On June 1, I attended Organizing Power: Unions + Art/Nonprofit Workers curated by Jessalyn Aaland. This exhibit and event was a part of YBCA’s Public Square, a full museum experience showcasing the YBCA Fellows’ year long projects through workshops, visual and performance art, dance, music, and more. Organizing Power, along with about half of the exhibits in the Public Square, engaged the central question, “how might we re-imagine political power?” According to Jessalyn, one approach to this question, and the aim of this particular event, was “to give art workers, and all workers, the tools they need to form unions…Read More
On Tuesday, June 25, the San Francisco Board of Education will be voting on the Resolution to Adopt the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity and Access in Arts Learning put forward by Commissioners Alison Colins and Gabriela López.Read More
Natasha Huey has written about our June 6 Member Meeting and Spring Party:
“And now with the music!”
In just a few short minutes, we graduated from stepping in place on beat to spinning and switching partners in a giant circle in Ryan’s Salsa Rueda class. The revisions, scaffolded challenges, and opportunity for joy, creativity, and collaboration were nothing new to the teaching artists in the room, even if Cuban Salsa was.Read More
How can we make our arts education ecosystem more sustainable for our teaching artists and our organizations?
This is the question we were tackling at our February 1 arts education policy roundtable.Read More
The Teaching Artists Guild has launched a great new tool for arts education, yada, yada, yada - now we’re in a brawl with New York City and we need you all to show up.Read More
The Dreamcatcher awards are the Oscars of arts education in San Francisco. The Visual and Performing Arts Department of the San Francisco Unified School District is proud to recognize arts education leaders from various parts of the community, including arts teachers, school arts coordinators, principals, administrators and community arts partners.
They began presenting the awards in 2007, the same year that the Arts Education Master Plan was released. The 2018 awards were presented on March 15 at the community reception for the SFUSD Arts Festival in the glamorous grand hall of the Asian Art Museum.
Sketchnotes by Todd Berman, marker on paper.
Media is constantly reframing realty to denigrate African-American heroes. Rasheed Shabazz teaches his students to use social media and memes to take back the narrative. Watch this video of his presentation for all the funny memes, and to become aware of when the media becomes dehumanizing.Read More
Merav Tzur is an accomplished contemporary artist who works in a variety of media, including video. Her practice was transformed when she discovered amateur tutorial videos online - see below for her video about how to create the tree of knowledge. Watch the video of her presentation to find out why she finds the medium so meaningful for her media students at Ohlone college.Read More
At San Francisco's Creative Arts Charter School, Ann Ledo-Lane and Gina Griffiths help their 1st and 8th grade students use their art to speak out, take action, and learn all the things. At the heart of their practice is collaboration.Read More
SoMapagmahal Photography teachers Erina C. Alejo and Dara Katrina brought their young artists, David, Dayzsha, and Julianna, on stage with them because the whole purpose of their program is to give youth of color the power to tell their own stories. Their goal is to reactivate brown joy, and they are clearly successful.Read More
Jennifer Klecker took a break from the classroom to go back to school. The revelations that transformed her own art practice inspired her to transform her approach to teaching. Watch this video of her 2017 Curriculum Slam to learn how helps her students at Independence High School in San Francisco find the spark that inspires them.Read More
As a fashion instructor for teenagers at Youth Art Exchange, Sierra Reading wants to make sure her students understand that they have the power to drive the fashion industry. She helped here students work together to design a backpack that would serve their needs.
Watch the video of her March 16, 2017 presentation as part of the "Student Voice. Community Power." Curriculum Slam. Apply by March 12 to present at the 2018 show.Read More
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
Apply to present. Submissions are due by 5 pm on March 19, 2018.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.