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:
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.
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.
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...
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.
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."
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...
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.
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.
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.