Guest author: Peggy Burt, Senior Advisor, Arts Planning Initiative
The Challenge: How to create a greater impact in arts education by connecting to your local arts organizations and city
The Strategy: Use a strategic arts plan to provide a framework for arts education throughout your district and city
The Story: How many times have you driven by a piece of public art or a local museum without taking the time to stop and really see the work?
Pasadena is a special place - rich with arts and creativity. But we asked ourselves, “How do we share these riches with the school district?
In 2003, the Pasadena Unified School District began a strategic planning process to strengthen arts education district-wide. The team came together to create a comprehensive arts plan to provide dance, music, theatre and visual arts education to all students, K-12 within the school day. In partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Arts for All and the California Alliance for Arts Education, the district received a coach and planning assistance. As the comprehensive arts plan moved into implementation, the team asked “How can we create an authentic connection between the school district, our city, and our arts organizations in support of arts education?”