Focus Areas on the Move

As school districts approach evaluating their existing Arts Education Programs, consider using this Roadmap for School Districts, developed as part of the Arts Ed Data Project initiative.

Focus Area 1: Supporting the Arts Curriculum

  • Alignment and update of Visual and Performing Art Standards

AB2862 (O’Donnell) – Bill to update and revise Arts standards passed in October of 2016. CDE is putting plans in place to begin the process.

SB916 (Allen) – Bill to restore theatre and dance credentials for teachers passed in October of 2016. The Credentialing Commission will now establish the requirements for these credentials.

The Joint Committee on the Arts Hearing led by Senator Ben Allen and Ian Calderone took place at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. The focus of the hearing was compliance with arts education code. Testimony was given by arts advocates, teachers and administrators from throughout the state.

Read these articles from the LA Times and Huffington Post

  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Curriculum

July 2015: The createCA Leadership Council met for an annual retreat and determined that the strategic priority for 2015-16 will be to mobilize stakeholders

October 2015: The California Alliance for Arts Education released a policy paper, At the Crossroads of Arts and Equity

January 2016: At the Crossroads of Arts and Equity Summit hosted over 50 invited participants from the Education Equity sector and Arts Education sectors at the Santa Clara Office of Education for a focused conversation that will build on CAAE’s policy paper

April 2016: Equity and Access Workgroup meets in Oakland to set Action Plan and draft documents to vet with the field.

Focus Area 2: Enhancing Educator Quality, Preparation and Professional Learning in the Arts

January 2016: Senator Ben Allen has introduced Bill 916 t0 add theatre and dance credentials for teachers.

March 2016: Create CA provides state convening with critical number of educators attending.

June 2016: Create CA establishes comprehensive event calendar to provide all stakeholder with listing of upcoming professional development opportunities

Focus Area 3: Producing High-Quality Arts Assessmnt, Research and Evidence

Focus Area 4: Ensuring Equity and Access

  • January 2016: At the Crossroads of Arts and Equity: Arts Education Equity and Access Summit – This event invited specific participants to engage in critical conversations that will build on the white paper released by the California Alliance for Arts Education
  • April 2016: Equity and Access Workgroup meets in Oakland to set Action Plan and draft documents to vet with the field.
  • September 2016: Equity Summit II meets in Los Angeles to vet next steps including a Declaration of Student Rights
  • March, 2017: Create CA officially releases a “Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning”. The initiative includes a model resolution for school boards and organizations to adopt.

Focus Area 5: Strengthening Collaborative Partnership

  • Jesus Holguin, representing California School Boards Association joins Create CA Leadership Council.
  • Merryl Goldberg, representing Cal State San Marcos joins Create CA Leadership Council (June, 2017)
  • Chip McNeal, representing the Alameda County Office of Education and teaching artists joins Create CA Leadership Council (June, 2017)

Focus Area 6: Expanding the Role of Business and Industry in the Creative Workforce

  •  Calfornia Arts Council continues partnership for Otis Report on the Creative Economy
  •  Create CA Leadership Council prioritizes creative workforce focus in messaging

Focus Area 7: Providing Funding for the Arts

  • June 2015: California Arts Council successfully submits a breakout session proposal to Grantmakers in the Arts Fall conference. The session was presented in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation
  • June 2015: CreateCA Program Director presents at Arts for All pooled fund meeting where funders suggest a luncheon following GIA conference in October to update all state funders for arts education on progress.
  • October 2015: Arts Education Funders Luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles was attended by more than 50 funders and featured presentations on Equity and Access issues as well as update on California’s participation in the National Arts Education Data Project. [Learn more]
  • February 2016: Create CA meets with Southern California Grantmakers for the Arts
  • June, 2017: Create CA and CA Dept of Ed partner with LA Arts Commission and Hewlett Foundation to present a webinar on Arts Education Data to California grantmakers.