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


Los Al Drama Dominates at State

- by Stacy Castiglione, LAHS Drama Director
This past weekend the Drama Department took 36 students to the CA Thespian Festival (State Competition) and Los Al TOTALLY dominated.
Biggest news- The Griffin Puppet Players (a one-act chosen to perform on the mainstage at the competition) presents Pyramus and Thisbe was chosen to perform at Nationals this summer!!!!!

Arts News April 2015

At Los Al, our student artists have been very busy during March, designated as Arts Education Month, Youth Art Month, and Music in our Schools Month by different organizations.   A number of performing groups are in the midst of competitions, and accumulating accolades.
Los Al Drama went to State, the CA Thespian Festival, where they earned an amazing 28 “superiors” and ten place distinctions.  Their one-act play was first chosen for performance on the main stage of the state competition, and then selected for Nationals this summer.

Reflections Students Honored for Achievement in the Arts

Los Alamitos, CA - March 26  --District administration, the board of education, and the PTA recognized fifteen LAUSD students for their achievement in the 2014-15 National PTA Reflections arts in education program this week.

Arts News March 2015

March is both Arts Education Month and Youth Art Month.
Fittingly, there are lots of local arts offerings, with something just about every day.   We have so many chances to celebrate the arts! 
Three events in particular bring together multiple grade levels of student artists.  
Class Notes on March 7th is a benefit concert for the district instrumental jazz program, which showcases jazz bands from McAuliffe, Oak, and LAHS, along with professional jazz artists.

Arts News February 2015


Two district-wide performances take place this month – both shows are this Saturday in the gymnasium on the LAHS campus.   These district-wide events are a wonderful way to experience the progression of The All-District Band Concert at 2pm features a dozen instrumental groups from LAHS, McAuliffe, Oak, and the combined elementary schools.  The performers include drum line, wind symphonies, and jazz bands. 

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.

New Music Room for Oak


Oak MS celebrated its newly renovated music room in a ceremony attended by students, teachers, parents, and administration.  Oak Principal Sally Neiser, LAUSD board member Meg Cutuli, Oak Instrumental Music Director Justin Padilla, and Superintendent Sherry Kropp served as the official ribbon cutters.




The new room marks the completion of the district's modernization projects that have been authorized and orchestrated by the school board and district administration over the past several years.  But this project had additional benefactors. Students made and signed posters to thank the Oak PTA and the Philharmonic Society for their gracious contributions.  Members of both organizations were

Make Art, Transform Lives: The Importance of Art Education

EDUCATION Many schools are cutting back or eliminating their art programs due to budget constraints. However, countless studies have demonstrated the immeasurable benefits of art education.

Meet the Music Director at Rossmoor Elementary & Weaver Elementary Schools - SANDY HINES


Sandy Hines is the music director at both Rossmoor Elementary and Weaver Elementary Schools. At both schools, she mounts an annual musical production, such as Patriotic America or Winter Holidays, for each grade level.  She directs the schools’ 4th & 5th grade choirs, which perform at various school events and the annual All District Choir Night.  She teaches her students to play the soprano recorder, and devised “Recorder Karate” as a way to keep students excited about learning music.  For each song or skill the student masters, s/he is awarded a colored belt that attaches to the recorder.  The belt colors start with white and end with black, as in the levels of achievement of martial arts.  Beads are awarded for exceptional merit and effort. She has found Recorder Karate to be a highly motivating tool to encourage all students to make progress.
She is proud to have over 15 years of teaching in LAUSD, loves working here, and particularly appreciates the support she gets from parents.  She likes learning about new technology.  She hopes to learn how to integrate 

Meet McAuliffe Instrumental Music Director – MELISSA PALMER

Melissa Palmer is the new Director of Instrumental Music for McAuliffe Middle School.  She will lead Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Bands, String Orchestra, and also teach general music classes.
Ms. Palmer comes to Los Al with a strong background in music education.  She earned her music degree and teaching credential from CSU Fullerton.   She taught for three years at Yorba Linda Middle School.  For the past 7 years, she was at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, where she directed several performing groups:  marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, competitive drum line, competitive color guard, and PE color guard.  Her students participated in competitions such as the Band & Orchestra Festival and the Solo & Ensemble Festival. She was named Canyon HS Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.
She is also dedicated to excellence in music education beyond the classroom.  For three years, she was the