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 Arts Now Communities. For more information contact Robin Hampton

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


Coalition Blog


Friends in Arts Education

In a recent interview, Alliance Executive Director Joe Landon cited strong relationships with school board members as key to the success of the Local Advocacy Network. "They approach school board members as partners. They have a clear, consistent message and they bring solutions rather than complaints." Launched four years ago, the program empowers over thirty California communities to advocate for arts programs in their local schools.

Local Advocacy: What Works

In a recent interview with for California Schools, a monthly magazine of the California School Boards Association, Joe Landon reflects on what's working in the Alliance's Local Advocacy Network. Launched in 2008, the program empowers local communities to keep arts programs in schools.

The Alliance provides local groups the leadership development, strategic assistance and online resources and communication tools they need to make effective school board presentations, earn media coverage of their issue and, this year, complete an arts education survey of candidates running for school board in forty California districts.

Four years into the program, Landon cites strong partnerships with what are often sympathetic local school boards as key to the local coalitions' success. "They approach school board members as partners. They have a clear, consistent message, and they bring solutions rather than complaints."

Landon also explains what's keeping local districts from using Title 1 funding for arts education and what the Alliance is doing to help. 

Read the article.

June News from the Alliance


Alliance Endorses Ballot Initiatives

Alliance Endorses Ballot Initiatives
Last week, the Policy Council of the California Alliance met in Los Angeles and voted to endorse two ballot initiatives in the November election - the one proposed by Governor Brown, the other by "Our Children Our Future." The decision to endorse both was made with a recognition of what is at stake for California's schools.

District Dance Festival

Our 3rd Annual district Dance Festival is this coming weekend, Friday and Saturday June 8 & 9 @ 7:00pm in the NHHS Robert Wentz theater. Tickets are $12 presale (through NH & CdM ASB) and $15 at the door.  We are excited that this year will include students from the new and growing dance program at Costa Mesa High School! 

Please consider coming out to cheer on these talented young people and the teachers who inspire and direct them!


District High School Art Showcase


Please attend the District High School Art Showcase this Tuesday evening, June 5 at the Frank M. Doyle Art Center Gallery at Orange Coast College to honor these talented young people.

5:30pm the Gallery opens

6:00pm Reception - Costa Mesa High School Jazz Band Performance 6:30pm Awards Ceremony

The Gallery will open to the public from 2:00pm-6:00pm Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

The Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund Awards $66,000 to Eight School Districts

Press Relese From Pat Wayne,Arts Orange County Deputy Director Dated April 6, 2012

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 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.

Arts Education is ALIVE in Huntington Beach!

What an exciting few weeks it has been for Arts Education in Huntington Beach!

Creative Jobs in L.A. County Projected to Rise by 4.3% in 2015


Employment of Digital Media Artists to Increase by 10%, Jobs in Industrial Design by 7%, Entertainment by 6%, Visual and Performing Arts by 4.5%

LOS ANGELES, Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Otis College's Annual Report States Creative Economy Generated $129 Billion in Sales/Receipts in L.A. and Orange Counties in 2010, Up From 2009 Revenues.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Otis College of Art and Design has commissioned a creative economy report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). In 2007, Otis launched the study to champion an under-recognized economic driver of the region by putting real numbers to creativity. "It is gratifying to note that the Otis Report has become a useful and indeed much-used advocacy tool," said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design. "Since its inception, the Otis Report has firmly established that the 'creative economy' is powerful in Southern California. In fact, it is one of the largest business sectors in Los Angeles with almost one in every eight jobs directly or indirectly related to art, design or entertainment."