June 2020 Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

Inside this Issue

  • CCSESA Statement
  • CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News
  • State Highlights
  • National Highlights
  • CCSESA Regional and County Highlights
  • Upcoming Events and Convenings

Statement of California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) on the Responsibility in Public Education to Respond to the Killing of George Floyd

In the last weeks, we watched peaceful protests call for justice and equality after the killing of George Floyd. We saw thousands of people engage in nonviolent peaceful protests. We also witnessed media images of violence in our communities and across America.

Our children will seek to understand these events. As adults and educators, we must listen and respond with honesty and empathy. We also must teach them to stand up against racism, injustice, and inequity through non-violent means.

Current events demonstrate both the urgency and fundamental importance of embedding in public education the values of eliminating racism and implicit bias, the principle of identifying and closing inequities in educational opportunities and achievement, and the urgency of promoting thoughtful expression and moral courage.

Working with State Superintendent Thurmond and other state and local education leaders, the 58 county superintendents of California are committed to continuing the important conversation illuminated by recent events, and to promoting equity and justice as fundamental principles in all our activities.


CCSESA Announces New Publication: Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative is pleased to announce the release of Counties on the Move: Arts for All Students (2020 edition), a publication that represents work of the California County Superintendents of Schools and their staff through a state infrastructure of service and support connecting all school districts in California. Written by county office leaders, these short descriptions reveal different approaches to our diverse student populations in California.

“Our goal is to continue to spotlight outstanding arts education programs and services in each county office of education to inform and inspire the implementation and improvement of arts education programs throughout the state,” explains Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Arts Initiative Director. 

Especially during the difficult times of COVID-19, the arts play a critical role in distance learning opportunities, social and emotional learning, engagement, and creativity that continue to be so vital for our students, families, and educators.

As part of this effort, the publication provides examples of California County Superintendents of Schools’ support for arts education and snapshots of a wide spectrum of arts education projects, programs, services, curriculum & professional development, and collaborations in partnership with school districts and arts/education organization throughout California. To read more about CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative, visit ccsesaarts.org.

CCSESA’s Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Arts Subcommittee and County Arts Leads continue to build capacity for arts education at the national, state, region, county, and local levels. We extend our appreciation to all those who provided content for this publication and to the leaders responsible for the  rich tapestry of programs represented in this document.

CCSESA Rural County Arts Cohort


CCSESA Arts Initiative created a new portion of its Arts Website to spotlight some of the work that has been accomplished in 2019-20 through the CCSESA Rural County Arts Cohort. We invite you to take a look at the accomplishments of eight rural county offices of education and view the interactive map highlighting county offices from across California.

You can visit the Rural Arts Pages by selecting the Rural Arts drop down menu in the upper menu on CCSESA’s Arts Initiative home page or by clicking here.


California Department of Education -Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Over the last few months, CDE has been dedicated to providing timely response to the coronavirus pandemic, as our schools and staff bravely navigated this rapidly-evolving situation. As we wind down the 19-20 school year, we have now shifted our focus to include efforts to prepare for the safe reopening of schools for the 20-21 school year.

To read the Coronavirus Response and School Opening Guidance, click here.

CREATE CA – A Message for this Moment and an Action You Can Take

We are living through unprecedented challenges. This is a crucial turning point for each of us to reflect on how we can stand against racism. As State Superintendent Tony Thurman stated, “We know implicit bias and racism exists in every sector in every sector of our society. We all have to commit to fighting for reform in our education system and providing the students of California with tools to create a better society.

For more statements from California education leaders on racism and police bias, click here. Student of color and those who are in low income experience significant barriers to access, participation, and success in arts learning which is directly linked to pervasive inequities in our education system. Recognizing this, Create CA has launched a statewide effort to promote the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning among districts and organizations, which outlines each student’s right to have access to high-quality public arts education, regardless of their background, culture, language, or geographic location. You can take action by bringing the model resolution to your school board today for adoption.

We stand with all of our education colleagues for every student’s right to high quality education, including the arts, as specified in the California Education Code.

CREATE CA to Post Online Professional Development Opportunities

Create CA is using its Event page to provide a service to the field. We will curate and post online Arts professional development opportunities for educators. If you have an opportunity your county or district office is providing that would welcome participants from throughout the state, please post it here and we’ll add it to our Events page.

California Alliance for Arts Education – Advocacy Toolkit

Local advocacy is more essential than ever as California grapples with potential budget cuts to its public education system due to the economic impact of COVID-19. As local advocates, you have the power to create change in how the district allocates its resources.

Studies show arts education not only decreases feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation but also positively impacts all-around academic performance. As students struggle through incredible loss, the arts are not a luxury, they are a tool for recovery. The California Alliance for Arts Education, in partnership with Arts for LA, created an advocacy toolkit and a training webinar empowering advocates to educate officials about the benefits of arts education. To find tips, templates, talking points and an archive of the webinar, go to the California Alliance for Arts Education website here.

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

TCAP’s From a Distance: School/District-based Customized Professional Learning

TCAP’s new From a Distance discipline-specific professional learning programs are available and customizable for schools and districts specific needs. These programs include discipline-specific professional learning as well as facilitation of arts education professional learning communities. Each discipline-specific learning program or PLC facilitation is customized and focused on the specific needs of the school or district. PLC topics include adapting to online/distance arts teaching, continuing work on revisiting of existing or developing of new arts courses, updating scope and sequences in the arts disciplines, and creating or updating existing arts curriculum in light of the new California Arts Standards. 

From a Distance programs provide support for teachers in teaching the arts in hybrid, face-to-face, or in distance learning formats. The programs can also bridge to face-to-face professional leaning when conditions allow.

Once the new California Arts Framework is adopted the sessions will include support in understanding and using the new guiding document in teaching the arts. For more information on TCAP’s PLC services please email adelao@csusb.edu .

TCAP’s From a Distance: Upcoming School Year 2020 – 2021 Offerings

TCAP’s Regional and Statewide Network Communities of Practice

In support of arts educators and administrators in planning for the new 2020 – 2021 school year, TCAP’s regional and statewide communities of practice and networks will continue through the summer to convene online.  TCAP’s discipline-specific and mixed discipline networks are engaging in professional conversations relating to the successes and challenges of shifting to distance teaching, sharing resources, and approaches. The use of online breakout rooms allows for discipline, grade level, or other configurations focused on specific needs.  

Other Arts Education Resources: 

CDE, CCSESA 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.

For more information on these programs and new additions please email kalexand@csusb.edu and visit The California Arts Project Facebook page.


Americans for the Arts – Cultural Equity

To support a full creative life for all, Americans for the Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation.

Americans for the Arts recognizes that many existing systems of power grant privilege and access unequally, and that equity is crucial to the long-term viability of both the arts and culture sector and communities-at-large. In keeping with our Statement on Cultural Equity, we are working in the following ways to ensure that everyone has equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.

  • To read and download the full Statement on Cultural Equity, please click here.
  • For an editable template version to adopt or adapt, please click here.

World-famous Cultural Institutions Closed Due to Coronavirus are Welcoming Virtual Visitors

Opera companies and orchestras including New York’s Met Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic have been live-streaming concerts to audiences around the world. The Louvre and the Uffizi are among famous museums and galleries offering virtual tours. Google’s Arts & Culture platform has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer Street View tours. Museums, galleries, music venues and opera houses across the world are shutting their doors temporarily to help slow the spread of coronavirus – but we can still experience the arts from the comfort of our living rooms. Some of the world’s best-known cultural institutions have been working to lift the spirits of arts fans under quarantine and lockdown by streaming concerts and offering virtual museum tours and online galleries.

Digital concert halls

Opera companies and orchestras from Berlin and New York to Seoul have been live-streaming concerts. Though played to rows of empty seats, these performances are reaching online audiences worldwide. Some are also offering free access to digital catalogs of past performances. The Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall is now free for everyone, according to a message on the orchestra’s website which says, “The Philharmonie is closed – so we will come to you!” Soon after cancelling its upcoming concerts due to the pandemic, New York’s Met Opera announced it would stream free encores of past performances from its Live in HD series on its website. For more information, click here.

Americans for the Arts – Arts, Jobs, and the Economy

The following excerpt is part of a larger statement provided by Americans for the Arts that points to the impact arts has on the American economy.

Arts strengthen the economy. The arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), which supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue. Arts are good for local businesses. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters—valuable revenue for local commerce and the community. Arts are an export industry. The arts and culture industries posted a $30 billion international trade surplus in 2014, according to the BEA. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) exceeded $60 billion. Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. Arts destinations grow the economy by attracting foreign visitor spending. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that, between 2003-2015, the percentage of international travelers including “art gallery and museum visits” on their trip grew from 17 to 29 percent, and the share attending “concerts, plays, and musicals” increased from 13 to 16 percent.

To read full statement of the Americans for the Arts, click here.


Santa Clara County Office of Education

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Arts Learning for Equity, Transformative Teaching and Learning

June 15-19, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Zoom Meeting

Experience the art and science of teaching and learning with the dynamic STUDIO PATHWAYS team. Studio Pathways is excited to offer Santa Clara County Office of Education a summer workshop series for educator to learn frames that center equity, racial justice and the essential role of integrating
visual and performing arts in education.

Audience: Teachers, Teaching Artists, Arts Organizations Receiving Title  1 Funding  

For more information please click here.

Riverside County Office of Education

Amplifying the Arts 

During the time of school closures, the Arts Leads of Riverside County have used a variety of innovative approaches to create equitable and exciting opportunities in the visual and performing arts for students. There are also new programs and models that could be adapted and adopted in other school districts.

Each of the districts has a live link, and many of them have resources that are available across the County, and are worthwhile for all teachers. 

Arts: It’s Elementary Webinar

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June 19, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. 

This webinar will explain how the arts enhance social/emotional learning and cultural relevancy while at the same time making learning less intimidating for second language learners. Louis Higgins will do an introduction to the new Claioria Arts Standards, and share lesson plans and teaching videos she has developed as well as integration strategies that easily make the arts a part of any and all subject matter instruction.

Register today for this fun, free, and informative, one hour session!

For more information or to register, click here.

Professional Development Opportunities

UPDATE – Please note that events listed below are currently still open for registration and that event organizers are continuing to monitor current health announcements.

TEAL: Technology Enhanced Arts Learning
No-cost professional development for Arts integration K-6
Presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

June 15-18, 2020
Social Emotional Learning for the Creative Teacher
Presented by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

June 15-19, 2020
Arts Learning for Equity, Transformative Teaching and Learning
Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education

June 16, 2020
Dancers in Leadership
Free Practitioner Exchange Series: Teaching Dance from a Distance
Presented by Luna Dance Institute

June -August 2020
Arts Standards Webinars – Information/Registration TBA
Throughout the summer, TCAP will be offering a variety of one – to two-hour webinars focused on aspects of the new CA Arts Standards. These offerings provide either an introduction to the Arts Standards or as a refresher to educators that have attended one of TCAP’s CA Arts Standards programs.
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)

July 15-17, 2020
The Music Center’s first-ever Virtual Arts Integration Symposium
Engaging ALL Learners Through The Arts
Presented by The Music Center

July 2020
TCAP’s Latin Music Initiative Information/Registration TBA
The first in a series of webinars featuring contemporary Latin music artists. Throughout the 2020-21 year, the initiative will continue with additional offerings to explore culturally authentic stylistic nuances found within Latin Music.
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)

July 2020
Conversations with California Artists, Creatives, & Educators webinar series Information/Registration TBA
The one-hour sessions are free of charge and provide insight in to contemporary California artistic practices and issues.
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)

September 29, 2020
ArtsLift Conference 2020
Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education
Tentative Location: UCR Arts – Riverside, CA

June 16-17, 2021 (date change from 2020)
Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute
Presented by the Mono County Office of Education & Mono Arts Council
Location: Cerro Coso Community College – Ridgecrest, CA

June 21, 2021 (date change from 2020)
TCAP’s 14th Courageous Creativity ConferenceInformation/Registration TBA
Presented by The California Arts Project (TCAP)
Location: Disneyland Resort – Anaheim, CA

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