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

Coalition Blog

 

School Board Saves Its Arts Program by Establishing it as 'Core Curriculum'

 

Arts education hasn't historically been valued as a "must-have" in nationwide school districts. In fact, it's often one of the most popular cuts to be made when cash-strapped states want to decrease spending. That's because painting, music, and theater are generally considered “extras” or entertaining complements to education, but not core subjects. That view is shifting as educators open up to the idea that learning art-related subjects makes kids better academically as well as personally.

Los Al Arts Alliance Welcomes New VAPA

 

Amber Lee-Ruiz is the new Director of Educational Services for LAUSD, which includes being the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.  She came to Los Al in July with knowledge and experience in LA County's "Arts for All" and a firm commitment to the arts.  She will serve as the liaison for the Los Alamitos Alliance for Arts Education.  We look forward to working together to promote arts education to all of the students in Los Al.

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Arts Heavy Pre-School Helps Students Grow Emotionally.

Newly published research suggests low-income kids are more likely to develop these all-important abilities if they attend a unique preschool program that integrates education and the arts.

Reimagining the Arts and Education

Juilliard scholar Edward Bilous eloquently presents the case for a comprehensive, longitudinal arts education in this April 2012 lecture.  He beautifully articulates the unique role that arts play in engaging and nurturing our creative intelligence, providing a meta-learning experience, and reinforce the interconnects of the learning process.  His argument that the role of education has shifted from information transfer to information processing because of technology advances is insightful.  He ends by explaining that, "Imagining is more important than accumulating and creating is more important than consuming."  

You can read the full transcript of his lecture or watch the video.  It runs just over 23 minutes.

http://www.juilliard.edu/journal/2011-2012/1205/articles/schuman-lecture.php

Arts Heavy Pre-School Helps Students Grow Emotionally

 

Newly published research suggests low-income kids are more likely to develop these all-important abilities if they attend a unique preschool program that integrates education and the arts.

The arts-rich curriculum produced more “positive emotions such as interest, happiness and pride, and greater growth in emotion regulation across the school year,” reports West Chester University psychologist Eleanor D. Brown.These results are particularly significant, she adds, given “the critical importance of children’s social-emotional readiness to learn.”

A Vote for Arts Education

According to a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trust, a majority of voters say they already know what they need to know about both presidential candidates. Even so, in the next two months inboxes and airwaves will be crowded with advertisements about the presidential candidates, while local election races that may have lasting impact on our schools and the lives of our children proceed with much less fanfare.

Why (and how) to survey candidates for school board

 

 

 

 

 

 




Why (and how) to survey candidates for school board

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