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Creativity at the Core

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Strengthening and Expanding Arts Education in California Public Schools

The California County Superintendents believe that all California students from every geographic region and at every socioeconomic level deserve in-depth arts learning as part of the core curriculum. The Statewide Arts Initiative works at all levels to strengthen and expand arts education in California Public Schools and increase student access to sequential, standards-based arts education through a full complement of services utilizing the statewide county office of education infrastructure. One of its key purposes is to build educator capacity to implement California Arts Standards and the Arts Education Curriculum Framework.

Module 12: Leadership in Arts Education

Welcome to the California County Superintendents Statewide Arts Initiative Creativity at the Core, Module 12: Leadership in Arts Education developed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Riverside County Office of Education. Module 12 will provide education leaders at every level practical skills and tools to establish sustainable arts education programming in schools.

NEW! Video Series

A Creative Minute

Explore our newest set of resources by Dr. Gary Waddell. This set is designed to infuse arts and creativity into your leadership building capacity activities. It includes short colorful video clips, researched-based briefs with reflection questions, and planning models. Whether used separately or together, this collection can focus attention, support discussions, and help make a splash even when you only have a few minutes.

Featured Programs and Resources

Upcoming Events

Arts Education Funding Implementation Community of Practice
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

With the recent passage of the Arts and Music Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant and the Arts and Music in Schools Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act it is more important than ever to plan strategically and creatively for how to use these and other funding streams to fulfill the goal of equitable access to fully-staffed, sequential, standards-based arts education for all students at all grade levels.

Community of Practice participants will prepare to support their county or district with funding implementation by:

  • Developing a deeper understanding of the various funding streams and possible uses
  • Taking stock of current need in their county or district
  • Engaging in facilitated conversations with other arts education leaders around problems of practice
  • Sharing ideas and best practices

COP Meetings will be virtual and will from be held from 10:00-11:30 AM on the following dates:

  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 14
  • May 5
  • June 2

Audience: Participation is free to county and district arts education leaders but advance registration is required. Teams are encouraged but each individual member must register with the name and email that will be used for the Zoom meeting.


Every kid deserves a quality education that includes the ARTS.

All California students from every culture, geographic region and socioeconomic level deserve quality ARTS learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum.

Our Vision and Core Principles

The California County Superintendents Arts Initiative believes the visual and performing arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All California students from every culture, geographic region and socio-economic level–deserve quality arts learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum.