We recognize that our community has a deep appreciation for the arts and deep history of arts education advocacy initiatives. We intend to embrace and build upon the great work that has already been done, and carry it forward into a sustainable county-wide commitment.

The goal of our Alliance is to empower local community members to preserve and expand arts education in Santa Cruz County public schools through a strong network that will represent a cross section of community interests, including business, community, parent, education and arts organizations. Our united message will convey that an investment in arts education is an investment in the well-being of the larger community.

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March 30, 2016

The Arts Ed Learning Exchange conference in San Diego in mid-March was an infusion of inspiration. Special thanks to the California Alliance for Arts Education which created this conference as part of the new Arts NOW Campaign. The campaign was designed to shine a light on districts and counties and the strategic investments they are making to improve the quality of education.

June 5, 2014

Meet my friend Art, by Stacy Monowitz, artist and member of the Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education

How it began

Art is my invisible friend. When I am happy, when I am sad, when I want to explore new ideas, I go to Art.

April 9, 2014

Why not hear from the supporters and committee members that make Santa Cruz County's Alliance for Arts Education so great? Here's the first guest blog post from Magdalena Montagne, poet, teacher, and Santa Cruz Alliance for Arts Education member:

January 15, 2014

An amazing event and group of allies!

Great coverage by the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Click here.

For a video of the full event, click here.

October 23, 2013

Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education

Advocacy Breakfast: Unmasking Creativity

January 17, 2013

Our mission is to advocate for arts education for all students in every school community in Santa Cruz County.

We envision a core curriculum that provides sequential, standards-aligned arts education for every student.


We believe: