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Strengthening the Arts Education Ecosystem

  • Oakstop, International Events Suite 1721 Broadway Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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We’ve all daydreamed about a sustainable arts education ecosystem in the Bay Area and now is our time to make plans to create those dreams together!

We are inviting teaching artists, program directors, and arts administrators to explore the question: What does a sustainable arts education ecosystem look like in the Bay Area?

Facilitator Mariah Landers will help us discover the answer and work toward that vision.

Plan to leave with a tighter Arts Ed network of resources and peers, a personal assessment of where you can best support this dream and what support you need, and a collectively created plan for a more sustainable field.

We would especially like to see arts administrators and teaching artists coming together from organizations, with everyone being compensated for their time.

Light refreshments will be served, including drinks.

This meeting will continue conversations begun at a policy roundtable meeting on October 6, continued at "That Teaching Artists Life..." on October 25, and at "Becoming the Arts City we Say We Are" on December 7.


The program is a partnership between the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, the Junior Center for Art and Science, Teaching Artist Guild, Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco / Bay Area, and Intersection for the Arts; we seek to cultivate a field that is sustainable and collaborative by investing in relationships, individual empowerment, and skill building.

Our facilitator: 

Mariah Rankine-Landers, Ed.M.

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Mariah has 20 years of teaching experience that includes Special Education, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, First Grade and Adult Education.  Mariah holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and a Ed.M in Equity and Social Justice in Education from SFSU.  She is the Director of the Integrated Learning Specialist Program at Alameda County Office of Education in supporting the goals of Arts Centered Integrated Learning and Transformative Leadership.  Mariah's work has been featured on The Electric Company-PBS, at the Oakland Museum of California and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where she is currently a fellow exploring the question "What does Equity look like?"  She has written blogs for Harvard School of Education, TASC, The Teaching Channel and Happy Black Girl.   She is comitted to establishing a database of literature that places children of color as primary characters, written by people of color through her side project: Canerow.org.   She is a resident and adoring fan of Oakland and it's communities.  She is always wanting to learn more about everything, especially contemporary arts.