CONFLUENCE 2016 @ Sacramento Convention Center
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm



Presented by Californians for the Arts

Here you may view a preliminary schedule for the convening, which will be updated as new information becomes available: CONFLUENCE 2016 Prelim Schedule for Website

Here you may view the Facebook event page for Confluence.

CONFLUENCE 2016 will feature discussions by leading experts on topics such as Arts Education, Arts in Corrections, Storytelling and Making the Case for the Arts, Cultural Districts, Diversity & Equity, Collaborating with business, Arts and Technology, Arts marketing, Public Art, Working with Individual Artists, fundraising, grants and more.

Best practices, success stories and practical implementation strategies will be shared so participants leave with more tools to be effective arts advocates.

On Day One, network, share ideas and learn best practices from your fellow arts leaders, state-local partners and arts advocates. Enjoy keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will you leave inspired and prepared to continue the rewarding work of being arts leaders in your communities.

There will be a reception and awards ceremony at the Empress Tavern Monday night, more time to network and share!

On Day Two, get prepared for your legislative visit at the Advocacy 101 breakout session in the morning. Participants will learn effective strategies to speak with legislators and their staff, best practices for communicating your case to your local government and business community and how can you make a difference on the Federal level too. Legislative visits are planned for the afternoon with a final wrap up session and debrief.

FREE PTA Arts Advocacy Event
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Don’t miss this FREE PTA arts-advocacy event

Northern California PTA Arts Convening
Wednesday, October 26
6 – 9 p.m. (Dinner Provided)
Sacramento County Office of Education
3661 Whitehead St., Suite 100, Mather, Calif. 95655
Updated location!

Group Of Elementary Age Children In Art Class With Teacher
California State PTA believes that all California children need and deserve quality arts education programs. FREE regional PTA events are bringing together success stories, partnership ideas and tools for your PTA to help strengthen arts education in your school district.

Hear from community partners currently working on arts programs in schools, learn the latest ways to implement arts through the new Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) and connect with local arts organizations to advocate for arts education for every child.

Registration deadline is October 21 — just send your name, your PTA’s name, dinner choice(s) [barbeque chicken salad, Asian chicken salad or Caesar salad (no chicken)] and number of attendees to!

Literacy across the Curriculum – Engaging All Learners @ Yolo County Office of Education - Conference Center
Nov 16 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Arts Now Humboldt Summit @ Arcata High School
Jan 6 all-day
Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning @ Yolo County Office of Education - Conference Center
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Please join us for our upcoming professional learning opportunity: The Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning!  This one-day workshop will be sponsored by CCSESA, California Alliance for Arts Education, and CREATE CA.

Participants will:
• Learn skills on how to develop an arts education plan for a school district and/or county office of education
using the newly released 3rd edition of the Insider’s Guide to Arts Education;
• Take away facilitation strategies that can be applied in multiple settings; and
• Join a professional community that is committed to building capacity for arts education in California.

The program will be led by Peggy Burt, Senior Advisor for the Alliance’s Arts Planning Initiative and one of the authors of the new edition of the Insider’s Guide. Peggy brings over a decade of experience of working with districts on arts plans as well as training planning coaches for Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Arts for All. She began her work as a planning coach for the California Alliance for Arts Education in 2003, and has served as the VAPA coordinator for the Wiseburn School District. She will be joined by other seasoned coaches from the Arts Planning Initiative who will share first-hand experiences of the work they have accomplished in arts education.

We are pleased to partner with the California Alliance for Arts Education’s Arts Planning Initiative which offers an opportunity for California districts and counties to complete a planning process using the best tools available: the Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning, high caliber facilitation and strategic assistance. The initiative also offers a subsidy to help districts and counties fund a planning process. Click here for more information.

For additional information regarding the content of the session, please contact Peggy Burt at For additional information regarding logistics, please contact Jessie Kroll-Yoas at

Title I and the Arts Workshop @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Jan 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Charting a Course for Success: California’s New Renaissance @ Doubletree by Hilton
Mar 2 all-day
CREATE CA State Convening @ Hilton Hotel Orange
Mar 13 @ 11:38 pm – Mar 14 @ 12:38 am
CREATE CA State Convening @ Hilton Hotel Orange | Costa Mesa | California | United States

CREATE CA and the Orange County Department of Education are pleased to host the 3rd Annual Statewide Convening for Arts Education. This convening will focus on the ways to collaborate in order to create changes in practice that increase quality arts education for all students. This two-day convening will include the 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, additional keynote speakers and engaging professional development breakout sessions. Over 300 participants will attend this year’s convening including teachers, administrators, arts organizations, parents, funders and business/industry leaders from throughout California. March 14-15, 2017 Included in Registration: Ticket to Arts OC 2017 Creative Edge Lecture featuring Juan Felipe

With four years of evolving changes in public education, California arts education leaders will come together to:

  • Identify and investigate the new challenges facing arts education
  • Learn about effective resources and strategies to address student and educator needs, and
  • Provide input and guidance about next steps needed in order to increase quality arts education for all students in California.

This two-day convening will feature

  • The 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture at the Segerstrom Concert Hall with Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
  •  A Conversation with Michael McAfee, President, Policy Link: At the intersection of Arts and Equity
  •  Your choice of four think tank sessions on Professional Learning, Leadership Development, Equity and Advocacy
  • And more!

Consider bringing a team from your region with representatives from multiple areas listed below in order to return to your region with a plan of collaborative action.

  • All Administrators responsible for arts education
  • All Visual and Performing Arts Directors and Coordinators
  • Credentialed VAPA teacher in leadership roles
  • Directors at non-profit arts organizations who make the program decisions for arts education
  • Parent leaders advocating for equitable arts education
  • Higher Education leaders making program decisions for preparation of teachers
  • Leaders from industry investing in the arts (Funders)
  • Students in VAPA Teacher preparation programs interested in arts education leadership
  • Board members and Superintendents who are active supporters of arts education for all students

Register Now!

Limited number of Half-Price Scholarships Available. Apply before registering here.

2nd Annual STEAM Symposium @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
2nd Annual STEAM Symposium @ Santa Clara County Office of Education  | San Jose | California | United States


For more information, click here.

CCSESA Arts Learning Colloquium @ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
May 12 all-day
CCSESA Arts Learning Colloquium @ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | San Francisco | California | United States

CCSESA Arts Learning Colloquium at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

sponsored by San Mateo County Office in partnership with CCSESA and SFMOMA

After a three-year closure, the newly transformed and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened its doors to the public on May 14, 2016. Purpose-built to showcase the museum’s celebrated collection over ten breathtaking floors, the new SFMOMA was designed by renowned architecture firm Snøhetta. With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the museum opened with 19 inaugural exhibitions, including a curated selection from the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, the first presentation of works promised through the Campaign for Art, nearly a full floor devoted to the Pritzker Center for Photography, cherished favorites from SFMOMA’s permanent collection, and works specially commissioned for the new museum. SFMOMA now includes nearly 45,000 square feet of art-filled free public spaces, and will offer free admission for all visitors 18 and younger in perpetuity. (taken from the SFMOMA web site).

Click here to view the invitational flyer


  • Gain expertise from museum educators at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA);
  • Make interdisciplinary connections as you interact with works of art at the SFMOMA;
  • Learn how to enhance understanding of works of arts through inquiry based discussions;
  • Network with educators from across California; and
  • So much more!

Register here.

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