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


Five Facebook Tips from an Arts Education Advocate and Social Media Whiz

The Challenge: How does a short on time local advocate keep her Facebook page current and dynamic? 

The Strategy: Use these five tips to increase the quality and number of your posts, while decreasing the amount of time you spend on Facebook! 

Student Voices Campaign Deadline Extended to April 30

The Student Voices campaign, launched by the California Alliance for Arts Education, provides students with a platform to share their creativity and passion for the arts with their elected representatives in Sacramento.

2013 OCMAA Outstanding Educators include LAHS Choir Director

LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp has announced that LAHS choir director David Moellenkamp has been named as a 2013 Outstanding Arts Educator by the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators. OCMAA is a part of the Orange County Department of Education and is a network of district leaders, community arts educators, business, and parents.

Mr. Moellenkamp was awarded this prestigious honor for his ongoing efforts as an arts educator who makes a difference in the lives of students. He was specifically cited for his creative, innovative, and effective instructional strategies that have resulted in his choir groups winning numerous awards and national recognition, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in learning both in and through the arts.

Bring Art and Science Out of Academic Isolation

Full STEAM Ahead!

Adding A (Art)  to STEM (Science - Technology -Engineering - Math)   makes STEAM.

A new bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus has a mission to extend the integration of art and design with STEM education. “There were digital music devices before the iPod, but it took creative design and interface development from Apple to transform the way the world listens to music… That art and science go together seems as obvious as looking at the work of an iconic technical creative like Leonardo da Vinci, but visual arts, music, and other creative classes are often up for the budgeting axe at schools across the country.

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First Annual Escondido ART Festival - Saturday, April 13, 2013

In 2010 the California Alliance for Arts Education provided support to launch an Arts Coalition in Escondido.  As a result of three years of networking and collaboration we are proud to present a quality Art enhancement system for the youth of Escondido, designed by Cathy Hamilton, Mel Takahara and Lenka Juric.

Escondido Art Festival April 13, 2013

March 2013 Declared Arts Education Month in OC; Proposed Statewide

On February 14th, the Orange County Board of Education declared March 2013 as Arts Education Month in Orange County.  The declaration recognizes that arts education is an essential part of basic education for all students K-12; that students derive many benefits from arts education; that arts education is part of California's education policy; and encourages communities to celebrate the arts.  

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://

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."