About Creativity at the Core

OUR GOAL:  To make visible and accessible paths to learning for California’s diverse learners through a focus on powerful arts teaching and learning that builds on and supports learning in aligned to California State Standards.


Welcome to a suite of educational resources. Here you will find professional learning modules focused on many key topics that support arts learning and California State Standards. Regional Arts Leads representing county offices of education from across California and key arts organization partners collaborated on professional learning resources to be used and customized in a wide range of educational and arts educational settings.

Most of us know the many benefits of arts education and creativity in the classroom. Perhaps one of the most important benefits is that creative learning cultivates deeper learning and builds multiple kinds of literacy including reasoning, imagining, problem solving, dexterity and many unique forms of expression. The visual and performing arts provide us many lenses to view history, culture, and the world around us.

The creative work force is looking for innovative leaders to solve complex problems. As we explore how creativity connects with arts learning, California State Standards, and other curricular areas, we acknowledge the value of arts learning both as courses of study as defined by our state Ed Code, but also as vital subjects that connect across the curriculum — opening up many interdisciplinary opportunities for connections, relationships, and applications. 

Current and Past Sponsors

  • The California Arts Council
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Stuart Foundation

Our Founding Partners

  • The California Department of Education (CDE)
  • The California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE)
  • Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Curricular and Improvement Support Committee and Visual and Performing Arts Subcommittee Chair

Lisa Salas Brown, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Ventura County Office of Education

Initial Creativity at the Core Leadership Advisory Members who helped shape the program:

  • Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA
  • Fred Dobb, Consultant
  • Teresa Lenihan, Loyola Marymount University
  • Mary Rice, CDE
  • Carrie Roberts, CDE
  • Francisca Sánchez, Consultant
  • Patty Taylor, Consultant
  • Gary Waddell, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education