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 our local coalitions. For more information contact us here

  • Webinar: Building Your Leadership Team. Slides.

 

  • Webinar: Introduction to Arts Now Communities (formerly the Local Advocacy Network). Slides.

 

Coalition Blog

 

STEM Alone Won't Breed Inovation

STEM alone won't breed innovation (USA Today, February 5, 2013)                                                            There's  no doubt in our technolory-driven times that we need plenty of graduates who can tackle such subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). But even technology wizards can become more innovative with a solid background in liberal arts.                                                                                           Consider the late Steve Jobs, who so-founded Apple. Jobs attended a calligraphy class at Oregon's Reed College.

Video campaign gives students with platform to share their passion for the arts with elected officials.

With a new legislative session underway, critical decisions are being made that will impact the lives of California students. Young advocates can provide unique evidence of the vital role the arts play in their education. In the latest videos for the Student Voices campaign, students share the ways that the arts nurture imagination, confidence and creative self-expression.

The campaign runs until March 31, 2013 and invites students to make a video of two minutes or less that answers the question “Why do the arts matter?” and share it the legislators who represent them in Sacramento. Videos can be made individually or as a class, they can be recorded on a cell phone, laptop webcam or video camera. Watch the latest videos here and join the campaign here: http:// www.StudentVoicesCampaign.org

STEM alone won't breed innovation

There's no doubt in our technology-driven times that we need plenty of graduates who can tackle such subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). But even technology wizards can become more innovative with a solid background in liberal arts.

Consider the late Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple. Jobs attended a calligraphy class at Oregon's Reed College. Decades later, in a 2005 Stanford commencement address, Jobs recalled the course and said, "It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture."

Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option

 

Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option

Esteemed education advocate Sir Ken Robinson explains in this short three minute video on why creativity is crucial in education, and why it will require a transformation in the way schools work.

In his words, “Creativity is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity.”

Creative Edge Lecture, Save the Date

 

 
 

 

Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option

Esteemed education advocate Sir Ken Robinson explains in this short three minute video on why creativity is crucial in education, and why it will require a transformation in the way schools work.

In his words, “Creativity is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity.”

 http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/01/sir-ken-robinson-fostering-creativity-in-education-is-not-an-option/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=linkedin&goback=%2Egde_3259434_member_205435081

We now have an official mission statement and vision statement!

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:

Toward a Complete Education

On October 9, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Nury Martinez introduced a visionary and sweeping resolution to establish the arts as part of the district's core curriculum, placing it alongside math, reading, history, and science as essential components of a student's K-12 education. The resolution, titled "Student Achievement, Educational Equity, and Mastery of 21st Century Workforce Skills through Arts at the Core," makes a comprehensive argument for the arts' place at the table, citing the wealth of research on the impact of arts-rich education on student success within and beyond their K-12 education. After hearing public comment from actor and esteemed collector of Latin American art Cheech Marin; actress, philanthropist, and parent Monica Rosenthal; former teacher of the year Carlos Lauchu; Boeing executive Jim Herr; Los Angeles County Arts for All's director Denise Grande; education funder Matty Sterenchock; and students from Carlos Santana Arts Academy, the board responded by approving the resolution unanimously.

Big Shoes to Fill: Taking Over for Ron Bolles

 

Leadership transitions can be hard on grassroots volunteer efforts, and for Keith Davis, who recently assumed the role of lead organizer for the South Bay Alliance for Arts Education, there was the added challenge of having some very big shoes to fill when Ron Bolles stepped down. 

“Ron had worked as a highly respected VAPA teacher and Facilitator in our  district for thirty- seven years. He’s known as a passionate and credible advocate for the arts in the community,” according to Keith.

Keith himself is a longtime supporter of the arts in South Bay, serving as the marketing director and then Executive Administrator of the San Repertory theater for a decade, then as the manager and go-to guy for  [name] both Eastlake and San Ysidro High schools' state of the art theaters. He joined the South Bay Alliance for Arts Education in 2011.

Located in southern San Diego County, the South Bay group is one of thirty coalitions spread across California that, with resources from the California Alliance, builds support for arts education in local schools. In their first year, the group undertook a Facebook campaign that activated local advocates and made elected officials sit up and take notice; the group built strong relationships with school board officials by offering solutions and taking a collaborative rather than oppositional approach at public meetings; and they used local music events to highlight the benefits of arts education and bring their message to the larger community.

Parent Arts Network Symposium January 24th!

Parent Arts Network Symposium
Thursday, January 24th 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Campbell (Sonoma Chicken Coop)
Register by January 22nd at http://www.SantaClara.K12oms.org/1050-66674

LEARN how the arts lead to your student’s success in school, college & career.

CONNECT with other parents championing the arts in education.

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