Eight OC School Districts Receive Grants to Fund Arts Plans

The Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund—a collaboration between the Orange County Community Foundation and Arts Orange County—recently presented grants totaling $66,000 to 8 Orange County (OC) School Districts. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 were made possible by funding from The Boeing Company and the Orange County Community Foundation.

News from the Local Advocacy Network: Placentia Yorba Linda

The Challenge: How do you garner support for a far-reaching arts plan in tough financial times? 

The Strategy: Partnership and patience. But not too much patience. 
 
The Story: Adopting a district arts plan is a great way to build community support for a long-term commitment to arts education in schools. But given the state of public school funding in California, it’s understandable that district officials would be cautious about agreeing to a plan with long-term financial implications. 
 
Sandee Van Oyen, the Local Organizer for the Placentia Yorba Linda Alliance for Arts Education, who spearheaded the effort says she was lucky to find strong commitment to the arts in the school board, district staff and County Department of Education -- and patience. 
 
“Without the support and partnership of staff within the district office we could not have pulled this off,” says Van Oyen “It took months and months of meetings and carefully going over the details of the Arts Advantage plan so that everyone could understand and become comfortable with the fiscal impact. A lot of patience was required on everyone’s part.”
 

Local Advocacy in Stanislaus: Getting Parents Involved

The Challenge: How do you connect with parents across a large, rural county with twenty-three separate school districts?

The Strategy: Invite parents to an event featuring resources for advocacy and a free night of theater.

The Story: When the Stanislaus Alliance for Arts Education launched last fall, it was clear that parents were key to preserving or expanding arts education in Stanislaus schools.

“We saw right away that the districts that had arts programs were the ones where parents were involved -- through booster clubs, PTAs or education foundations,” says Patty Larrick, the local organizer for the Stanislaus Alliance. “Our challenge was to bring all these different groups together, in order to share best practices and coordinate efforts.” 

Sherry Tanaka - Visual Arts Teacher of the Year

McAuliffe teacher Mrs. Sherry Tanaka received the Orange County Music and Arts Educators Award for Visual Arts Teacher of the Year in a May 9th ceremony at Segerstrom Center. She was also recognized as one of the county's Outstanding Arts Educators. Photo by Sherry Kropp shows Donna Chinn (Los Al Arts organizer), Ann Allen (McAuliffe principal), Sherry Tanaka (OCMAA Visual Arts Teacher Award), Jeannine Ball ((OCMAA Outstanding Arts Educator), Diana Hill (LAUSD school board), David Moellenkamp (LAHS Director of Arts). Mrs. Tanaka's teaching prowess was described in detail by McAuliffe Principal Mrs. Ann Allen:

Sherry Tanaka is an exemplary Art instructor. In teaching the language of visual communication, she challenges her students to use their brains to see, to think and to express themselves in innovative ways. As examples, when delivering instruction to sixth grade students., Mrs. Tanaka teaches Betty Edward’s “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” exercises and observation techniques to assist students in creating their self portraits. In addition students study and use the Principles of Design and Composition to create their own diagonal line design, circular design and symmetrical square/rectangle and line/shape designs. In grades seven and eight students complete units in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. For example, to begin the unit on drawing and painting, students study Leonardo DaVinci, viewing his drawings and paintings of figures as models. Then they create along with the teacher, practicing how to draw a person from head to toe using measuring by comparison, by drawing full face and profile portraits, and by digging deeper by focusing on drawing hands, arms and feet. Students also study printmakers (Kathe Kollowitz and Hokusai), study Picassoand abstract art, and create linoleum block prints to apply what they have learned. To prepare for the unit on sculpture, students study Louise Nevelson to view examples of monumental, 3 story high pieces and

Arts News March 2018

 

March is Arts Education Month.  Did you know that the arts contribute more than $760 billion to US economy - more than agriculture, transportation, or warehousing?   The arts also employ 4.9 million workers across the country with earnings of more than $370 billion, and provided a positive trade balance--exporting $20 billion more than imported. (NEA – US Bureau of Economic Analysis)

 

Recent events: (photos on facebook.com/losalarts)

Reflections Awards 2017-18

Congratulations to all Los Al students who participated in the Fourth District PTA Reflections Gallery, and to these 8 who received specific recognition:

Dezirea Saenz, LAHS: Award of Excellence for Dance Choreography - "Dezi's Freestyle". Her entry will advance to the CA state level for further judging.

Myley Fox, Weaver Elementary: Award of Merit for Dance Choreography - "Pink Panther"

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. 

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