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

(As detailed in SB 933)

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May 30, 2018: SB 933 (Allen) passed out of the state Senate and moves on to the Assembly. The Senate has included some funding for Visual and Performing Arts education in their version of the budget. But, we're not there yet - the Assembly and Senate Conference Committee still need to vote to support including this funding in the final budget they send to Governor Brown.

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ACT NOW FOR ARTS IN SCHOOLS! Legislators are putting the final touches on the state budget, so we need to act NOW to make arts education a priority. @AssemblymemberDrJoaquinArambula, @AssemblymemberBloom, @assemblymanrocky.chavez, @AssemblymanObernolte, @SpeakerAnthonyRendon, @SDToni, @senatorhjm, @SenatorJohnMoorlach, @senatorjimnielsen, @majgen.roth and @skinner4senate you can make a big difference for kids and our economy by supporting funding in the state budget for visual and performing arts education.  

With an additional state budget investment in visual and performing arts education, we can start to close the gap in access for arts education by creating a statewide grant program to help districts struggling to provide arts instruction. EVERY STUDENT, no matter where they happen to live in California—districts that are urban or rural, wealthy or low-income—deserves access to the many benefits of an arts education. We need your support for the visual and performing arts education budget request.

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There are academic, social, emotional and economic benefits to students who participate in visual and performing arts. But less than half of all CA students participate in arts classes. Please support increased funding in the state budget for visual and performing arts education today! [INSERT TWITTER HANDLE]

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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.

Thank you to all those who previously sent letters of support for SB 933! This is the next legislative step in the process - the support letter will go to a different committee and is specifically about the expenditure of funds. We must secure funding through the budget to make SB 933 a reality.

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:

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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 (updated 3/29):

Actors Fund
Alfred Music
Angels Gate Cultural Center
Arcata Arts Institute
Art = Opportunity
Art Theatre Entertainment School
Arts Bridging the Gap
Arts Council, Santa Cruz County
Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area
Arts for LA
Arts Orange County
Artspiration
Cal Shakes
CalArts
California Alliance for Arts Education
California Arts Advocates
California Association of Museums
California Desert Arts Council
Ciari Guitars
CLARA
Coaching+Color
Constellation Musical Instruments
Davis Senior High School (Davis Joint Unified School District)
Drama Education Network
DynaMount
Enchanted Studio Props
Freestyle Academy
Humboldt County Office of Education
Inner City Arts
Inside Track
La Quinta Arts Foundation
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Love and a 38
Monterey Jazz Festival
Montgomery High School
Morgan Hill Unified School District
Music for Minors
NAMM
P.S. Arts
Pasadena Unified School District
Performing Arts Workshop
Recording Academy
Rockin’ Kids
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego Music Studio
Sanchez Art Center
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
Turnaround Arts: California
Visalia Fox Theatre
Woodshop Rocks
Yamaha Corporation of America
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Young Storytellers