April 2022 – CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

Be sure to scroll down to read what is happening in representative counties across the state as well as news from our partners.

In 2019, Arts, Culture and Creativity Month was declared by the California Senate in a
concurrent resolution to be held every April to recognize and celebrate the arts in California.

Student Art Exhibit Featured at CABE 2022 Online Conference

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District to coordinate an online art exhibit featuring California students (grades TK-12) for the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Online Conference taking place this week (March 29-April 2, 2022). The beautiful collection of artwork represents students from 47 schools in 32 school districts throughout 13 counties. Sarah Anderberg served as Honorary Chair and Jessie Mapes served on the CABE 2022 Conference Planning Committee and created the final slideshow presentation linked below on YouTube. Congratulations to all the county office leaders who were featured in the CABE 2022 Conference!


California Arts Education Framework Resources

New resources have been added to the California Arts Education Framework web site which include videos from the March 1, 2022, virtual launch of the California Arts Education Framework. You will find a recording of the entire Arts Education Framework virtual launch and three separate video excerpts focused on key content covered during the virtual launch. Also, look for newly added infographics and PPTs that you can use and customize for your professional learning purposes. Click here to explore.

For reference, the hub web site for the CA Arts Education Framework Resources for Implementation is linked here.

Look for more resources and professional learning opportunities in the upcoming months! We hope you will continue to envision new learning possibilities for our students as you learn more about the CA Arts Education Framework.

Creativity and Leadership Resources

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative is building a library of resources on creativity and leadership for county offices of education. The library currently hosts ten “Creativity Research Briefs” which are one-pagers, each highlighting a key concept from the body of research on creativity. The “Research Briefs” focus on topics such as “Motivation and Creativity,” ” A Bias Towards Action,” and “Everyone Can Be Creative,” among others. Each Research Brief includes a brief description, reflection prompts, and suggestions for further reading. You can access the research briefs here:


Additionally, five “Creative Leadership Briefs” were developed for use by county offices of education focusing on leading creatively. These include topics such as “Fail First,” “Brainstorming,” and “Building Dynamic, Creative Teams,” among others. Stay tuned as we continue to build out a library of bite-sized resources for use by the field in presentations, documents, and professional learning opportunities. Special thanks to Dr. Gary Waddell who has been spearheading this effort. You can access the Creative Leadership Briefs here:

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

Making the Data Dance: The Power of Story Wrapping it up for Systems Change

The 4th and final session of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN) professional learning sessions will be on April 29th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. The focus of the session will be: Making the Data Dance: Wrapping it up for Systems Change.

Our guest presenter is Patti Saraniero, Moxie Research and our County Spotlight speakers include Pauline Crooks, San Diego COE, Amy Bultena, Stanislaus COE, and Rebecca Bailey, Mendocino COE.

April 29, 2022 – from 9:00-11:00 AM
Target Audience – County Office Arts Leaders

Registration is linked here.  
CRAN Professional Learning Series flier is linked here.
Click here to download the flyer for April 29th.

Professional Learning Series – Visual Arts in Connection with History Social Science Lesson Study

Creativity at the Core Module 24: Teaching Visual Arts in Connection with History/Social Studies, Grades K-12.

Middle School and High School History Social Science teachers, join this abbreviated lesson study to receive:

  • Arts integrated lessons (early Egypt, industrialization, and modern China)
  • Time to collaborate with grade alike teachers
  • Visual arts coaching support and professional development

6th & 8th Grade Teachers
April 5, 2022 (3:30-5:00 PM) & May 3, 2022 (3:30-4:30 PM)

10th Grade Teachers
April 12, 2022 (3:30-5:00 PM) & May 5, 2022 (3:30-4:30 PM)

Presented by the Butte, Glenn, and Stanislaus County Offices of Education, in partnership with the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative.

Please register if you can commit to both sessions and agree to teach the lesson provided between April and May, registration is linked here. View/download event flyer linked here.

Questions? Contact Kendra Tyler at ktyler@glenncoe.org.

CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Online Modules

To access the suite of resources developed by county office of education leaders and partners, click here .

To view/download a brochure of CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core online modules developed for educators, Click here.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads
(Last Updated 4.11.22) 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 https://bit.ly/CaArtsEdChat2022


Statement on Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in Schools

Last week, the California Department of Public Health announced that the student vaccine mandate will be delayed until, no sooner than July 1, 2023. This announcement comes as the FDA has not yet fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals of all ages within the 7-12 grade span. The Governor’s Administration was waiting for the FDA approval before engaging members of the public in the rulemaking process for adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccines for public school students. The full announcement delaying the mandatory start of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found linked here.

It was also announced that SB 871 (Pan) will not proceed. SB 871 would have added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required immunizations for public school students. You can read Dr. Pan’s full statement here.

Kathryn Lynch

It is with sadness educational leaders say goodbye to Kathryn Lynch, of Lynch and Associates, who passed away on Friday, March 25. Kathryn was a champion for many educational initiatives and worked with arts education leaders for years to advocate for equitable access for arts learning in CA schools. To read her obituary, click here.



Alameda County Office of Education


ACOE Student Art Showcase

Alameda County Office of Education is hosting a virtual art showcase for grades
PK-12 spanning all five disciplines (visual art, media arts, music, dance, theatre).

Our communities in Alameda County are filled with a range of diverse cultures, languages, and identities.  Students are invited to explore that diversity, and demonstrate how it speaks to them and the world around us through the arts.  Students can submit artwork from the 2021-22 school year that fits this theme, and explained in their artist statement.

View/download event flier linked here (in English and Spanish)

Los Angeles County Office of Education

The Very Special Arts Festival at The Music Center

The Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival is an annual free, inclusive event celebrating the artistic achievements of students with all abilities scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2022 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The festival features student and professional performances, visual and performing arts workshops and a student art exhibit created around a theme that is introduced to the students each year. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is open to all grade levels.

For the first time in 2022, the Festival will expand to two days with the second day, Saturday, April 30, 2022, open to the entire community. Families and children of all abilities will enjoy a number of free performances and art-making activities and will have access to educational resources.

Visit website linked here.
View/download event flier linked here.  

Little Kids Rock LACHSA!

These hands-on courses focus on how to implement modern band in typical classrooms with large numbers of students and diverse needs. Topics include using modern band charts, teaching multiple instruments simultaneously, and intermediate musical skill building, including a special focus on composition and improvisation. Participants will learn to use current popular hits to incorporate important musical skills such as active listening, ear training, scaffolding, approximation, and arranging for modern band. Ideal for educators in K-12 education!

Modern Band 101 – Saturday, April 23, 2022
This hands-on course serves as an introduction to modern band and the Music as a Second Language® pedagogy. This course covers the basic core values of Little Kids Rock: how we teach music-making, improvisation, and composition by getting our students into a comfort zone using student-centered instruction, approximation, and scaffolding. Participants are introduced to the instruments of modern band: guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, bass, and technology, and learn basic playing skills and pedagogy for each. Participants will also use their new musical skills to compose and perform an original song in a collaborative setting.

View/download Modern Band 101 event flier linked here.
Registration is linked here.

Modern Band 102 – Saturday, May 21, 2022
This hands-on course focuses on how to implement modern band in typical classrooms with large numbers of students and diverse needs. Topics include using modern band charts, teaching multiple instruments simultaneously, and intermediate musical skill building, including a special focus on composition and improvisation. Participants will learn to use current popular hits to incorporate important musical skills such as active listening, ear training, scaffolding, approximation, and arranging for modern band.

View/download Modern Band 102 event flier linked here.
Registration is linked here.

Marin County Office of Education

May Mental Health Month Youth Art Showcase

Calling All Students! In honor of May Mental Health Month, the Suicide Prevention Collaboration Youth Action Team, in collaboration with Health and Human Services and Cultural Services, is hosting an art and film showcase surrounding mental health and suicide prevention. The goal of this event, to be held on May 12th at Marin County Office of Education, is to increase awareness and conversations around mental health and well-being within Marin through sharing youth art and perspective.

We will be accepting digital submissions on the website through Monday, May 9th. To be featured on the website showcase and at the May 12th event, read the guidelines below and submit your art using this form. Art can also be dropped off at specified location — more information available on the submission form.

Mono County Office of Education

CESSAI (Create Eastern Sierra Spring Arts Institute)
April 29-30, 2022
CESSAI 2022: Coming Home to the Arts and SEL

Please join Mono Arts Council, Mono County Office of Education, and Inyo County Office of Education for an inspiring, joyful day of fun and interactive arts integration and social emotional learning workshops, along with a special Art & Wine networking evening! 

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. 

This is NOT your typical Professional Learning opportunity! Be prepared for a day to relax, unwind, dance, laugh and enjoy your own creativity!

Every participant will walk away feeling refreshed with ready-to-use lesson plans, a special spa-themed gift, and SWAG! 

This fun-filled event is FREE for all Mono and Inyo County Teachers. Don’t miss out. Sign up today, registration is linked here!

Riverside County Office of Education

Frida Kahlo – A Children’s Literature and Art Making Workshop

RCOE Arts Administrator Louisa Higgins and S.C.R.A.P. Gallery Executive Director Karen Riley will present a Children’s Literature and Art Making workshop on Frida Kahlo basked on the book Frida by Jonah Winter. During the presentation, we will be covering the life and artwork of Frida Kahlo, then doing a close read of the book, followed by an art making activity. Art materials will be mailed in advance, and attendees jut need to have scissors and a hot glue gun on hand.

For additional information, please contact: Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at lhiggins@rcoe.us.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

FREE registration is linked here.
View/download even flier linked here.

Santa Barbara County Office of Education

Children’s Creative Project and Santa Barbara County Education Office are excited to announce the return of I Madonnari in person this year.  I Madonnari is the annual fundraiser and street painting festival that takes place at the Santa Barbara Mission.  All proceeds benefit Children’s Creative Project to support artist in residency programs for schools TK-12 throughout Santa Barbara County.  This year, CCP is excited to partner with “The Art of Mass Gatherings,” to host a free experiential learning series for artists and event producers. 

View/download event flyer here.

Santa Clara County Office of Education


Young Artist Showcase Virtual Celebration

May 19, 2022 at 4:00 PM

We will be having the virtual Young Artist Showcase Celebration on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The student artists and their families, as well as their teachers, principals, and district superintendents, are invited to attend this momentous occasion as we recognize each student artist. You may check out past year’s photos here.

Please RSVP before May 17th – Registration is linked here.

2022 Summer Arts Integration InstituteNow Accepting Applications!

June 20-23, 2022

The Arts leads in four county offices of education – Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey – are collaborating to bring an exciting 4-day conference dedicated to teaching educator strategies to incorporate arts learning into the curriculum in their classrooms!

The theme is ‘Connection’. The mission of the conference is to provide standards-based, culturally responsive learning in arts immersion and arts integration so that students have equitable access to arts education and the opportunity to develop their voice and & empower leadership; creativity; equity lens; social and emotional wellness; and connectedness.

K-12 Teachers and teaching artists are welcome to apply! You will:

  • Share and inspire best practices for CA standards-based arts integration AND integrated learning between content areas
  • Explore creativity and its role in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM) and the language arts
  • Show the connections between arts education and the LCAP goals including, but not limited to, school climate and culture; student engagement; social-emotional wellness and learning; equity and the Social Justice Standards
  • Provide models for both immersive arts experiences and arts integration

Registration is linked here

San Benito, Monterey, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz County Offices of Education

Hello Creative Artists, Teachers, Administrators! – We wanted to reach out and let you know about our annual Summer Arts Integration Institute. It is happening June 20-23 from 10:00-3:00 at either Harbor High School or Santa Cruz High School – in person. This is our 12th year and the Institute has now expanded to include all of Region V: Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties. 

You will be eligible to earn between 3-8 CEUs depending on your level of participation. Those who participate in the year-round Arts Integration Community of Practice can earn 8 CEUs. Please contact Audrey Sirota at asirota@santacruzcoe.org for any additional questions about the event. 

View/download event flier here.


Stay Informed of What’s Happening with our State Arts Teacher Associations

CMEA Spring Publication

Click here to read the Spring 2022 issue of the CMEA magazine.

California Educational Theatre Association

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Theatre Education Conference to be held in Los Angeles on September 28-October 2, 2022.

California Art Education Association (CAEA)

CAEA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall
Thursday, April 21
6:15 – 7:45 PM
Registration is linked here.

smART Day at CSUN

Join fellow art teachers and preservice art education students for a Saturday morning of critical thinking & hands-on learning for TK–12 classrooms.

Saturday, April 30
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
CSUN Art and Design Center
Cost: Free!
Parking: $8.00

Event flier is linked here and registration is linked here.
Registration is limited and closes April 25th.

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

TCAP’s Socially Engaged Arts Webinar Series: Speaking in Tongues: Storytelling and Social Change

April 27, 2022 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

This webinar features Al-An deSouza, Chair of the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, a California-based trans-media artist who works across different disciplines, including photography, digital media, text, performance, and pedagogy. deSouza’s work examines and restages colonizing legacies through strategies of humor, fabulation, and (mis)translation. deSouza has also authored two recent books and has had essays and fiction published in numerous journal, anthologies, and catalogues.

There is no charge for the webinar but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the webinar. Registration link.

2022 TCAP Regional Network Communities – May 18 & 19th – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

TCAP’s Arts Education Regional Network Communities serve to further equitable, standards-based arts education to promote students’ artistic literacy. This year, the Networks convene online quarterly K–post-secondary arts educators (dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and CTE AME). In these unprecedented times, forging new opportunities, the Networks provide a unique opportunity for teachers and administrators to connect, collaborate, exchange ideas, and stay informed of regional and statewide arts education issues.

To register for TCAP’s no cost Regional Networks, visit TCAP Regional Arts Education Networks or contact reach.tcap@gmail.com for more information.

  • Los Angeles Basin California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network – Serving Los Angeles County on May 18, 2022
  • RIMS California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network – Serving Riverside, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, and Kern Counties on May 18, 2022
  • Southern Counties California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network – Serving Orange, San Diego, and Imperial Counties on May 18, 2022
  • Bay Area and Central Valley California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network on May 19, 2022
  • Northern California Arts Project’s Arts Education Network on May 19, 2022

TCAP’s 14th Courageous Creativity Conference – July 6 – 8, 2022 – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa      

We are back in person! New month – New Disneyland Resort Location – Other Changes

Join us in this leadership conference to:

  • dig deeper into the new CA Arts Education Framework and Standards,
  • engage in critical conversations for arts education,
  • network with educators from across the state, and
  • experience arts & entertainment in action.

Registration will open soon. To receive registration information when it opens join the interest list.

TCAP’s Mini-Series for District and School Leaders: Implementing Effective Arts Education Mini-Series

The 2020 CA Arts Education Framework provides guidance for equitable and effective arts education programs and illuminates the importance of providing professional learning in arts education.  This TCAP two-part virtual mini-series will unpack Chapter 9 of the 2020 CA Arts Education Framework and engage arts education leaders and administrators in conversation and reflection.  Register for one or both episodes. There is no cost. Registration link.

April 28, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Episode 1, “Creating and Improving Programs to Ensure Equitable and Effective Arts Education,” will examine the conditions necessary and strategies for improving arts education through strategic program evaluation and planning. Hear from a panel of district leaders from small, medium, and large CA districts, sharing their journey toward equitable arts education and the impact of strategic planning in their districts. 

May 26, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Episode 2, “Leading to Ensure Professional Learning for Effective and Equitable Arts Education,” will explore the various professional learning needs of arts educators in different contexts as well as the leaders who guide them. Hear from a panel of district leaders from small, medium, and large CA districts, sharing their approaches and commitment to professional learning and the impact it has had on student learning.

Arts Education Resources on TCAP’s Website
The TCAP website  has useful arts education information and resources for teachers, administrators, and arts education advocates. Newly added to the  Arts Education Resources website tab is a collection of resources related to safe school opening and arts education. Visit often, as the collections are updated and expanding. 

The California Arts Project www.tcap.net
California Subject Matter Project – https://csmp.online
Facebook – The California Arts Project

Follow TCAP

California Arts Council

From San Francisco Chronicle Article on March 31, 2022

Jonathan Moscone, most recently the chief producer at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is the next director of the California Arts Council, succeeding Anne Bown-Crawford, who has held the role since 2018. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced his appointment Tuesday, March 29.

In the new role, which he starts at the end of April, Moscone will be the top arts official in the country’s most populous state, reporting to the governor and overseeing an annual budget of about $25 million to $30 million; last year’s one-time infusions of $60 million to the California Creative Corps and $40 million to youth arts initiatives; and an additional $30 million, which Newsom’s office proposed in January, that would go to the state’s 14 cultural districts. To read more, click here.

California Department of Education

2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now – Live in Burbank

Registration is open for the 2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now. We greatly appreciate your partnership, support, and efforts to promote this event within your network. We couldn’t pull this off without you!

Event details:

The 2022 AME Institute will be a virtual and live professional learning event designed to immerse AME teachers in the cutting edge of AME. Meet the individuals and technologies that are pushing the boundaries of media and storytelling for the creative industries.

AME Live in Burbank Institute

  • June 20, 21, and 22
  • Kick-off day on Warner Bros Studio Lot, Networking Events, and AME-exclusive Externships and Workshops
  • Location: in and around Burbank

2022 Institute flyer, is linked here.
Registration is linked here.

Create CA

April Create CA Social Media Toolkit

Making arts education in a priority in schools can lead students to successful careers in any field! Help us to fight for equitable, well-rounded arts education in schools to ensure that all students have the best options for their futures. 

Download the social media toolkit by clicking here (https://bit.ly/CreateCAAprilToolkit) and follow along through our social media channels as well as Create CA’s! 

Join the conversation, and talk about the issue in your community using the hashtags #VoteArtsandMinds #CreativityIsNotOptional and #ArtsEdRebuilds.
Check out CreateCA.org today to find resources for advocating for a full and relevant arts education!

Arts Now! Meet Ups

Join fellow Arts Education Advocates to connect, problem-solve, share successes, brainstorm strategies and hear updates from districts around the state. Join whenever you can, stay as long as you can. This space is for you!

May – December, 2022

View/download flier here.
View/Download event calendar with registration links here.

California State PTA

Congratulations to the California State PTA 2021-2022 Reflections Art Program award recipients! This year’s theme was “I Will Change The World By…”

We cannot wait to feature the artistic talents unleashed by California students who took part in this powerful program that brings art to life and draws focus to the importance of arts in education at California State PTA Convention 2022

We invite you to view the award-winning works of art on our website. We hope they inspire you to help make our world a better place for children and families.

Award of Excellence:

See which students received an Award of Merit

For additional information and questions about the Reflections Art Program, please email reflections@capta.org.

Luna Dance – Professional Learning Sessions for Educators

Professional Learning sessions for educators (PreK/TK/K)

April 23, 2022: Dance and the Preschool Learning Foundations: Math

County wide Art Educator Network – efforts are in progress to restore this network for local art and music educators

Learn MORE and/or register here.

Activating Our Students’ Multilingual/Multicultural Repertoires: Intersections of Language, Race, & Power

Activating Our Students’ Multilingual/Multicultural Repertoires: Intersections of Language, Race, & Power

We invite Central Valley educators to join us for a day of learning, collaborating, networking, and celebrating as we explore the intersection of Language, Race, & Power in the lives and schooling of our stuents and how activating their multilingual reertoires can open the door to the possibility, promise, and potential of success in and beyond the classroom.

This upcoming one-day conference on Saturday, April 30th, hosted by META, our local CABE chapter, in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, the California World Language Project, and the Central Valley Dual Language Consortium.

Space is Limited, registration is linked here.
View/download conference flier here.


2022 AEP Annual Convening

September 13-15, 2022 in Baltimore

Make plans to attend the AEP National Convening in September. Look for more information to come. More information is linked here.

AEP is excited to share our call for concurrent session proposals for the AEP Annual Convening! To be held on Sept. 14-15, this year’s event serves as an opportunity to gather in person to explore the best of what is happening in arts education across the country. From keynote remarks to engaging concurrent sessions, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to advance your work while building stronger connections in the arts education community. The call for proposals deadline is May 20, 5 p.m. PDT. 

Are you interested in how to craft a strong proposal? AEP Director Jamie Kasper and AEP Senior Project Manager Mary Dell’Erba will host a concurrent session design workshop virtually on April 28, 2-3 p.m. EDT. They will share tips on crafting a competitive concurrent session proposal for this year’s Annual Convening. At the end of the session, participants can ask additional questions about the proposal process. 
Click here to register for this session! 

New Podcast and Blog: Why Media Arts Education Matters in the 21st Century

Check out more episodes of the Arts ARE Education “Talk It Up” Podcast, where we talk to the national and state leaders who are building equitable access to the arts for all students, podcast linked here.

In Episode 7, Part 1, of the “Talk It Up” Podcast, host Jim Palmarini talks about Media Arts with Dain Olsen, Media Arts Instructor at Los Angeles Unified School District, Julissa Aguilar, Film Student at Lycoming College, and Gayle Nichollali, Adjunct Professor at Pacific Oaks College. Watch here.

And in an ARE Blog Post, Why Media Arts Education MattersDain Olsen explains why media arts literacies are essential for students’ successful functioning in college, career, and life in general, including becoming informed and active citizens in our digitally democratic society. Read here.

New Video Podcast – How to Integrate the Arts, Reading with Purpose: Creating Monologues in the Classroom

In this video podcast, we will explore how monologues will help your students read with a purpose. Setting a purpose for reading keeps students focused and engaged while also giving them a sense of ownership in what they are learning. Join us as we break down the benefits of using monologues in the classroom and how to create them by utilizing primary sources and multiple text sets to draw in diverse perspectives.​​​​​​​

Register to view the recorded video podcasts linked here. DURATION: 30 MINUTES

Dr. Lisa Donovan and her co-authors have re-released the Integrating the Arts series of books from Shell Education. The second edition is full of expanded strategy ideas and new student work samples.

Lisa and her colleague, Dr. Jenn Bogard, have shared a blog post that also comes with student examples. 

Are you looking for ways to boost student engagement in language arts? Do you need help providing students with a purpose for reading? The arts offer powerful ways to spark curiosity, increase cultural relevance, improve classroom culture, and strengthen student achievement. 

U.S. Department of Education – Nationwide Call for Student Performing Artists

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking student performing artists (such as bands/marching bands, choirs, color guards, dancers, drumlines, poets/spoken word artists, soloists, theatrical performers) currently enrolled in institutions of elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education or accredited trade schools, who exemplify resilience, diversity, and excellence and are interested in showcasing their talent, virtually or in-person, at internal and external Department-hosted events, as well as awards and recognition ceremonies, and professional development trainings that support the Department’s programs, priorities, and initiatives and social media campaigns. No formal training or experience is necessary. 

This is an opportunity for student performers to showcase their talent and gain exposure to an appreciative audience invested in education and student success.

To share talent with us, please complete the submission form which will include instructions on how to provide us with a demonstration of your talent and other pertinent requirements.

Past Performance Examples

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete your submission and/or answer any related questions, please email studentart@ed.gov.   


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.


April 23, 2022
Los Angeles County Modern Band 101
Presented by Little Kids Rock
Registration is linked here.

April 29-30, 2022
Create Eastern Sierra Spring Arts Institute
Presented by the Mono County Office of Education and Mono Arts Council
Registration for teachers in Inyo and Mono Counties is linked here.

April 30, 2022
Activating Our Students’ Multilingual/Multicultural Repertoires: Intersections of Language, Race & Power
Hosted META (local CABE chapter) in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Office of education, the California World Language Project, and the Central Valley Dual Language Consortium
Registration is linked here.


May 11, 2022
Frida Kahlo
Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education and S.C.R.A.P.
Registration is linked here.

May 19, 2022Young Artist Showcase Virtual Celebration
Hosted by Artspirtion, the arts initiative for the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Registration is linked here.

May 21, 2022
Los Angeles County Modern Band 102*
Presented by Little Kids Rock
*Pre-Requisite: MUST take Modern Band 101 prior to taking Modern Band 102
Registration is linked here.


June 20-22, 2022 (Live in Burbank)
2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now
Register is linked here.

June 20-23, 2022
Summer Arts Integration Institute
In partnership: Santa Cruz COE, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Santa Clara COE, SV Creates, San Benito COE, Arts Council San Benito, Monterey COE, and Arts Council Monterey
Register is linked here.

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