April 2021 Arts Initiative Newsletter
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Inside this Issue
- CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News
- County Programs
- State Highlights
- National Highlights
- Professional Learning Opportunities
CCSESA STATEWIDE ARTS INITIATIVE NEWS
Safe Schools for All – New Guidance
The Safe Schools for All Team has shared new guidance now in effect:
- Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances – this guidance allows for spectators and observers at outdoor youth sports competitions and practices, and defines capacity limits and other requirements. It allows for outdoor concessions. This guidance can also be used for other performances (theatrical or musical) and includes recommendations for performers and musical performers. Finally, this guidance should be used for an audience at graduations (also follow CDPH Commencement Guidance).
- Indoor Seated Live Events and Performances – this guidance allows for spectators and observers at indoor youth sports competitions and practices, and defines capacity limits and other requirements. It specifies that food and drink can only be consumed in designated areas (which can be indoors or outdoors), but is open to how the food is purchased (via concession stands for example). This guidance can also be used for other indoor performances (theatrical or musical) and includes recommendations for performers and musical performers.
- Private Venues and Events – this guidance can be used for Proms and any other private events. There are specific requirements for testing/vaccination for indoor events, and this was done because of the risk levels associated with these types of events. There are separate capacity limits for outdoors, without the need for testing/vaccination.
- Guidance for Gatherings – this guidance can be used for smaller, social and informal settings without requirements for testing/vaccination.
As always, please visit https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/ for additional information.
CRAN (CCSESA Rural Arts Network) March Meeting Recap
At the March 23rd CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN) meeting, Louisa Higgins Riverside County Office of Education) was the featured presenter who shared strategies for building capacity in rural regions. She discussed building relationships and strategic communications with community partners and educators. If you haven’t already, please join us to learn, share your voice, and expand the field’s understanding of the specific strengths and challenges of our rural areas as we continue to work to offer equitable, accessible arts education for students across the state. We invite you to attend our next meeting on April 27 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. We will be delighted to feature work of Sonoma County with speakers Karen McGahey (Sonoma County Office of Education) and Deborah Yarrow (Creative Sonoma) who will share how they are building capacity for arts education in Sonoma County through strategic planning and support.
Click HERE to read the initial announcement regarding the CCSESA Rural Arts Network.
MEETING RSVP HERE
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
April 27, 2021 * May 25, 2021
Kindra Britt, Meet CCSESA’s New Communications and Strategy Director
Kindra is an experienced communications professional who most recently served as Deputy Superintendent of the Access for All Branch at the California Department of Education (CDE). At CDE, she managed a branch that consisted of 4 divisions and accounted for 1,200 employees across the state: Career and College Transition, the State Special Schools, Technology Services Division, and CDE Press. Prior to that role, she was the Deputy Superintendent of the Communications and Marketing Branch, where she created and executed all internal and external communications, media relations, speaking engagements, and public events for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and CDE as an agency.
Prior to CDE, Kindra served as Community Affairs Director for the Placer County Office of Education, where she worked for 12 years, starting out as a Career Technical Education Instructor teaching high school juniors and seniors in Marketing courses. She has a wealth of experience working for a county superintendent, and intimately understands the role and function of a county office from her extensive time at Placer COE. In addition to her work in Placer County, she has experience in crisis communications after working on loan to Butte County Office of Education to assist Paradise Unified School District (PUSD) during the aftermath of the catastrophic Camp Fire in 2018. She managed media relations from all over the world in response to the devastation caused by the fire.
Kindra is currently a board member for the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA). Her network of school communicators throughout the state will serve as a benefit to CCSESA and her new role. She will begin working at CCSESA in May.
Counties on the Move Spotlight in Region 10 – Explore Arts Programs in Southern California County Offices of Education
The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative believes that the arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All California students – from every culture, geographic region and socio-economic level – deserve quality arts learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum. In this issue, we would like to highlight the excellent work being done on behalf of students primarily in northern California.
CLICK HERE to view/download the entire Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students publication.
Learn about arts programs in REGION 10:
Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties HERE.
Meet the Region 10 Arts Leads, who work to strengthen arts learning for all students. Ilissa Twomey (Inyo); Tammy Bennett Nguyen (Mono); Louisa Higgins (Riverside) and Armalyn De La O (San Bernardino).
Region 10 Arts Co-Leads:
Armalyn De La O, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools &
Louisa Higgins, Riverside County Office of Education
CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads
To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads – CLICK HERE
Arts Ed Twitter Chat – #CaArtsEdChat
Join @PCrooks_VAPA, @VAPAJeannine, @aaronbryan, and other arts education leaders from across the state for the #CaArtsEdChat, a Twitter Chat held every Wednesday from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. We’re growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Join us as we discuss topics such as: the newly adopted CA Arts Framework; integrating the arts and technology; arts and anti-racism; and much more!
New to Twitter, or just want to learn more about the Twitter Chat or see the questions in advance? Visit www.bit.ly/CaArtsEdChat2020.
Alameda County Office of Education – Virtual Webinar
April 22, 2021
Promising Practices from the Field
Educators in Alameda County are using the arts in ways that help students express the context of their lives, learn content in deeply engaging ways, and build the creativity needed to address the inequities in our communities and world. Join us for inspired presentations by educators in alameda County, as they share the critical ways the arts have an impact on the lives of their students.
Mono County Office of Education -Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute
June 21-22, 2021
Make plans now for the exciting Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute
The Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute provides arts training and tools that meet the California Arts Standards and address Social-Emotional Competencies for teachers to integrate into their classrooms. The CESSAI online workshops will be interactive and engaging and are 90 – 120 minutes long. Each session will include opportunities for reflection and questions. Each attendee will walk away with new ideas and tools to use for integrating arts successfully and knowledge to address social-emotional competencies in their lessons and classrooms.
To learn more, click HERE.
Riverside County Office of Education – Fine Arts Spectacular
Easy Arts for Everyone – How-to Arts Videos
Did you know that Riverside County Office of
Education’s Visual and Performing Arts program has been busy creating 25 short videos on arts instruction?
Each video is between 5 to 10 minutes long, with easy-to-follow instructions and utilizing materials that are typically found either at
home or in the classroom. The focus is on fun and engagement and the videos are intended for parents to use at home, teachers to assign or do with their students as part of distance learning, or to support teaching and learning in the classroom setting. There are even specific
lessons that embrace Social and Emotional Learning, Cultural Relevancy and STEAM.
For more information, contact Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at email@example.com.
Fine Arts Spectacular
The Riverside County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts presents the first annual Fine Arts Spectacular.
Riverside County middle and high school art students are invited to participate in a virtual Fine Arts exhibition by creating and submitting a work of visual art in response to the theme, Embrace the Chaos. After an unprecedented year of change and uncertainty, it is time to celebrate your creativity, resilience, and ability to engage with the unknown.
Two- and three-dimensional works are eligible to be a part of the show. Please see the submission requirements and judging rubric below as well as tips and suggestions on creating your piece, which will be available soon.
Works will be judged by a diverse panel of practicing artists and educators. Selected students will have their artwork displayed virtually and receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Riverside County Office of Education.
Submission Window – May 3-14, 2021
Artwork must be uploaded by May 14 at 11:59 p.m. Link to submission form will be posted here on May 3.
Online Gallery and Awards Announcement
June 1, 2021
Music that Unifies: Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music
CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Module 19
Developed by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and San Diego County Office of Education
Did you know that music has been shown to increase empathy among students?
Have you noticed an increased need for acceptance and understanding in our world?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
May 3 and 24, 2021
Join us for this set of interactive sessions designed to utilize the power of music to broaden a participant’s world view and develop a greater sense of empathy. The sessions will reinforce both the need for discipline specific music and arts instruction as well as integrated instruction to benefit the whole child. We will explore the lives of people in other parts of the world through music, while also introducing and reinforcing key music standards.
This series will combine a short asynchronous session, a more in-depth 90-minute experiential session on May 3, and an hour-long discussion three weeks later on May 24, after participants have had the opportunity to try some of the lessons or lesson resources with students.
Materials and resources have been adapted for virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning.
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools – 2021 Young Artists’ Gallery
The 2021 Young Artists’ Gallery for San Bernardino County received over 200 pieces of student artwork created by middle and high school visual arts students.
The first round of judging took place in mid-March and was judged according to originality, technique and artistic voice. 170 pieces of artwork were juried into the exhibition. A second round of judging took place in late March to select the award recipients in each of the 10 categories along with one overall Best of Show for Middle School and one overall Best of Show for High School. The Young Artists’ Gallery has taken place each year since 1996.
The exhibition is sponsored by San Bernardino County Superintendents Office, RIMS California Arts Project and the Arts Connection: Arts Council for San Bernardino County. The student exhibition demonstrates the breadth and depth of visual arts instruction in the county’s secondary schools, especially during the 2020 – 2021 school year through distance learning. The virtual award recognition was held on April 20 for the students, teachers and parents.
View Young Artists’ Gallery 2021 HERE.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Young Artist Showcase 2021
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) announces the 2021 Young Artist Showcase Competition. This competition is open to public school students, grades Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in Santa Clara County. This year’s theme is: In this changing world, the Arts are… How have you used the Arts during the year of online learning?
Submissions will be 4D format: new media, video, digital photography, illustration, graphic design, photo-shopped images and anything created on a computer, digital camera, or screen. Submissions are due by April 25, 2021.
For more information, please contact Sofia Fojas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG SHOWCASE SUBMISSION FORM
June 7-10, 2021
Summer 2021 Arts Integration Institute
VISUAL ARTS-MUSIC-PERFORMANCE ART
The counties of CCSESA Region 5 Arts (Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara) are coming together to present a region-wide, Arts Integration Institute, June 7-10, 2021 in a virtual convening of educators who want to deepen their knowledge of culturally responsive arts integration and social emotional learning. Come share new thoughts and ideas with a cohort of educators to address the conditions of a dynamic educational landscape and the needs of students and their families by infusing joy and creativity into teaching and learning.
Institute contact: Audrey Sirota at email@example.com
May 26 and June 9, 2021
Topics include: ways to include new CA Arts Standards and Framework; social-emotional learning and the arts; unpacking racism through the arts; arts and the Black Lives Movement; and indigenous ways of knowledge and learning. We see the arts as a tool for healing, connecting to self and community, increasing student engagement, and nurturing creativity.
The arts are essential!
Santa Cruz County Office of Education – FREE Educational Equity Series: The Power of Community, Relationship, and Student Voice
May 11, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education invites students, educators, and families to attend our next Equity Series topic: The Power of Community, Relationship, and Student Voice.
Featured Speaker: Enid Lee, A Leader in Anti-Racist Education
Please join this important dialogue to honor student voices, learn about successes as well as challenges, and hear and offer suggestions about what our community can do to support our students of African descent in Santa Cruz County.
EVENT FLYER (English/Spanish)
A Whole Child Approach to the AB86 Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Convening – SAVE THE DATE
May 5, 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The California AfterSchool Network is excited to collaborate with the California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division, and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to offer ALL California Educators and Educational Leaders, of all sectors, an opportunity to participate in a virtual convening, to support A Whole Child Approach to the AB86 ELO Grant. The CCSESA cross-steering committee work group focused on guidance on one-time funding will be sharing resources and tools as well.
SAVE THE DATE FLYER – share it with fellow educator friends and colleagues!
All CA Educators, of all sectors, are invited and encouraged to participate! This free virtual convening is designed to support the CA Educational Ecosystem with state and federal opportunities in supporting children, youth, and communities, with a Whole Child approach.
Space is limited, secure your spot today!
California Alliance for Arts Education & CREATE CA Merger Partner Announcement
California Alliance for Arts Education (the Alliance) and Create CA are seizing an opportunity to become stronger in the fight for every student’s right to receive an arts education by merging their organizations. This merger builds on a longstanding partnership and unites them in their shared mission to make sure that a quality arts education is part of every student’s life.
Operating together under the Create CA name, they will combine the power of Create CA’s dynamic communications and innovative data project with the Alliance’s proven policy and advocacy track record and statewide network supporting districts and counties to provide a full arts education to all students. They recognize that students who are low income and of color face the greatest barriers to a full and relevant arts education. Collectively, they will continue to fight for students to get what they need and deserve, because ultimately they know this is an equity issue.
By coming together, they’ll go farther faster in insisting that arts education is a student right. With the stakes higher than ever, we’re so excited about what they will do together. Read information about the merger of CREATE CA and California Alliance for Arts Education. Click HERE.
California Alliance for Arts Education host FREE webinar – Creating for Resilience: Indigenous Students in Education
May 5, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Join the California Alliance for Arts Education for an interactive webinar that will (re)contextualize the lived experience of many Indigenous students in the North-West Region of California public schools today. This virtual event will center the voices of Hupa, Karuk and Yurok Indigenous artists and educators working to understand and meet the needs of students by employing culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and arts-based practices.
Participants will engage in personal reflection and group discussion designed to advance their skills as an ally to and advocate for Indigenous students. We invite you to engage in the conversation in an artistic way so please come prepared with materials that support you in processing new ideas.
California Arts Council – Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez and Kathleen Gallegos Named Chair and Vice Chair of California Arts Council
SACRAMENTO, CA – With the passing of our friend and Chair Larry Baza in late February, the California Arts Council convened a brief public meeting to determine new leadership roles in a special election held Thursday, April 1. Council members elected Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez and Kathleen Gallegos to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the Council, respectively.
Gonzáles-Chávez, appointed to the Council by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2020, is Executive Director of the Fresno Arts Council and a longtime arts leader from the Central Valley. Her current term expires January 1, 2024.
Gallegos, a Los Angeles-based artist and photographer, was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in October of 2014 and reappointed in February 2018. Her current term expires January 1, 2022.
The positions take effect immediately.
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.
The California Arts Project (TCAP) – Professional Learning Opportunities & Resources
Until conditions change, all of TCAP’s professional learning programs, district-based programs, and statewide programs are being offered through online platforms. TCAP’s From a Distance programs provide support for teachers in teaching the arts in hybrid, face-to-face, or in distance learning formats, arts education professional learning communities, and to schools and districts improving or expanding their arts programs. The programs may bridge to face-to-face professional learning when conditions allow.
Arts Education Professional Learning Supports & Resources
CDE, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative, and TCAP partnered on a series of introductory webinars to the Arts Standards.
The webinars can be found on the Collaboration in Common website HERE.
On-Going FREE Webinar Series – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
– Black Theatre Initiative Webinar Series
– Latin Music Initiative Part 2
– Conversations with California Artists, Creatives, & Educators
– Regional and Statewide Network Communities of Practice
– From a Distance: School/District-based Customized Professional Learning
– 2021 Summer of Studios
Instagram – www.instagram.com/Tcapcalifornia
Twitter – www.twitter.com/tcapcalifornia
For TCAP’s programs’ webinar registration links and additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For TCAP’s Professional Learning Programs and Customized Programs/Support email Armalyn De La O, email@example.com, TCAP Statewide Inservice Coordinator.
Executive Director: Kristine Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org
California Department of Education – New Equity Bill to Level the Educational Playing Field Advances with Bipartisan Senate Education Committee Support
SACRAMENTO—New legislation designed to lift up some of the lowest-performing school districts in California—sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and authored by Senator Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara)—received bipartisan approval from the California State Senate Committee on Education today, providing a pathway to help close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color.
Senate Bill (SB) 540, which heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee to be heard later this month, will establish a grant program to provide additional targeted assistance to 10 low-performing school districts with identified opportunity gaps for students of color.
To read more, CLICK HERE.
California Educators Together – California’s Educator Community of Practice
California Educators Together is a community of practice designed to provide educators, administrators, specialists, and state program leads a common space to communicate, share strategies, and access resources and guidance from one another and top providers.
California educators join to access thousands of free learning resources, while also engaging in statewide subject and grade level cohorts where peers are sharing their best instructional strategies and learning models from classrooms across the state.
California leadership teams join to help coordinate staff and programs, while gaining access to direct California Department of Education outreach on initiatives, resources, and supports aimed at helping districts, schools, and communities.
The California Educators Together platform is brought to you by a collaboration between the California Department of Education and the CDE Foundation.
The Arts Statewide Group is open to classroom teachers, grade level cohorts, content coordinators, and instructional leaders to exchange ideas and resources focused on topics related to this unique subject-area.
Browse for Pre-K to 12th Grade Dance, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts, AME and Arts Integration resources in each of the collections below.
California Student Media Festival 2021
May 22, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Now in its 55th year, the California Student Media Festival (CSMF) is our nation’s oldest student media festival. Over the past twenty-five years, the California Student Media Festival has awarded more than $145,000 to California Schools. It has expanded to include the work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across the state. The Festival exists to celebrate the amazing media and multimedia projects produced by California’s students and teachers — rewarding and acknowledging their successful classroom work at an awards event in June every year.
CSMF WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO
#CreativityIsNotOptional and #ArtsEd Rebuilds
We’re highlighting the importance of arts education in social-emotional learning and for a joyful in person school re-entry this May. We need your help to showcase the power arts education has in this moment and the future. We created five social media posts focused on how arts education helps students mental health and social-emotional well-being with proposed copy for you to share on your organization’s social media accounts.
Share these posts using the hashtags #CreativityIsNotOptional and #ArtsEdRebuilds, and encourage your community to do the same! For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Let’s teach people that #CreativityIsNotOptional and that #ArtsEdRebuilds!
Information from the First Annual Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Coalition Meeting
- All news and updates
- For Teachers
- Design, Visual & Medial Arts
- Performing Arts
- Production & Managerial Arts
- Game Design & Integration
See the full slideshow from the First Annual Arts, Media, and Entertainment Coalition Meeting and learn about AME sponsors, upcoming events, and opportunities for AME teachers. Click HERE to see the slides!
KQED Youth Media Challenges
Get your students podcasting, creating videos, or designing solutions to real-world problems during second semester with KQED’s Youth Media Challenges. Each YMC includes curriculum resources to support self-directed learning while allowing for student choice and content alignment. This is a challenge, not a contest, aligned to CTE anchor standards. Be ready for the launch of our student showcase site this spring where every participating student can share their voice.
Click on the image to view the video!
Click HERE to learn more, preview curriculum, and sign up.
2021 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Virtual Gathering
This September 14 and 15, 2021, AEP invites you join to our second ever Virtual Gathering. While we are eager to convene in person, we have decided to host our annual event virtually given continued uncertainty and safety concerns. We are looking forward to seeing you online! Arts and education leaders from across the nation will convene virtually on Sept. 14-15 to explore solutions aimed at ensuring all learners day event that features keynote speakers, panel discussions, concurrent sessions and online networking opportunities. We believe that all art forms are important, and all educators are important whether learning takes place in schools or communities. The gathering is a place to share the best of what’s happening across the country in all learning spaces.
To read more about the virtual gathering, click HERE.
To learn more information about AEP’s call for proposals to present click HERE.
Kennedy Center Very Special Arts Webinar Series
The VSA Webinar Series is a free resource that supports arts learning for students with disabilities. Whether you are an experienced arts teacher or a special educator looking for arts-based tools to engage your students, you will find content that develops new skills, pushes your practice, and offers practical tools you can use immediately. Webinars are offered in two formats, one-hour lectures and 15-minute lightning talks, and with more than 12 webinars on diverse topics to choose from, it is easy to fit these into your schedule. Past webinars are also available in an easy-to-access online archive, so you can watch at your convenience.
To learn about the program and resources, CLICK HERE.
National Arts Education Association – Getting Started with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The 2020-21 school year finds us experiencing many challenges simultaneously, from the effects and limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, budgetary constraints, and woes to ongoing, increasing racial tension and unrest. As an educator, you are likely seeking resources, experts, supportive peers, and guidance in navigating these multiple realities. Each individual is on a unique learning journey toward an increased understanding of the role of equity, diversity, and inclusion in their community and educational setting. Our positionality – shaped by past and present experiences, social identities, and many other dynamics – contributes to understanding ourselves and how we understand others. knowledge from policy experts at Americans for the Arts. Regardless of where you fall on the continuum or cycle of learning, each of us make take steps toward increased growth and understanding to serve our diverse learners best and create inclusive learning environments.
Click HERE for the Getting Started with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and/or Read more about NAEA HERE.
International Thespian Festival
June 22-25, 2021
Join thousands of Thespians from around the globe for the ultimate summer celebration of school theatre! The Virtual International Thespian Festival brings together the best performances, top teaching artists, and premier colleges and universities for a community-centered experience like no other. Plus, with daily surprises and special Broadway and Hollywood celebrity appearances, you never know who might stop by.
MORE INFORMATION HERE
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) – Leading the Fight for Music Education
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) advocates at the federal, state, and local levels to educate elected officials and other key decision makers about the impact and importance of music education programs. Representing music educators, students, and advocates, NAfME is dedicated to ensuring the access, presence, and perseverance of quality music programs operated by certified music educators, for all students across the nation, regardless of circumstance. Through active advocacy and collaboration, we are changing the national conversation about music’s role in delivering an outstanding well-rounded education to all students.
Want to advocate for music, but don’t know where to begin? Visit the What You Can Do page for an overview of our advocacy resources.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
UPDATE – Please note that events listed below are currently open for registration and that event organizers continue to monitor current federal and state health guidelines.
May 3 and May 24, 2021
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Music that Unifies: Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music (2 Day Event)
Presented by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and San Diego County Office of Education
May 5, 2021
Creating for Resilience: Indigenous Students in Education
Presented by California Alliance for Arts Education
May 5, 2021 – SAVE THE DATE
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A Whole Child Approach to the AB86 Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant
Presented by California Department of Education (CDE), California AfterSchool Network (CAN), and California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE).
May 11, 2021
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Educational Equity Series: The Power of Community, Relationship, and Student Voice
Presented by Santa Cruz County Office of Education
May 22, 2021
California Student Media Festival (CSMF)
FREE to Enter and FREE to Attend
Entry Window: January 31-May 7, 2021
June 1, 2021
AFine Arts Spectacular – Online Gallery Opens
Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education
June 21-22, 2021
Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute
Presented by the Mono County Office of Education & Mono Arts Council