January 2021 Arts Initiative Newsletter
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Inside this Issue
- CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News
- County Programs
- State Highlights
- National Highights
- Upcoming Events and Convenings
CCSESA STATEWIDE ARTS INITIATIVE NEWS
The Art of Everything Leadership Conversations A five-part Series
REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO JANUARY 22nd!
Please contact Jessie Mapes at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
On January 15, 2021, CCSESA Arts Initiative partnered with CREATE CA to launch the first session in a series of five, focused on the book written by Dr. Gary Waddell, The Art of Everything Leading for “WE” in the Age of “ME.“
Join us on February 19th at 9:30 a.m. to participate in the second session of this interactive series focused on key elements of leadership. We encourage you to invite leaders to join us in this important opportunity. Course credit will be available through CSU San Marcos.
Rural Arts Education Webinar: Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times
Mark your calendars for February 5, 2021
9:30-11:30 a.m. PST
12:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Gain greater understanding of the rural context by engaging with national experts, Dr. Lisa Donovan, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Clayton W. Lord, Americans for the Arts. Also presenting is Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies, Erica Barreto, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; and Hector Marquez, Pulse Arts, Inc.
Learn a strategic mapping process created by Americans for the Arts; Engage in interactive processes and network with other leaders from across the country; Gain greater understanding of the rural context by engaging in a national conversation; Consider perspectives from next generation leaders; and walk away with a map for shaping strategies.
CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)
On December 8, the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative held the 3rd meeting of the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN). Building on the success of the 2019-20 Rural County Arts Cohort, we have been working to expand access by creating the CCSESA Rural Arts Network. 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. If you haven’t yet joined the network, we invite you to attend our next meeting on January 26, 2021 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Special guests will be Emiliano Valdez (Montery COE) and Sofia Fojas (Santa Clara COE) who in Region 5 have been working on updating Creativity at the Core Module 5 which supports culturally relevant arts learning. Let’s learn together through a network of support!
Click HERE to read the initial announcement regarding the CCSESA Rural Arts Network.
MEETING RSVP HERE
Upcoming Meeting Dates: Please change to Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Feb 23, 2021 * Mar 23, 2021 * Apr 27, 2021
Music that Unifies: Developing Empathy and Understanding Through World Music (CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Module 19)
Mar 8, 3:40 PM – 4:00 PM Day 1
Mar 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Day 2
Join us for this pair of interactive sessions designed to utilize the power of music to broaden a student’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 by introducing students to the music that is part of their daily lives, rituals, and celebrations, while also introducing and reinforcing key music standards.
This series will pair a short 20–30-minute 6session one week with a more in-depth hour long discussion the following week.
Materials and resources have been adapted for virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning.
For questions or more information, contact Aaron Bryan (email@example.com) or Pauline Crooks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CCSESA Creativity at the Core Modules
CCSESA is pleased to announce the launch of Creativity at the Core Module 22: California Arts Standards for Public Schools: Resources for Learning & Implementation developed by San Diego County Office of Education and Santa Clara County Office of Education. This Module provides educators with an overall understanding of the California Arts Standards structure and purpose as well as the opportunity to study one or more arts disciplines. Hats off to Pauline Crooks (San Diego), Sofia Fojas (Santa Clara) and Jeannine Flores (formerly from Santa Clara and now at LACOE).
Counties on the Move Spotlight in Region 7 – Explore Arts Programs in Central 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 7:
Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties here.
Meet the Region 7 Arts Leads, who work to strengthen arts learning for all students. Aaron Bryan, Fresno; Elizabeth Norris, Kings; Susan Pennell, Madera; Cara Goger, Mariposa; Noelle Chandler, Merced; and Kate Stover, Tulare.
Regional Arts Co-Leads: Aaron Bryan, Fresno and Kate Stover, Tulare
CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads
To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads – CLICK HERE
Teacher as Curator – New Book Release
Teacher as Curator
Sarah Anderberg (CCSESA) and Lisa Donovan (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) were pleased that their recent book Teacher as Curator was released by Teachers College Press. The book provides a roadmap for using creative strategies to engage both educators and students in the learning process. Focusing on key qualities of culturally and linguistically responsive arts learning, chapters specifically demonstrate how arts integration strategies and formative assessment can be a catalyst for change in the classroom. Readers will be inspired by teachers and practitioners who have donned the role of curator to achieve significant results. Kindergarten–college educators will find research-based protocols and practices that they can translate into any educational setting. In digestible chapters, this resource provides a theoretical base for building artistic literacy into the curriculum and for developing multimodal opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of content.
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.
San Mateo County Office of Education – 3rd Annual Art Institute
Save the Date! San Mateo County Office of Education’s 3rd Annual Art Institute is Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 9-4. This virtual statewide professional development opportunity will be rich with opportunities to practice creativity and its connections to the vital racial equity and inclusion work we all are leading for in this trying time. This institute is open to all teachers and admin K-12 and will include presenters from Stanford Live, Young Audiences of Northern CA, KQED, and The San Mateo County Arts Commission (guest presenter from Alabama – the quilters of Gee’s Bend). The workshops will highlight key topics for student engagement including all 5 arts disciplines, diversity, equity & inclusion, SEL, and Distance Learning. We are very excited about this day! Please save the date! Please share with colleagues! Join us!
LEARN MORE HERE
Humboldt County Office of Education – Creative Action Symposium 2021
Humboldt County is providing the professional development to region 1 teachers, teaching artists, coordinators and administrators for the Arts & Creativity Initiative. More than 100 educators will participate in 6 hours of training in January. Humboldt is also preparing the Regional Arts Forum: Creative Education Symposium- Connecting the Arts to SEL, April 3. Registration is open
Keynote speakers are: Ping Ho, Jonathan Juravich, and Stuart Stotts. This virtual symposium will include breakout sessions to strengthen empathy and resilience in schools.
Santa Clara County Office of Education – Two Communities of Practice
Through the Artspiration Community of Practice, we will engage with each other around specific topics impacting our lives to improve teaching and learning in a virtual world.
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!
Riverside County Office of Education – Virtual Solo Music Festival – Voice
The Riverside County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts program will be hosting the
Riverside County high school vocal and choral music students are invited to participate in the festival by submitting a video featuring their performance of a song of their choosing. Please see the Submission Requirements – Voice for submission/performance parameters, as well as performance tips and suggestions. Only submissions uploaded through the RCOE Solo Festival Video Submission Portal will be accepted. Each performance will be adjudicated by a panel of music specialists. Students will receive individual feedback on their performance, as well as a commemorative patch and Certificate of Recognition from the Riverside County Office of Education.
For more information, contact Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at email@example.com.
Voice & Virtual Solo Music Festival
Due to the current restrictions on group gatherings for 2020-2021, the Riverside County Visual and Performing Arts program will be hosting the Virtual Solo Music Festival.
Riverside County high school instrumental music students (winds, strings, percussionists) are invited to participate in the festival by submitting a video featuring their performance of a solo, etude, or concerti of their choosing (accompaniment is not mandatory).
Please see the Submission Requirements for submission/performance parameters concerning performance programming, as well as performance tips and suggestions. Only submissions uploaded through the RCOE Solo Festival Video Submission Portal will be accepted.
Each performance will be adjudicated by instrument group by the adjudication panel. Students will receive individual feedback on their performance, as well as a commemorative patch and Certificate of Recognition from the Riverside County Office of Education. Additionally, festival participants will have the opportunity to partake in a series of music clinics, curated and hosted by each festival adjudicator (time/date to be announced)
For more information, contact Louisa Higgins, Administrator, Visual and Performing Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ventura County Office of Education – TCAP From a Distance: Professional Learning in Visual Arts for TK-5 Educators
February 1 & 22, 2021
Co-presented by the Ventura County Office of Education and The California Arts Project (TCAP). Educators will be introduced to beginning visual arts concepts and techniques through synchronous studio exercises. In asynchronous sessions, educators will be introduced to the new CA Visual Arts Standards and have the opportunity to create a classroom application in visual arts.
The California Arts Project (TCAP) – From a Distance Professional Learning Upcoming Fall Offerings
TCAP’s Arts Education From a Distance Professional Learning
In response to the current conditions, TCAP network has shifted to the use of online formats for programs and services. TCAP’s From a Distance professional learning programs provide support for teachers in teaching the arts in hybrid, face-to-face, or in distance learning formats. TCAP provides customized school or district or regional support for arts education professional learning communities, discipline-specific standards aligned professional learning programs, and technical assistance to assess, improve, or expand existing arts education programs. Arts educators in mixed or discipline specific TCAP communities of practice, regional and statewide, engage in professional conversations relating to the successes and challenges of shifting to distance teaching, sharing resources, and approaches.
All TCAP programs and services are grounded in the new arts education standards and framework and promote equity and inclusion of all students in arts learning. TCAP launched a new website in January 2021 that provides additional and updated information. The California Arts Project (TCAP) https://tcap.net
For more information on TCAP’s programs or services please email email@example.com.
Click HERE to read about the many offerings of TCAP
California Department of Education – Exemplary Arts
Exemplary Arts Application for grades 7-12 is now live: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/ea/
This program recognizes some of California’s exemplary schools for excellence in Arts Education. Schools selected for the Exemplary Arts Education Award demonstrate broad-based achievement in Arts instruction and for advancing the Arts for all students.
The California Department of Education Exemplary Arts Awards were just announced for grades 7-12 and here is the link: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/ea/
California Department of Education – Update from the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources (CFIR) Division
California Education Code (EC) sections 60200 and 60212 authorize the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt instructional materials for kindergarten and grades one through eight, inclusive, in arts education and to charge publishers a fee for their participation in that adoption. California Code of Regulations, Title 5(5 CCR), Section 9512(a) requires that the SBE appoint Instructional Materials Reviewers (IMRs) and Content Review Experts (CREs) to serve as advisors to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) and the SBE in the review of instructional materials submitted for adoption. On January 13, SBE took action to appoint IMRs and CREs for the Arts Education Instructional Materials adoption. More information about the adoption is available at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/im/. To see the full list of recommended IMRs and CREs, please see Item 10: The 2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption: Appointment of Reviewers on the SBE Website. Kyle Petty is the contact for the adoption firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CFIR Division appreciates all who helped get the word out for this opportunity to support arts education in California and all those who will serve as reviewers.
California Department of Education – Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) News, Update, and Events
The new AME website has launched a News, Updates and Events page and there are weekly opportunities posted for secondary arts and AME programs. Also check out the events calendar HERE. Please email any arts related professional development or student event to email@example.com and we will post on the calendar. Also, please join the email list at the bottom of the page HERE for exciting news and opportunities.
Get excited for Pivot, a professional learning event for Secondary Arts and AME teachers! Pivot will showcase the inspiring, new ways teachers have learned to connect, present content, facilitate collaboration, and strengthen programs in a Covid impacted school year.
Registration for Pivot will get you access to a year of great content with monthly sessions focused on instructional resources for Secondary Arts and AME teachers. Get your colleagues on board, too; we offer a 20% discount for districts who register 10 or more teachers. Click here to learn more and to register for Pivot now. Want to earn university credit? Cal State San Marcos is offering 2 credits for $199 for those who attend all 9 CA-AME-EO events.
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)
For teens who love to create, the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Summer Animation Program application is now live for Summer 2021! The Animation Program provides students with a unique opportunity to experience a broad range of possibilities within the world of animation. From fine art to digital animation, this program encourages students to explore their potentials, and bring movement to their artwork through an intense and rigorous curriculum. CSSSA is committed to running a robust program this summer, either in-person or virtual, as State and LA County restrictions allow.
Click here to visit the CSSSA website, view the application instructions, and apply online today.
UCLA’s FREE HOPE
UCLA’s free HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) Series supports the resilience of our global community with an emphasis on child development and wellness through social emotional arts during this unprecedented time. HOPE enhances the innate social-emotional benefits of the arts with supportive practices, such as non-judgmental language and reflection, for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment.
Click here to learn more about the HOPE sessions.
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 here to learn more, preview curriculum, and sign up.
2021 California Student Media Festival
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.
May 22, 2021 2:00-4:00 p.m. CSMF WEBSITE
CREATE CA – Create Change
Create CA and the California Alliance for Arts Education have completed merger negotiation talks and a vote will take place by February 1st which will determine next steps.
The Public Will Campaign will be pivoting to the newly elected school board members over the next six months where all messaging will be designed to protect the gains we have made and continue to move forward. We will be sharing short videos in the next two months to highlight the resources available for this work, who should use them and when to use them.
New webpage: https://createca.org/create-change/
New Data should be received from CDE in March/April of 2021.
NEW PROJECT: A Collaborative effort with LA County Arts Commission and in close communication with CDE. Explore the Gladeo Platform for creative careers that will include internship opportunities, Higher ed programs, videos of diverse professionals in those jobs and a quiz that students can take to determine their interests. See this example for an Art Director and sample video. Have fun taking the quiz yourself!
As California’s largest statewide coalition dedicated to the arts in schools, we raise public awareness to ensure creativity is a priority in public education. Every student needs a full and relevant arts education. In a state with one of the world’s largest creative economies, the arts are essential. Without equitable access to arts education, California’s students are not reaching their full potential. Join us to make sure every California School is a creative school.
Check out the Create CA Resources web-page for a complete list of the latest resources including links to videos and webinar recordings on a variety of topics including the launch of the new PTA Parent Guide to the Arts Standards, and the Arts & Social Emotional Learning.
Coming soon: 2021 Launch of “Create Change” to welcome newly seated as well as re-elected school board members and insure continued support for arts education. You can stay in the loop and learn how you can participate by subscribing to the campaign newsletter and following us on Facebook and/or Twitter. #CreateChange
California Arts Council – 2021 Grant Opportunities
Meet the 2021 CAC Administrators of Color Fellowship cohort
The California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship is a partnership between the California Arts Council and the administering organization the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
CAC-ACF pairs 10 arts administrators, reflecting the breadth of expertise from arts leaders of color statewide, with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12- month paid fellowship. The pilot fellowship program is made possible by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and a one-time increase in state arts funding.
To learn more about the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship, visit the SOAC program page at www.schoolofartsandculture.org/fellowship.
Professional Development 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.
February 1 & 22, 2021
TCAP From a Distance: Professional Learning in Visual Arts for TK-5 Educators
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP) and the Ventura County Office of Education
February 5, 2021
Rural Arts Education Webinar: Finding Your Own Yellow Brick Road in Challenging Times
Presented by CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and California Alliance for Arts Education
March 8, 2021 – DAY 1
March 15, 2021 DAY 2
3:30 -4:30 pm
Music that Unifies: Developing Empathy and Understanding Through World Music
Co-presented by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and San Diego 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