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,
Tuesday, March 21 is National Arts Advocacy Day. How will you advocate?
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.
Create/CA has created a form letter for you to sign and send to the Governor. You can find a Word version to download on their toolkit page. Or, just copy and past 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
A guest post by Donn Harris.
The 2016-2017 school year is about to open, and the changes for San Francisco Unified are bigger than expected. Each year brings its particular flavor of change and transition, but the opening of this year was unusually momentous. Like many changes, these carry with them a sense of accomplishment and pride on the one hand, and the bittersweet sting of departure on the other. Read More