Our Mission

The Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area is a coalition of arts providers, educators, and advocates working together to ensure that all youth in the San Francisco Bay Area receive a comprehensive and quality arts education.


"Art is fundamental, unique to each of us. Even in difficult economic times, especially in difficult economic times, the arts are essential."



AEABA organizes professional development workshops, networking events, monthly newsletters, a blog, and arts education advocacy events. Events are free for all members to attend.

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What We Do

AEABA provides a forum for an exchange of information and ideas among the broader arts education community and works in collaboration with San Francisco Unified School District, community-based organizations, City agencies, and funders to advance the education and well-being of students through involvement in the arts. Additionally, it serves as a unifying voice for a dynamic local community, comprised of arts organizations, educators, parents, students, and business and community leaders committed to transforming the role of arts education in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Youth engaged in comprehensive arts education possess the skills to build a more vibrant, equitable, and democratic society. As a coalition of arts professionals and allies, we ensure that all students in the San Francisco Bay Area are equitably exposed to, and are supported in exploring, any and all art forms. Parents and educators easily access information about all arts education providers. Community arts organizations collaborate easily with any and all institutions who serve children. Arts education programs and their teaching artists will be supported in pursuing ever-greater excellence in their craft. The profound value of arts education will be appreciated by all members of society and supported accordingly.




AEABA grew out of Arts Providers Alliance San Francisco (APASF), which served the local art providers community since 1994. In the Fall of 2015, APASF merged with the San Francisco Alliance for Arts Education, the Local Advocacy Network (LAN) of the California Alliance for Arts Education, and became the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area. We are a member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection provides resources, community and cultural space in order to contribute to the sustainable practices of artists and arts organizations the San Francisco Bay Area. We are also grateful for support from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Our Leadership