Rural Arts Initiative

California County Superintendents Arts Initiative has been working to build momentum for arts education in rural communities.

Alameda Alpine Amador Butte Calaveras Colusa ContraCosta DelNorte El Dorado Fresno Glenn Humboldt Imperial Inyo Kern Kings Lake Lassen LosAngeles Madera Marin Mariposa Mendocino Merced Modoc Mono Monterey Napa Nevada Orange Placer Plumas Riverside Sacramento SanBenito San Bernardino SanDiego SanFrancisco SanJoaquin San LuisObispo SanMateo Santa Barbara SantaClara Santa Cruz Shasta Sierra Siskiyou Solano Sonoma Stanislaus Sutter Tehama Trinity Tulare Tuolumne Ventura Yolo Yuba

Click on the map to learn more about the county offices of education from across California and what work they have accomplished to build capacity for arts education as part of a complete comprehensive curriculum.

In 2019-20, eight counties participated in a Rural County Arts Cohort to increase student access to arts education. Subgrants were provided to assist counties in developing strategic arts plans and/or implementing existing strategic arts plans. A key component of building artistic literacy in rural communities has been implementing professional development focused on California Arts Standards and developing rigorous arts integration strategies that can open the door for interdisciplinary learning in the arts.

Imperial, Mariposa, and Nevada County Offices of Education implemented arts strategic planning processes with multiple stakeholders. Amador, Butte, Humboldt, Mono, and Tulare County Offices of Education implemented key components of their existing strategic arts plans.

Special thanks to consultants Peggy Burt, Dr. Merryl Goldberg, Patty Taylor, and Jim Thomas for their partnership and expertise. We also acknowledge the California Alliance for Arts Education and CREATE CA for supporting this effort. This collective work has been made possible through generous funding from the Stuart Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.

To learn more about rural arts education, please access the Creativity at the Core Module 21: Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities developed by Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education.

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