Notes from our September 6, 2019 Arts Education Policy Roundtable featuring Sam Bass, director of the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department of the San Francisco Unified School District.
Bass gave a presentation about his own leadership story and exciting VAPA initiatives, then we broke into smaller groups to discuss how to address district challenges. 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
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.
Watch them present and be inspired to show off your own arts education practice at the 2018 Curriculum Slam. 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
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. Read more
This post was created with significant assistance from notes by Nicole Sumner of Artways Playways. Email email@example.com 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.
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,
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
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
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