Declaration of Student Rights

The Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning

All California students deserve to have access to quality arts education to provide them with the skills they need to succeed in college, career and life. Yet particular groups of students experience significant barriers to access, participation and success in arts learning that are directly linked to pervasive inequities in our educational system.

Recognizing this, 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.

Become an Arts Equity District

Your district can demonstrate its commitment to ensuring all students have the same right to fully develop their creative potential by passing a resolution to adopt the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning. Create CA will recognize your district on its statewide map of Arts Equity Districts.

Our model resolution to adopt the Declaration outlines the following actions districts can take to signal their commitment to a creative education for all students:

  • Posting the Arts Equity District badge on the district’s website and social media channels. 
  • Asking staff members to encourage students to participate in arts education as part of their classes and through visual and media arts, music, dance and theatre arts courses.
  • Understanding and analyzing the district’s secondary school data in the California Arts Education Data Project and reporting the findings at a board meeting.
  • Using the data project findings to support the establishment of a strategic arts plan to achieve the Declaration’s goals.
  • Dedicating appropriate resources to support genuine arts engagement, production and appreciation – such as using academic materials that align with state standards, creating or adding staff positions and providing suitable facilities that allow students to participate in visual and performing arts, music and associated arts education.

Communication Toolkit

Help spread the word about this effort by accessing materials in our communication toolkit:

Model resolution to adopt the declaration
Template newsletter for organizations to send to their members and networks
Template newsletter from a district that has adopted the Declaration
Template press release for a district that has adopted the Declaration
Talking points
Template social media posts
Arts Equity District badge

By adopting the Declaration, your district will demonstrate its commitment to ensure that all students have the right to develop their creative and academic potential and that your schools nurture the skills to prepare students for the 21st century workforce.