable arts and education leaders here and will be sharing more with you at our November 30 meeting at City Hall. 

Next Meeting / New Leadership

A letter from the new local organizer of the Encinitas Alliance for Arts Education: 
Dear supporters of quality arts education in Encinitas:
I'm very pleased to invite you and fellow arts education supporters to the next meeting of the 2011-12 Encinitas Alliance for Arts Education (EAAE).  Save the date for Wednesday, November 30, 3-5 PM in the Poinsettia Room of Encinitas City Hall. An agenda will follow shortly and I invite your discussion and presentation topics. 
My name is Sandy Jordan, and I will coordinate the EAAE as Joann Johnson moves on to other projects.  I'm excited to help you energize Encinitas' arts education advocacy efforts! 

Learning That Lasts A Lifetime! Inspire and Motivate!

Launch of the Sacramento Alliance for Arts Education

On December 12, the Sacramento Alliance for Arts Education will host a breakfast meeting to gather parents, teachers, business leaders, arts organization and elected officials to build support for arts education as an essential component of a quality education in Sacramento publics schools schools.