Student artwork by Alleon Banaag, Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, San Diego USD

Arts Initiative News

Happy New Year! This month Proposition 28 Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) funds begin flowing to LEAs. As we celebrate the long-awaited release of these funds, it continues to be important to monitor the guidance coming from the California Department of Education (CDE). On February 1 CDE produced their first AMS guidance webinar. A recording of the webinar titled Ready Set Go, can be found on CDE’s FaceBook page. Sections that may be helpful for implementation include a presentation from the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division capturing some of the guidance in their FAQs (beginning at 28:05), an update on credentials from CTC (beginning at 34:40), implementation guidance grounded in the Arts Framework from Region 9 Arts Lead Pauline Crooks of San Diego County Office of Education (beginning at 52:09) and the section produced by Create California’s Abe Flores, Deputy Director of Policy Programs  who shared new implementation resources, as well as others, including some from the California Superintendents Arts Initiative (beginning at 1:08.01). Check out Create California’s update for more about the new Prop 28 planning Toolkit

March is Arts Education Month

March is Arts Education Month also known as Youth Art Month. This is also a great time to recognize the work that the Regional and County Arts Leads do to support arts education on a daily basis. Their individual and collective work helps to ensure we continue increasing equitable access to arts education for every student everywhere in the state. Scroll down to County News and Events to see student artwork and events from around the state! Also check out Create California’s resources for celebrating here. 

California Arts Education Summit: Small Places & Rural Spaces

In January nearly 70 participants with diverse experiences from communities in 35 different counties gathered in Sacramento to engage in exploration of challenges and promising practices related to arts education in small and rural settings. The California Arts Education Summit: Small Places and Rural Spaces focused on challenges and opportunities in arts education in rural and small contexts and how to leverage existing funding and resources to expand and sustain arts education. One goal of the Summit was to increase awareness of the latest developments in arts education funding and policy in California. 

Ample time was spent developing common understandings around Proposition 28 followed by support to build capacity in data collection and strategic planning for expansion and sustainability drawing from multiple funding streams. The importance of building on rural community assets and placemaking as strategies for expansion and sustainability was discussed by a panel that included presentations from Butte, Humboldt, Mariposa, and Sonoma Counties. Participants were also provided networking and discussion time to process Summit content and share their own expertise around various aspects related to implementing high quality arts education.

Throughout the Summit we gathered and recorded wisdom from the field which will be shared in the weeks to come. There was also some time for participants to engage in some art making (to view the artmaking process check out our Instagram @cacountyarts). Participants shared their next steps including making connections with school, district, and county administrators, and community members, including local community arts councils. Our hope is that all went home feeling energized, connected, and more equipped to support the expansion of arts education in their local communities. Many thanks to all who participated!

Save The Date!

Creative Health and Wellbeing Through Visual Art: A Social-Emotional Approach to Learning

Date: March 26, 2024; 4:00 pm

Topic: Join Amy Bultena of the Stanislaus County Office of Education in this virtual presentation focused on the Arts Initiative’s newest professional learning module. It includes projects for teachers of grades UPK-12. The intent of this professional learning resource is to provide tools and strengthen skills, knowledge, and self-confidence to promote students’ creative health and well-being through visual arts.

Scholarship Opportunity for Students!

Pastel Society of the West Coast

The Pastel Society of the West Coast is pleased to offer $2000 Art Scholarships for 2024! The application deadline is April 15. Please see the flyer for details about eligibility and application submission. 

County News and Events

Explore what County Offices of Education have been doing as they support arts education across the state. Please refer to the updated arts leads contact list if you have questions about any of these items.

Region 1

Humboldt County Office of Education

Creative Education Symposium

Themes: Social-Emotional Learning, Storytelling, Movement, Visual Art, Music, Creativity, Lifting Up Voices
Audience: Educators, Administrators, Community Members, Open to anyone across the state
Registration Link
Event Website

Mendocino County Office of Education

Mendocino County is thrilled to report that many teaching artists supported by the Get Arts in Schools Program have begun their residencies. Students are creating dances, topographical maps of the cultures in their valley, participating in musicals, creating podcasts, and more! One class we would like to spotlight is Ms. Pete’s class at Round Valley Elementary School. In an effort to build relationships and understand students’ perspectives, Ms. Pete tried out the new Creativity at the Core Module 26: Creative Health and Wellbeing Through Visual Art: A Social-Emotional Approach to Learning. Her students focused on elements of design and meanings conveyed through shape and color to express their past, present and future. The class used this opportunity to connect, communicate, and share their truths.

Region 4

Alameda County Office of Education

CTE-AME Credential Program

Prop 28 funding has increased the need for credentialed art teachers. In an effort to support local school districts, The Alameda County Office of Education has piloted a free CTE-AME credentialing program. There are currently over 40 applicants who could be directly serving Alameda County schools in art education in the 2024-25 school year. Although the recruitment window has closed, contact information for those who may be interested in the next cohort (TBD) is being collected through the interest form below. Please email Bernie Phelan for more information.

Arts & Creativity First Fridays Kick- Off

On February 2nd, creativity and youth talent was celebrated at the First Friday Art Exhibit held at REACH Ashland Youth Center. The event featured a vibrant student art exhibit showcasing the diverse artistic expressions of our youth. Attendees were treated to captivating music performances by students from Kipp King High School and mesmerizing dance routines by Arroyo High School. Behind the scenes, Dedicated REACH Arts Interns played a pivotal role, coordinating performers, setting up exhibits, and warmly hosting the event. Witnessing the collaborative efforts of the REACH interns and talented youth performers was a testament to the power of mentorship and the cultivation of a sense of agency through creative programs at the youth center.

March: Art is Education Month

Get ready to immerse yourself in creativity and talent at the upcoming First Friday Art Exhibit at REACH Ashland Youth Center on Friday, March 1, 2024. This event is dedicated to celebrating the “Art is Education” motif and advocacy, highlighting the transformative power of arts and creativity in education. The Arts & Creativity Program will showcase a student art exhibit alongside vibrant youth music and dance performances from local schools. Committed REACH Arts Interns have diligently coordinated performers, created artwork, organized exhibits, and hosted the event. This cascading mentorship underscores the cultivation of agency within the creative programs at the REACH. We invite you to join us as we advocate to community stakeholders and local leaders, reinforcing the notion that “Art is Education”! For more information please contact Joaquin Newman or Jerarde Gutierrez 

Black History Month at REACH

Join us for an exhilarating celebration of Black History Month at REACH Ashland Youth Center on Thursday, February 22, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. The event promises to ignite the senses with a dynamic showcase of Black culture and heritage, including an inspiring art exhibit and vibrant youth performances by students from Oakland School for the Arts. Dive into the festivities with our Community Closet offering an array of resources and engaging activities that honor and celebrate Black history. Don’t miss this opportunity to actively engage and commemorate the rich contributions of Black individuals and communities! For more information please contact Joaquin Newman or Jerarde Gutierrez 

San Mateo County Office of Education

Upcoming Events

Save the Date!

Region 5

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Region 5 Arts Lead Sofia Fojas has been supporting arts education and sharing information about Arts and Music in Schools.  Presentations include Arts Education Overview Teacher Induction Program, and supporting the county’s LCAP Day with the presentation  LCAP, the Arts, and Proposition 28 with Eric Scharer.

2024 CISC Leadership Symposium

The student Performances page is now live on the CISC Symposium website. Please view the student art, arranged by region in the Serra Ballroom at the conference. There is art from 11 counties representing 7 regions. A retrospective video of all the submitted pieces will be displayed 15 minutes before the start of the Symposium on the two big screens on either side of the stage in the Serra Ballroom.

2024 Young Artist Showcase

Applications open until April 1, 2024

2024 Viva El Mariachi Showcase

Monterey County Office of Education

VAPA Celebrations

Local Student & Teacher win New York Times Competition

A multimedia competition was held in which students and teachers submitted their reflections and experiences in high school. 16 year old Danna Ramirez from Alisal High School and Theater Director Veronica Dorantes-Pulido shared their perspectives through photography and poetry.
Read the full article

"A Capture of Moments" by Danna Ramirez
"No Space for Commas" by Veronica Dorantes
Marina HS Art Showcase at Sylvan Gallery

Marina High School’s AP Art class showcased their work at the Sylvan Gallery on Friday, Feb 2nd. The gallery, “Meaningful Beings in Meaningful Places”, features a group of 40 creative minds. These young artists focused their art on the concept of “ A Worm’s Eye View”. The showcase is dedicated in loving memory of Lenore Materson, a beloved Marina Youth Arts board member.
More gallery exhibit photos

Photo Credit: MPUSD
Photo Credit: MPUSD
Alisal High School Folklorico

Led by Folklorico teacher Mr. Oscar Benavidez, Sixteen students traveled to Escondido to represent Alisal High School and the Salinas Union High School District at a Folklorico festival. The festival was held at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Feb. 4th. Mr. Benavidez is an alumni of Alisal High School and a graduate of San Jose State. He taught the dances, which were from the state of Aguascalientes, during the Fall semester and performed on stage with his team. Read more about the journey that took Mr. Benavidez back to Alisal to teach baile folklorico here. 

Photo Credit: Oscar Benavidez

Upcoming Events

Monterey County VAPA Collaborative Network

Our local educators and leaders are networking with our aligned partners regarding our arts programs and Prop 28. We meet on a quarterly basis. At our last meeting we shared a collective art project. All members received an individual panel to contribute to our overarching painting. The painting is a cypress tree that is bridged together by all of our member perspectives. We look forward to our continued collaboration! 
Next Session: March 6th, 2024
Registration Link

Photo Credit: Rosa Hernandez
Photo Credit: Maria Parker
Monterey Museum of Art (MMA)

The Monterey Museum of Art will be hosting the following events in the spring. Students and educators from all over Monterey County are welcomed to attend these FREE events!
MMA Website 

Artist Ink

Artists Ink will be hosting the following events in the spring. Students of all ages are welcomed to attend these FREE events!

Other Monterey Upcoming Events

San Benito County Office of Education

San Benito Upcoming Events

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Poetry Opportunities

Student & Educator Opportunity

For the first time, our Santa Cruz Poet Laureate Farnaz Fatemi in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Arts Council and Santa Cruz County Office of Education is bringing the Santa Cruz County Youth Poet Laureate event to our community.

Link Up: Orchestra Moves

The Santa Cruz Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education bring you: Link Up: The Orchestra MOVES.
We are excited about working with our Santa Cruz Symphony and Carnegie Hall to bring this program to our students on February 21-February 23.

Arts Education COP and Summer Arts Education Institute

Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito & Monterey County Offices of Education are co-hosting the monthly, year-long Arts Education Community of Practice. Join us for a region-wide sharing of ideas and inspirations!

Other Events in Santa Cruz County!
Save the Date!

Region 6

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Creation 4 Cessation Juried Art Competition

Sabrina Toor, a sophomore at Modesto High School is the founder of Creation 4 Cessation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit about creating art for the cessation of tobacco and nicotine usage. Sabrina is dedicated to using art as a powerful tool for promoting tobacco/nicotine awareness and disuse. Creation4Cessation is currently hosting a juried art competition for middle and high school students across Stanislaus County. Sabrina’s vision is to encourage young artists to explore themes of tobacco cessation, overcoming peer pressure, and embracing healthier lifestyles through their creative expressions. The competition invites students to submit paintings, sculptures, photography, digital art, and more, showcasing their talent while advocating for positive change. The reception for the event is on February 16, 2024 at Stanislaus County Office of Education; winners will be announced during the reception. Awards are as follows: 1st place, $1000, 2nd place $500, and 3rd place $250.

Stanislaus County Celebrates Chinese New Year

Join the Stanislaus County Office of Education in celebrating Chinese New Year! In honor of the Year of the Dragon, we’re excited to offer a special visual art project that explores the rich history and traditions of this festive occasion. This project dives into the cultural significance of Chinese New Year and the symbolism of the dragon in Chinese culture. This project provides students with the opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn how to draw a Chinese dragon. This hands-on project not only celebrates the spirit of Chinese New Year but also fosters cultural appreciation and artistic expression among our youth. Click here to view the project. See below to view student examples of the project.

Stanislaus County Black History Month Visual Art Projects

Black History Month is an annual tribute to the achievements and pivotal role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Officially designated in February in 1976, this globally recognized event honors the legacy and contributions of Black individuals. Stanislaus County Office of Education has curated a grouping of visual art lessons educators can use to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans. Click here to view the lessons. See below for various students’ examples of projects.

Prop 28 Planning Efforts in Region 6

Stanislaus County Office of Education is facilitating strategic arts planning through a targeted approach tailored to the unique needs of districts in Region 6. In addition to one-on-one planning sessions with district and community arts leaders, Stanislaus COE has established an email network and a dynamic Google Folder to keep districts informed about Prop 28 developments. Stanislaus COE is providing ongoing, personalized consultations and meticulous planning sessions. These consultations and planning sessions include the data collection and analysis, data visualization, and the facilitation and design of district strategic art plans. This scaffolded approach empowers districts to make informed decisions and maximize the potential of Prop 28 funds, ensuring the continued growth and enrichment of arts education in our community.

Region 7

Kings County Office of Education

Check out Kings County Artwork and read about what’s happening in the Kings COE Winter Arts Newsletter

KCOE Inaugural SEL Art Contest

KCOE launched it’s first SEL Art Contest in conjunction with CalHope last Fall. One hundred forty art pieces were submitted from over a dozen educators within the county. Twenty six compositions were selected by the KCOE team to be displayed in the county offices. 

Art at Lemoore High School

Advanced Art students at Lemoore HS mastered creating unity with shape and color by painting acrylic portraits in the style of Chuck Close. Drawing/Painting 2P students made the mundane more interesting by transforming everyday objects such as water bottles, earbuds, and White-Out dispensers into spaceships and other intergalactic machines using ink and colored pencil. Drawing 1P students were introduced to the Rule of Thirds in composition, as well as how to create the illusion of depth with value using atmospheric perspective. They also explored the foundational Elements of Art through drawings in the style of Wassily Kandinsky. CTE students in Entertainment Design have been developing their skillset in construction and painting by building the sets for Anne of Green Gables (Fall) and Emma! The Pop Musical (Spring).

Lemoore Middle College High School Explores Variations of Art

Classes at Lemoore Middle College HS have been seeking inspiration from historical work to create their own masterpieces. Monochromatic paintings have been designed after influence from Vincent Van Gogh’s “Blue Period.”

Inspired by the historical meaning and use of Gargoyles in architecture, students sculpted their own take (works in progress ready for bisque firing)!

Students attended a presentation by Alorha Baga and learned about Native American Ledger Art. They then took the Ledger Art challenge and made similar works from their own personal significant life event.

Hanford High School Ceramics

Students in Ceramics 1 completed a mask project while Ceramics 2 have been working on slip casting and Chinese Blue on White finish. Ceramics 3 students made a casting of their faces and pressed a clay positive to incorporate the Chinese Blue on White finish, a project waiting to get fired. 

Upcoming Kings County Arts Events

Mariposa County Office of Education

The Mariposa County Office of Education is pleased to be partnering, again, with the Mariposa County Arts Council and Sierra Foothill Conservancy to provide an Arts + Environmental Education Day Camp over Spring Break. For this program TK-6th grade students will spend 5 days on the Mariposa Creek Parkway engaged in rigorous outdoor arts + environmental education activities led by scientists, Indigenous culture keepers, teaching artists, and outdoor educators. The program’s curriculum will examine the ecological and cultural features of Mariposa Creek through scientific, cultural and artistic lenses and culminate in students’ individual or collaborative, site-specific, temporary art projects and/or performances. Mariposa Creek Parkway is a Mariposa County park, a preserved landscape, and a place of significance to the local Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation. Curriculum will be aligned to the California Art Standards, History-Social Science Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards. This program was piloted in 2023, is funded with Extended Learning Opportunities Program funds, and is expected to be expanded for Summer 2024.

Merced County Office of Education

Merced County Honor Choir

The Merced County Honor Choir took the stage at the historic Merced Theatre on January 20 to showcase the musical prowess and vocal talents of students from schools across Merced County. Students from Pacheco High School, Los Banos High School, Los Banos Middle School and El Capitan High School together formed the honor choir, led by guest director Tom Faria, with additional performances from Weaver Performing Arts, Fremont Elementary School, and St. Paul Lutheran School. Performances featured a wide range of musical selections both classical and contemporary, with a final performance of “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, inviting all student choirs to the stage. In collaboration with the Merced County Education Foundation and Merced County Office of Education, the honor choir showcases the talents of school choirs from across the county and provides students with the opportunity to come together and collaborate with peers.

Poetry Out Loud 2024

In collaboration with the Merced County Arts Council, Merced County Office of Education produced the 2024 Merced County Poetry Out Loud competition on January 27 at the Multicultural Arts Center in Downtown Merced. The Merced County winner is Starr Schwartz of Merced Scholars Charter School, with Elsa Van Dyke from Merced High School in 2nd place.

February is the Month of Conference Presentations, and Merced County is representing
  • With Adrienne Nau (Continuous Improvement Director, Science Coordinator, Merced COE): Noelle Chandler will be representing ACTS (Arts Connected to Science) with data-backed strategies for integration at CISC 2024 in Monterey and the 2024 STEAM Symposium in Long Beach.
  • With Amy Mejia (ELA/ELD/UDL Coordinator, Merced COE): Noelle Chandler will be representing ECELA (Engaging California English Learners through the Arts) with strategies for increased language development utilizing movement and visual arts at the Central Valley Region VII Literacy Conference.

Tulare County Office of Education

Poetry Live!

The Tulare County Office of Education and the Arts Consortium (Tulare County’s Arts Council) are proud to present Poetry Live! This program is a new series of events that offers students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to not only recite poems written by great poets, but to write and recite their own original works as well. Poetry Live will feature three events that students can choose to participate in: Poetry Out Loud, Poetry Out Loud Junior and Poet’s Own Voice.
For more information on Poetry Live visit:

Poetry Out Loud

is a national event for high school students (grades 9-12) and is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Students participating in this event will choose three pieces from the Poetry Out Loud archive to recite in front of a live audience. Participating schools held their own competition in December or early January. They will crown their school champion who will move on to the Tulare County Poetry Out Loud event and compete for the county title.

Poetry Out Loud Junior

The Poetry Out Loud experience is being offered to middle school students (grades 6-8) in the Poetry Out Loud Junior event. Students participating in this event will choose three pieces from the Poetry Foundation archive of poems to recite in front of a live audience. Participating schools held their own competition in December or early January and send their school champion to county competition, where a student will be crowned the county champion.

Poet's Own Voice

The final event in the Poetry Live family is Poet’s Own Voice. This event is open to middle school and high school students (grades 6-12). There are two ways to participate. The first is a written event in which students submit five original works. Judges will determine the top piece from each student, as well as rank all pieces to determine the top three poems overall. In the showcase portion of the event, students can choose to recite their top original work in front of an audience. From the showcase event the Tulare County Youth Poet Laureate will be crowned.

Region 8

Ventura County Office of Education

VCOE held the second of a 3 part series of The Ventura County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts Leadership Network on December 6th, 2023. This is a free networking opportunity which promotes communication and collaboration between school and district leads involved in, or considering, art initiatives throughout Ventura County. It provides updates on State and Federal funding, best practices, and opportunities/events for student arts throughout the region. This year’s network welcomes Peggy Burt, Arts Education Coach and Consultant to help County LEA’s develop and implement a Strategic Plan for Arts as it relates to Prop 28. This series has been very successful with over 40 participants from the entire region. The final session is scheduled for Tuesday March 8th, 2024.

VCOE will be hosting our second annual Visual and Performing Arts Showcase on May 8th and 9th, 2024. The event provides a forum for Student Artists to showcase their visual media art in a professional displayed setting in our Ventura County Office of Education, Conference & Educational Services Center (5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA 93012). Along with displayed art, several musical and dance performances take place at the event from schools across the county. This year we are excited to see a display of art from Santa Barbara County Students as well, in an effort to strengthen our partnerships within Region 8.

Kern County Office of Education

Spring Concerts

Kern County School Districts are working on perfecting their craft for upcoming competitions. Choirs, Orchestras and many more ensembles are performing in the months of February and March. Some artists will be rewarded to compete and collaborate at the State level.

Art Partnership

The county office and The Kern Arts Council have partnered together to support Expanded Learning in multiple school districts. “Cool Afterschool” is an Expanded Learning camp run at a local museum this school year. Students get to experience multiple lessons of Art design from local artists. Our 21st Century schools are also learning about
Native American jewelry and Literacy in the Arts from some amazing artists. This partnership will continue as we move into the summer months with STEAM Camps.

Arts Education Month-March

Our first annual Arts in the Courtyard will begin this year on Fridays during the month of March. Local visual art teachers, choir, band teachers will bring students to perform/display in the KCSOS courtyard. We are excited to let our community know how important Arts Education is to all students.

Santa Barbara County Office of Education

Children’s Creative Project and SBCEO partnered with the Santa Barbara Bowl to present a free performance for students at the Santa Barbara Bowl featuring LADAMA, a group of female artists, musicians and educators from different countries and cultures of Latin America. Nearly 2800 students were in attendance representing 9 districts from across the county. This performance, known as “Kids at the Bowl,” is an annual performance and collaboration. This year’s performance was the first one since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from 4th-12th were invited to sign up to attend. Additionally, a special workshop led by the for 50 junior high school students was offered immediately following the performance. Each participating school received a study guide created by a former Performing Arts Teacher of the Year, Sarah Barthel of Cabrillo High School in Lompoc.

On November 4th, SBCEO will be presenting their annual A Salute to Teachers event which honors exemplary educators throughout Santa Barbara County. Of these special recognitions, each year a performing arts educator is recognized as the SB Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year. SBCEO/CCP is excited to honor Elesa Carlson as the 2024 Performing Arts Teacher of the Year. Ms. Carlson is a Drama and Art teacher for Righetting High School of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

Region 11

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Celebrating Arts Education Funding with Equity & Vision

Join fellow educators to reflect on the first year of Prop 28 implementation with Los Angeles school communities. During this artful and inspiring day, you will hear how local schools have implemented programs, developed equitable plans, explored funding opportunities, leveraged partnerships, and peek into their future aspirations. Be inspired and gain insight on next steps that put students in the arts at the forefront while learning from your colleagues. This event is offered by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), LACOE’s Center for Distance and Online Learning and the Greater LA Education Foundation with contributions from the LA Department of Arts and Culture and Create CA. Open to school district leaders, site leaders, arts coordinators, school board members, and members of the arts education community.
Date: May 1st, 2024
Registration Link

From the UCLA School of Education & Information

Imagine If: Powering Learning through Creativity and the Arts is a free one-day convening inspired by the teachings of Sir Ken Robinson and the promise of Prop. 28. It will bring together K-12 teachers, arts educators, principals, district leaders, and museum and community arts partners to learn together, make connections, and co-construct actionable ways to make the promise of Prop. 28. This event is hosted by the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies. The day will include

  • a keynote by Kate Robinson (Sir Ken Robinson’s daughter),
  • 21 interactive workshops, organized around 5 strands: elementary arts integration, secondary arts integration, museum and community arts partnerships, arts education leadership, and educator self-care through art-making.
  • a World Cafe that explores critical topics in Prop. 28 implementation.
    Date: March 2nd, 2024
    More information/Registration Link
Very Special Arts Festival

The Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival is an annual free, inclusive event celebrating the artistic achievements of students with all abilities. The festival features student and professional performances, visual and performing arts workshops and a student art exhibit created around a theme that is introduced to the students each year. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is open to all grade levels.
Date: April 26th, 2024
Click for more information and to register your school

State Partner News

Create California

Prop 28 Planning Toolkit

Create CA, in partnership with WestEd, California County Superintendents Arts Initiative, the Association of California School Administrators, the California Latino School Board Association, and the Small School Districts Association, developed a comprehensive toolkit for school administrators to plan for Prop 28: Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) funding.

Download here

Celebrate Art Education Month this March!

Have your School Board proclaim March Arts Education Month! Engaging your school board to proclaim March Arts Education Month is an excellent opportunity to build relationships with school leadership and raise awareness of the importance of arts education and the new arts funding all schools will receive through Prop 28, the Arts & Music in Schools Act.

Visit this page for resources to help

February Arts Now Meetup with Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area

Join us for the February Arts Now Meetup, where we’re excited to partner with the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area! Take advantage of this chance to network and explore the forefront of arts education with us. Join this exciting conversation on February 21st at Noon PST.

Register here

March Arts Now Meetup

Time to Connect! Join Create CA and Friends of Sacramento Arts at the March arts Now Meetup on March 21 at 3PM is where you want to share and thought-partner with your peers.

Register here

Share this invitation to complete the Student Voices Challenge this March!

The Students Voices Challenge encourages students to use their influence and voices to reshape their educational landscape. Let the urgency of this moment fuel their call for transformative change. Encourage students to complete the challenge this March when Create CA unveils an exciting new tool FOR students, BY students!

California Art Education Association

Youth Art Month

Initiated in 1961 by The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), Youth Art Month acknowledges art education’s vital role, fosters creativity, and seeks community support for art programs at all levels. The California Art Education Association sponsors shows throughout the state to celebrate our exceptional arts education programs and to showcase student artwork. Winning state artwork will be displayed in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association Convention (NAEA) April 4-6, 2024.

  • CAEA Northern Area YAM Show: Crocker Art Museum is on exhibition now through mid-March. For more information please contact: Jamie Shilen or Maryann Schultz

  • CAEA Southern Region YAM Show: Riverside Art Museum 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
    Exhibit Dates: 3/2/24- 3/16/24
    Closing Reception: 3/16/24
    Contact: Kristen Carrillo (Ursenbach).

CAEA Professional Award Nominations Window is Open

Our member awards allow our organization’s outstanding educators and their programs to be honored and recognized. Contact: Bob Medina, CAEA Professional Awards Chair.
Deadline March 1, 2024.

CAEA Northern Area

CAEA’s northern area is hosting a members-only workshop with SFMOMA and Art21. The event features a screening of Bay Area artists on Art 21, followed by a Q&A with Barry McGee, celebrated for his urban-inspired art.
Date: March 23, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Contact Ross Roadruck for questions, membership and registration information.

2024-2025 Davis Monthly Planner Winners

We have art created by five students, who are taught by California Art Education Association members, whose art will be featured on the 2024-2025 Davis Monthly Planner.

Front Cover Art Winners:
Ja’Leyah W. and Laelonie
– Grade 5
Teacher: Meera Ramanathan (CAEA San Diego)

Back Cover Art Winners:
Aubry’ann M.
– Grade 4: Artwork: “Buddy the Parrot” (Bird Collage)
Teacher: Alyssa Navapanich (CAEA San Diego)

Torin P. – Grade 11: Artwork: “Deep Waters” (Boat Image)
Teacher: Annie Yi (CAEA Northern)

Darcy C. – Grade 9: Artwork: “Red Skies” (Building with Red Sky)
Teacher: Don Masse (CAEA San Diego)

CAEA Fall Conference: Proposal window open

Save the date! November 8-11, 2024, Hotel Fera – A DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 The City Dr N, Orange, CA 92868. Anyone interested in presenting a workshop or having a booth at the conference should contact Bob Medina. (Proposal submissions are due April 15, 2024, at midnight PST)

California Dance Education Association

2024 CA Dances Festival

Join CDEA and the Irvine Valley College Dance Department, as we celebrate the wide variety of California dance! We are excited to announce CDEA’s seventh annual, all sector, all styles, all cultural traditions, dance festival co-hosted by Irvine Valley College Dance. The concert will be held Saturday evening, April 20, 2024, at the beautiful Rezanoor Stage on the campus of Irvine Valley College. This year, we are excited to offer mixed-level dance classes and a dance film screening. Mixed level dance classes will be open to festival participants and the public Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20, in the Arts Complex Dance Studios at IVC.

Submission Deadline: February 18th
Registration Link 

California Educational Theatre Association

FREE Membership!

CETA (California Educational Theatre Association) passionately believes that all students and educators throughout the state should be able to partake in its vast network of educational resources and opportunities. The board of directors has therefore decided to waive membership fees for all California theatre educators for the 2023-2024 school year. If you have any questions regarding this new policy, or if you know of any CA theatre educators who may be interested in joining the CETA community, the membership committee will be happy to chat. Please direct any inquiries to: and help us share this exciting announcement!
Click to get your free membership

AME Institute

Bay Area Pop-Up

On February 23, the AME Institute will be in San Francisco for the 2024 Bay Area Pop-Up.
We will Kick-Off at the Dolby Cinema with keynote speakers from KQED: Ernesto Aguilar and Pendarvis Harshaw. Afternoon programming will happen throughout the city at Lucasfilm, Adobe, KQED, Unity Technologies, and BAVC. The day will also include an AME Expo with some great AME partners, Breakfast, Lunch, and a Reception at Adobe! 

For more information about AME Institute events contact
Registration Link 

For more information about AME Institute events contact
Registration Link

AME Institute Burbank

The AME Institute Burbank returns June 26, 27, 28 and will feature speakers, software trainings, workshops, tours, an AME Expo, and networking events to support educators who are building the pipeline from public education to the creative industries. There will be over 500 Arts, Media, and Entertainment educators and industry professionals in attendance.

Professional Learning for AME Educators: AME Alignment

Support your Arts, Media, and Entertainment teachers with the best in AME professional learning from AME Institute. AME Alignment is a three day professional learning curriculum developed to help AME teachers align their CTE pathways with the AME standards and develop a model pathway. Teachers collaborate, create, and develop industry-aligned curriculum that prepares students for careers in the creative industries. For more information reach out to 

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

AI or Not AI: Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Art

Join an us for any or all thought stimulating webinars featuring artists, scholars, engineers, and critics who are using emerging technologies to create art and explore relationships.
The California Arts Project is honored to co-sponsor a second year of AI focused webinars hosted by California State University, Fresno’s Art Education Program. Other sponsors include National Art Education Foundation, and Fresno State Office of IDEAS (Innovation & Digital Excellence for Academic Success). No Cost to attend. Registration is required.

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM (PT) 
Date: February 15, 2024

Registration Link 

Getting Started on a Career in the Arts Podcast!

TCAP’s Getting Started on a Career in the Arts video podcast series introduces educators and students to a variety of professional entertainment visual, performing, and media artists. Hear their stories of how they got started on their arts careers and how they’ve managed to survive and thrive in the challenging entertainment industry. The show’s host is Jim Clark, House of Illusions.
TCAP Video Podcast Link

TCAP's Black Theatre Initiative Webinar Series Investigation of Black Theatre

Join us for any or the entire series of webinars featuring Black Theatre artists and scholars as we investigate three significant time periods in Black Theatre. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. After registering you will be emailed the zoom link prior to each webinar.

All Webinars are 4:00 – 5:30 PM (PT)
February 28, 2024-
Early African American Theatre 1800s
March 20, 2024- Black Theatre In-Between the Wars and Depression
April 10, 2024- Contemporary Trends: Theatre for Social Change

Registration Link 

TCAP’s Arts Education Implementing Equitable and Effective Arts Education Professional Learning Community for Administrators and Leaders

California is embarking on a new era of arts education with the passage of the Arts and Music in Schools – Funding and Guarantee and Accountability Act. Join other leaders from across the state in the third year of TCAP’s Professional Learning Community for LEA administrators and leaders as we strive to implement the goals of equitable and effective arts education for all students. The sessions are offered through Zoom, are interactive, and provide opportunities for networking and conversations with other administrators from around the state. 

Audience: LEA Administrators, Arts Ed Coordinators, TOSA’s
Price: No cost, TCAP funded
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM (PT)
Remaining Dates: 3/14/24, 4/25/24

Registration Link

TCAP's 16th Courageous Creativity Conference
TCAP’s Regional Arts Education Network Communities

TCAP’s statewide and regional arts education network communities, TCAP AEN’s, support TK–12 through post-secondary dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and CTE AME educators. The network sessions provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to stay informed of statewide and regional arts education news, issues, and to engage in dialogue with others on critical arts education topics.

Audience: Administrators, Educators
Price: No cost, TCAP funded
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Remaining Dates: 3/14/24, 5/23/24

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