createCA addresses the full inclusion of arts into the California public education system through various projects, initiatives, and partnerships. Below are some of the key projects of the coalition:
Arts Ed Data Project: In early 2016, California will participate in the National Arts Ed Data Project. Data on the status and condition of each school’s education in the arts will be collected, analyzed, reported, and disseminated in a visual and easy to read format.
Declarations of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning: Create CA has launched a statewide effort to promote the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning, which outlines each student’s right to have access to high-quality public arts education, regardless of their background, culture, language or geographic location. The Declaration highlights that arts learning – which includes dance, music, theatre, and visual and media arts – is an essential part of a comprehensive education for all students.
Creativity at the Core: A project of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, this statewide initiative is helping teachers and administrators navigate the new Common Core standards by using the arts in professional development training, leading to student success in Common Core and 21st Century learning. Funded by the California Arts Council and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. [Read 2014 Press Release]
LCFF Arts Education Advocacy: The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) offers an historic opportunity for school districts to set new, locally-driven priorities aimed at improving outcomes for students who are often under-served in public schools. createCA partners from across the state have collaboratively developed tools and trainings to empower school district leaders and education advocates to utilize arts education as a key strategy in achieving positive student outcomes.