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 Education and an Innovative Workforce

Arts Education and an Innovative Workforce

Arts Education in California Schools Relies on Patchwork of Funding

This recent SF Examiner article offers snapshot of how schools in San Francisco and all over California rely on a "fraying patchwork of grants, programs and donations” for arts education. Some districts rely almost entirely on parent fundraising to maintain these programs, while schools in lower-income communities go without. San Francisco’s situation reflects conditions that exist across the state according to Mark Slavkin, chairman of the California Alliance for Arts Education, “The northeastern states are spending twice as much on education as California,” Slavkin said.

Governor Takes Action on Education Bills

 

Governor Brown took action on several education bills last week, signing AB 1330 into law and vetoing SB 547. Read Alliance Executive Director, Joe Landon's response (link) to the Governor's action and how it will affect arts education in California classrooms.

Link: http://ow.ly/6SM75

Chula Vista Centennial Party of the Century!

Chula Vista Centennial Party of the Century!

 

Local Advocates Share 40 Years of Experience Teaching the Arts

Imagine you could trace back 10, 20, 30, 40 years to the defining moments that taught you how to handle the roller coaster of life. That’s exactly what authors Ron and Reina Bolles, along with 115 of their former students and colleagues, have done in Learning That Lasts a Lifetime. Through a compelling series of testimonies, the importance of arts education unfolds before your eyes. Think of this book as a mash-up of Glee and Chicken Soup For The Soul that takes a peek at the human side of “21st Century Readiness” for today’s students.

Governor Brown Takes Action on Education Bills

Governor Brown took action on several education bills last week, signing AB 1330 into law and vetoing SB 547. Read Alliance Executive Director, Joe Landon's response (link) to the Governor's action and how it will affect arts education in California classrooms.

 

Arts Education and an Innovative Workforce

It’s well-known that a well-developed arts education teaches communications skills, teamwork, problem solving, responsibility, and the ability to adapt to change. According to Sarah Murr, title, all of these skills are considered critical by Boeing for its highly skilled workforce. However, tight state budgets and a lack of appreciation for what an arts education provides a young mind, and subsequently an adult mind, have resulted in the abandonment or near abandonment of arts programs across the nation.

How Music Education Helps Students Succeed

 

Arts Education in California Schools Relies on Patchwork of Funding

This recent SF Examiner article offers snapshot of how schools in San Francisco and all over California rely on a "fraying patchwork of grants, programs and donations” for arts education. Some districts rely almost entirely on parent fundraising to maintain these programs, while schools in lower-income communities go without. San Francisco’s situation reflects conditions that exist across the state according to Mark Slavkin, chairman of the California Alliance for Arts Education, “The northeastern states are spending twice as much on education as California,” Slavkin said.

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