On December 7, a group of arts educators and administrators met to discuss how to make our industry more sustainable for teaching artists and the organizations that employ them. We came up with many ideas for how to better recruit and retain teaching artists which our facilitator, Aimee Espiritu, has compiled here.Read More
Video of a 2017 Creative Practice Exchange performance by Carolina Zamora.
Zamora describes how the sensory table in her pre-Kindergarten classroom enable her students to play and take risks, which sets the foundation for a lifetime of meaningful exploration and education.Read More
Call for Proposals
2018 Creative Practice Exchange
Art as Collective Movement
Contribute. Communicate. Collaborate.
Date and Location TBD*
The Creative Practice Exchange (aka Curriculum Slam) is a showcase of the creativity, critical thinking, and innovation that arts educators bring to their classrooms.
Interested in presenting?Read More
Every two months, we hold a gathering of arts educators for an arts education policy roundtable. On December 1, 2017, we met underneath Peter Ilyin's 1938 oil paintings of San Francisco's waterfront in room 125 of the Veteran's Building to discuss what makes for successful partnerships with public schools.
This post was created with significant assistance from notes by Nicole Sumner of Artways Playways. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about her workshop, "Hard Wired to Play: A Course Exploring the Specturm of Play as if Your Leanring and Mental Health Depended on it."
Don't miss Honor Your pARTner :: an Arts Education Partnership Showcase on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
Our colleagues at the Teaching Artists Guild have launched a new tool for all arts educators. Today, they held a video chat to talk all about the new Teaching Artist Pay Rate Calculator; you can see notes and view the video below.Read More
At our October 6, 2017 Arts Education Policy Roundtable, we took a first look at data from our survey about teaching artist pay rates and employment structure. We decided to take on this survey project after our discussion at the April 2017 Policy Roundtable about how we can work together to address a local teaching artist shortage.
This post outlines our initial reactions, findings, and first steps. We will continue the conversation on October 25 in Oakland at That Teaching Artist Life…Taking Action to Support Teaching Artist Sustainability.Read More
Who here has noticed a teaching artist shortage?
Everyone raises their hand.
We met for our bi-monthly Arts Education Policy Roundtable meeting on April 7. On our agenda: The teaching artist shortage and advocacy issues. The discussion about the teaching artist shortage had such momentum that we went ahead and spent most of the meeting discussing that. Some of the ideas raised are captured below in three sections:
Teaching Artist Shortage: sharing experiences,
Teaching Artist Shortage: ideas for solutions,
Kathy Fleming of the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) office chose our February 3 convening of Arts Education Policy Roundtable as the venue to unveil data from a study of what arts education was offered at elementary schools in San Francisco for the 2015-16 school year. The PEEF office has created a profile for each elementary school in the city.
You can look at the Report, Searchable Data File, and Instructions for the Searchable Data File. This data represents all arts programs funded through the Public Education Enrichment Fund, DCYF, and the Elementary Arts Program. Arts programs that are funded in other ways will be included in data for 2016-17 which will be released in October.
Not included in the data are arts programs that were provided by organizations or funded through other means. We will be working with Ms. Fleming to figure out how our members can best provide the data to fill in those gaps for this year and last year.
Data for middle and high schools can be found via the California Arts Education Data Project.
The SFUSD elementary school arts education data was presented to the San Francisco Board of Education on March 14, 2017 and the PEEF budget for 2017-18 was approved the following week.
Tuesday, March 21 is National Arts Advocacy Day. How will you advocate?
About National Arts Advocacy Day:
On March 21st, Americans for the Arts will bring together 85 national arts organizations & over 500 grassroots arts advocates to visit their Congressmembers in D.C. to develop strong public policies investing in the creative cultural life of our cities, focusing on saving support for the National Endowment for the Arts this year.
It may be too late for you to get to D.C. by Tuesday, but there are many ways you can take action right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.Read More
Facing a confused and conflicted world, young learners may not understand all the specifics, but sense uncertainty and anxiety. Classrooms may be places where opportunities to explore unnamed fears and hopes emerge, with the arts as catalyst and catharsis. And as Carlee Adamson, Equity Coach with Oakland Unified Public Schools explains, we begin with trust.Read More
On March 3, 2016, the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, with support from Leap Arts in Education, held the 2016 Creative Practice Exchange. Nine teachers stepped up to the stage in the Rueff at ACT’s Strand theater to each share a story about their classroom arts education practice in 7 minutes with 14 slides...Read More
We finished 2016 with a small flurry of meetings. This post will recap the Arts Education Policy Roundtable meeting on November 4 with Donn Harris, the Arts Education Brown Bag Lunch on November 16, and the Roundtable meeting on December 2, where we came up with feedback for Donn Harris and compiled ideas collected at the Brown Bag.Read More
by Andrew Berger
Witness imagination in action at the annual Bay Area Arts Education Resource Fair on January 25.
Far more than the name implies, the fair is a celebration of the kaleidoscopic educational opportunities that our vibrant Bay Area arts community offers.Read More
On September 7, members of Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area gathered at Alonzo King Lines Dance Center for a workshop titled "Energy, Focus, and Creative Risk Taking: Classroom Management for the Visual and Performing Arts."Read More
The Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area is endorsing two propositions in the November 8, 2016 election in San Francisco.Read More
In a panel moderated by Heidi Carlsen, four of the Bay Area’s most effective advocates for art and education discussed lessons they’ve learned and how to apply those lessons to future arts education advocacy...Read More
The Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area held an Arts Education Police Roundtable meeting on the morning of August 26, 2016. We discussed updates in the arts education field in the San Francisco Bay Area, then broke into groups to discuss issues around assessment and evaluation, the Creative Impact process, advocacy, and arts pathways within the San Francisco Unified school district.Read More
The Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area held an arts education policy roundtable meetings at the San Francisco Arts Commission during the morning of June 3, 2016.Read More
Advocacy alert via Create/CA
The Theatre and Dance Act (SB916) has been moving its way through the California political system. The state Assembly approved it 78-0, so it now heads to Governor Jerry Brown; once he signs it, it's law. Read more about the bill here. Brown has been somewhat unpredictable as to what he'll sign. There is a chance he could find some reason to veto this bill.Read More
A guest post by Laurie Marshall
I came away from the three days of “Inventing Our Future” with 30 new tools to apply to creative, collaborative work and 25 new allies. I learned new...Read More