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

 

Riverside Unified School District embraces Community Partnerships!

Guest author: Peggy Burt, Arts Now Program Director

The Challenge: How to engage and gather input from the community for school district arts planning

The Strategy: An invitation to a meeting at the Mayor’s office!

The Story: On a lovely day in Riverside, August 15, 2017, a passionate group of arts education providers and supporters gathered in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Chamber at Riverside City Hall. As soon as you stepped into the room, you could feel the buzz of excitement! This was a moment of collaborative opportunity and an invitation to contribute to the work of enhancing and strengthening the arts in the Riverside Unified School District. Holding it at the Mayor’s office underlined the value placed on the community’s input.

Annemarie Guzy, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, warmly welcomed the attendees. “This is a very momentous time for Riverside Unified.  With renewed support for the arts from our incredible Board, our school district is very excited to be building a future for the arts, and helping all of our students to reach their highest creative potential in drama, dance, visual arts, media arts, instrumental music and vocal music.”

Riverside Unified School District embraces Community Partnerships!

Guest author: Peggy Burt, Arts Now Program Director

The Challenge: How to engage and gather input from the community for school district arts planning

The Strategy: An invitation to a meeting at the Mayor’s office!

The Story: On a lovely day in Riverside, August 15, 2017, a passionate group of arts education providers and supporters gathered in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Chamber at Riverside City Hall. As soon as you stepped into the room, you could feel the buzz of excitement! This was a moment of collaborative opportunity and an invitation to contribute to the work of enhancing and strengthening the arts in the Riverside Unified School District. Holding it at the Mayor’s office underlined the value placed on the community’s input.

Annemarie Guzy, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, warmly welcomed the attendees. “This is a very momentous time for Riverside Unified.  With renewed support for the arts from our incredible Board, our school district is very excited to be building a future for the arts, and helping all of our students to reach their highest creative potential in drama, dance, visual arts, media arts, instrumental music and vocal music.”

Riverside Unified School District embraces Community Partnerships!

Guest author: Peggy Burt, Arts Now Program Director

The Challenge: How to engage and gather input from the community for school district arts planning

The Strategy: An invitation to a meeting at the Mayor’s office!

The Story: On a lovely day in Riverside, August 15, 2017, a passionate group of arts education providers and supporters gathered in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Chamber at Riverside City Hall. As soon as you stepped into the room, you could feel the buzz of excitement! This was a moment of collaborative opportunity and an invitation to contribute to the work of enhancing and strengthening the arts in the Riverside Unified School District. Holding it at the Mayor’s office underlined the value placed on the community’s input.

Annemarie Guzy, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, warmly welcomed the attendees. “This is a very momentous time for Riverside Unified. With renewed support for the arts from our incredible Board, our school district is very excited to be building a future for the arts, and helping all of our students to reach their highest creative potential in drama, dance, visual arts, media arts, instrumental music and vocal music.”

Director of LAHS Bands - Tom Plunkett

This information is from the LAHS Marching Band website.

Tom Plunkett has been the Director of Bands at Los Alamitos High School since 2012.  He began his teaching career in 2002 at Damien HS in La Verne, CA, and has served as an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association.  Under his leadership, the symphonic and marching programs have gained local, regional, and national acclaim while emphasizing student growth and leadership.  Mr. Plunkett earned the City of La Verne Teacher of the Year Award in 2008, the Los Alamitos HS Golden Apple Award in 2015, and the Los Alamitos USD Cabinet Award in 2015, and was a member of the World Champion Concord Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 1994.  Tom married his high school sweetheart Lucia and they have two children, Oliver and Luna. 

Meet Youth Center Elementary Jazz Director - Tom Mitter

This bio is taken from Spotlight Jazz 2017 program.

Meet McAuliffe MS Instrumental Music Director - Jesse Chang

This bio is taken from the Spotlight Jazz 2017 program:

Jesse Chang grew up in nearby Cerritos, where he nagged his parents for music lessons for years.  He started on classical piano at 10, continued on through high school, and then began playing drums.

Oak Instrumental Music Director - Robert Harrell

 This bio and photo are from the Oak Instrumental Music website: www.oakmusic.org
 
Robert Harrell was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and was heavily                                        involved in the local music scene.  Besides receiving several acknowledgments                                                  of outstanding musicianship at Santa Barbara High School,  he was the solo  trumpet chair in the Monday Madness Big Band, and he played bass  professionally in local jazz groups and in the pit orchestra for several theater companies. He moved to Southern California for his undergraduate studies at Biola University. During his time at Biola he was a integral part of the music department, playing trumpet in the jazz ensemble, symphonic winds, brass ensemble, and brass quintet. He played both upright and electric bass for the jazz combo and vocal jazz group. He was the president and student conductor of the symphonic winds at Biola University, and he graduated in the Spring of 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Music Education, and then went on to complete his teaching credential that fall.
 
The first stop in his educational career was at Los Alamitos High School, as the director of the jazz and orchestra groups. He will never forget the rewarding time that he shared with the students and the achievements they accomplished that year. Robert has a passion for music and a passion for students, and he knows that music has the power to change lives. One of his biggest goals as an educator is to ignite the love for music inside each of his students, and to help them achieve whatever they set their hearts and minds to. Robert is grateful and honored to be at Oak Middle School. And most of all, he is excited to see the students at Oak bring music to life, because he is a firm believer that “when we create music, we create meaning.”

Los Al's Latest Outstanding Arts Educators

Each year, the Orange County Department of Education honors the outstanding arts educators throughout the county.  LAUSD is home to three of this year’s honorees.  McGaugh Art Teacher Terri Epps was given the additional award as the Teacher of the Year for Special Education.  The OCMAA awards ceremony took place May 4th at Segerstrom Center.  Congratulations all!
 
Terri Epps- Outstanding Arts Educator for Special Education.  
Special EducationTeacher of the Year  Award for 2016
 
Terri Epps is the art teacher at McGaugh Elementary School, where she includes the special education 

PTA Reflections - "Let Your Imagination Fly!"

The Reflections Gallery presented by Los Alamitos PTA Council in March.  The 2015-16 theme is , "Let Your Imagination Fly!"  Over 200 entries from every school, representing every genre of arts:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, visual art, photography.  Participation in the program is growing.  Weaver and McGaugh had more than 65 entries. 

As the nation's largest volunteer-run child advocacy organization, PTA supports arts education because it recognizes its immense value to our 

New Line-Up for Jazz Band Directors

Mr. Justin Padilla will be leaving Oak MS in the fall, and assuming baton duties as LAHS Director of Jazz Bands and Orchestra.  In a preview, he accompanied the HS jazz bands to the Reno Jazz Festival this spring.  LAHS Jazz I took 2nd place honors in a highly competitive division.  Mr. Robert Harrell, currently interim Jazz & Orchestra Director at LAHS, will succeed Justin Padilla at Oak.  
 
Mr. Chuck Wackerman, the founder of jazz education in LAUSD, will end his tenure in the district in June.  In his 59 years with the district, he has served as music director at McGaugh, LAHS, and McAuliffe, to much acclaim.  He  is much respected and loved at Los Al.  The already highly decorated Mr. Wackerman was just awarded the 2016 Golden Oak Honorary Service Award by the PTA.

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