Support $50 Million in State Budget to Fund Arts for Every Student Act

(As detailed in SB 933)

June 27, 2018: Governor Brown signed the state budget for the coming year. Item 6100-134-0890, Provision 10, $44,080,000, remains in the governor’s budget, SB 840, p. 534 (It's official! We're in the budget!).

The $44 million has been allocated to fund grants for enhancing visual and performing arts education or expanding access to physical and mental health care in schools by supporting school health centers. You can read the exact language in the final budget bill here (Item 6100-134-0890, Provision 10). SB 933 continues to move through the legislature. Follow legislative updates here.


The Alliance is calling on all organizations across California, representing arts, artists, education, students, parents, business, school districts, county offices of education, and more to submit from your organization a letter of support for inclusion of $50 million in the state budget for the Arts for Every Student Act (SB 933).

The Arts for Every Student Act, as proposed by Senator Ben Allen in his current bill SB 933, will help provide our students with robust visual and performing arts instruction, and bring California into better alignment with the state Education Code.

Legislators and the Governor need to hear from your organization! Download the support letter template and follow the instructions below to make your voice heard in the legislature on this matter.

DOWNLOAD SUPPORT LETTER TEMPLATE

Instructions:

  1. Download the template support letter and insert your organization's logo or letterhead (if available)
  2. Complete the letter - Be sure to date the letter; insert an electronic signature; or print, sign and scan the letter
  3. Email the letter as an attachment to these emails: Katie.Hardeman@asm.ca.gov; Ellen.Cesaretti@asm.ca.gov; Elisa.Wynne@sen.ca.gov; Cheryl.Black@sen.ca.gov; Camille.Wagner@gov.ca.gov; Jeff.Bell@dof.ca.gov; lynch@lynchlobby.com - Put in your subject line: "Support for $50 Million Budget Appropriation for SB 933"
  4. Help spread the word! Download sample social media posts

Background:

ONE PAGER

California Education Code states that every K-12 student shall receive instruction in and access to arts education. Yet the California Arts Education Data Project concludes that only 39% of students in California public schools participate in the arts, and that access is significantly lower in low-income and rural schools.

We know the arts prepare our students to enter the workforce by fostering skills that include innovation, persistence, and collaboration. In addition, the creative industries account for one out of every ten jobs in California, and provide $273 billion annually to our state’s economy.

Access to arts education instruction should not be determined by where a student happens to live. But the data shows otherwise: in districts and schools in low-income communities, students are twice as likely not to receive the benefits of arts instruction when compared to more affluent communities.

This inequity is unacceptable. That is why we are supporting the passage and funding of SB 933. Every student deserves the benefits of arts education. SB 933 honors the promise of our Education Code by helping to ensure that the arts are part of the education that every student receives.

Questions:

Please contact Joe Landon, Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education, at joe@artsed411.org.


About SB 933:

LEGISLATIVE FACT SHEET

SB 933 BILL TEXT

Senate Bill 933, authored by Senator Ben Allen, is the first legislative step in the process of providing school districts with a “jump start” in arts education funding, enabling schools to fulfill the language of California Education Code, which requires that every student shall receive arts education as part of a complete high quality education.

Organizations can also still sign on to support SB 933. Download the support letter template for SB 933.

Organizations supporting SB 933 (verified 5/25):

Alfred Music
Angels Gate Cultural Center
Arcata Arts Institute
ART=OPPORTUNITY
Arts Bridging the Gap
Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area
Arts for LA
Arts Orange County
Artspiration
Art Theater Entertainment Magnet High School
Bolton & Company
CalArts Community Arts Partnership
California Arts Advocates
California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
California Association for the Gifted
California Association of Museums
California Desert Arts Council
California Educational Theatre Association
California Shakespeare Theater
Ciari Guitars
City and County of San Francisco
City of Los Angeles
Coaching+Color
Conscious Youth Media Crew
Constellation Music Instruments
County of Santa Barbara
Davis Senior High School, Davis Joint Union School District
Drama Education Network
DynaMount, LLC
E. Clara Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
Enchanted Studio Props, LLC
Freestyle Academy
Humboldt County Office of Education
Inner-City Arts
Inside Track Int’l
La Quinta Arts Foundation
Little Kids Rock
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Love and a .38
Monterey Jazz Festival
Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa City Schools
Morgan Hill Unified School District
Music for Minors
National Association of Music Merchants
Pasadena Unified School District
Performing Arts Workshop
P.S. Arts
Rockin’ Kidz Music Co.
Recording Academy
Sanchez Art Center
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego Music Studio
San Francisco Unified School District
San Mateo County Office of Education
Santa Barbara Education Foundation
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Santa Rosa City Schools
Side Street Projects
South Pasadena Arts Council
Standard Property Company
Stockton Unified School District
Techno Empire, Inc.
The Academies Charter Management Organization
The Actors Fund
Tim’s Music
Turnaround Arts: California
Visalia Fox Theatre
Wonderful Company
Woodshop Rocks
Windsor Unified School District
Yamaha Corporation of America
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Young Storytellers