March 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.

March is Arts Education Month 

Promote Arts Education for ALL of California Students during March as Arts Education Month!

We join communities across California that are celebrating the importance of Arts Education during the month of March. School districts, county offices of education, and community groups and organizations are celebrating the profound impact arts education has for ALL of our students.

We encourage county office of education leaders to add to this list of ways to spotlight arts learning through events, programs, and special offerings. Click here for the latest edition of Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students, which also describes the many ways that county offices of education support arts learning in California schools.

Please scroll down to find the Create CA social media toolkit which provides creative ways to highlight the importance of arts education during Arts Education Month. Join in the celebration!

Updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (2021-22 School Year)

CDPH posted updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (2021-22 School Year – effective March 12, 2022). 

The updated guidance effective March 12, 2022 previews updates to the Preamble; General Considerations; Sections 1 (masking), 2 (physical distancing), 4 (symptoms), 7-9 (quarantine), and 16 (extracurriculars); and Additional Considerations.  Updates have also been made to the Group-Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 setting. The full guidance is linked here.

Last Call: Artwork Needed for Upcoming CABE 2022 Online Conference

CABE 2022 Online Conference – Student Art Exhibit
The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative is partnering with the San Francisco Unified School District to coordinate an online Student Art Exhibit at the CABE 2022 Annual Conference on March 30 – April 2, 2022.

CABE’s theme for this year is Stand Up! Get Up! For Biliteracy and Multilingual Rights!

  • Artists must be students in CA (Pre-K through Grade 12)
  • Please submit entries by March 18, 2022

Student Artwork Submission Form is linked here.
CABE 2022 Online Call for Student Artwork flyer is linked here.  

For more information, contact Jessie Mapes, CCSESA Arts Program Assistant at or (916) 508-9553.

Help us feature artwork from all 58 Counties!

While we would appreciate artwork that aligns to the conference theme, Stand Up! Get Up! For Biliteracy and Multilingual Rights!, we also welcome images of artwork representing different styles and themes.

California Arts Education Framework Virtual Launch

Thanks to all who joined us for the virtual launch of the California Arts Education Framework on March 1, 2022. We had broad representation from counties across California. The video of the event along with excerpts can be accessed here. Look for more implementation resources and materials to follow!

We encourage county office leaders to continue to build awareness and provide support focused on the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

CCSESA Welcomes New Staff

Lindsay Tornatore joined CCSESA as the new Director of Learning and Accountability on January 24, 2022. She is the CCSESA point person for all topics under curriculum and instruction, assessments, accountability (e.g. LCAP, Statewide System of Support), and federal title funding for LEAs. Prior to joining CCSESA, Lindsay worked at the California Department of Education where she was the Director of the Student Achievement and Support Division and supported the development of the 2019 Arts Standards and 2020 Arts Framework. Lindsay’s educational background is in K-12 music education and has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate music and arts educators.    

Malia Gonsalves is the new Members Services and Events Coordinator. Malia worked at the CDE as the lead on any Education Code waiver requests by LEAs. Previously she worked in the fiscal division at CDE and at the State Board for four years. She was the lead liaison with the state board members, all logistics for SBE meetings, and website design and maintenance. 

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 flyer is linked here.
Click here to download the flyer for April 29th.

Secure Rural Schools/Forest Counties Program Update

In late 2021, Congress took action to provide funding for the Secure Rural Schools/Forest Counties program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. Just this week, in a separate but related effort, the Senate passed a bill (already passed by the House, so now on its way to the president’s desk). The bill makes no substantive changes; rather, it is a handful of technical clarifications reiterating that the provisions in the BID, both fiscal and technical, apply to FY21, FY22 and FY23.

Check out New Module focused on English Learner Assets and the Arts!

The new CCSESA Arts Creativity at the Core Module 25 Leveraging English Learner Assets through the Arts is finished and ready for use by educators across CA. Developed by San Diego County Office of Education, this module focuses on using the Arts as a lens through which we view the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts.

Leveraging student assets and building into and from the content will provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards (K-12 Music). All students, including those learning English, should be actively engaged in standards-based academic curriculum and have rigorous, supportive, equitable learning experiences in all content areas, including the arts {dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts).

  • The arts provide opportunities for students to access language and to express themselves
  • Each arts discipline has its own language {symbol systems, vocabulary, movements, etc.)
  • The arts can provide a level playing field when students are all new to the language of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts
  • The collaborative and creative nature of the arts disciplines provide authentic opportunities for students to explore, experiment, and practice speaking in their new language and learn from peers
  • Includes kinesthetic, aural repetition, inclusion in an ensemble, careful monitoring of progress, and opportunities for cultural connections {building empathy)

This module will highlight the importance of cultural and linguistic connections English Learners make to the Arts. Leveraging student assets and building into and from the content will provide full and meaningful access to 21st century skills, resulting in attaining high levels of language proficiency and mastery of grade-level standards (K-12 Music).

Hats off to Pauline Crooks and Rim Haroun, Coordinators for the San Diego County Office of Education, for leading this effort and to all the other artists and educators that contributed to this monumental resource.

To view the module, click here.

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

CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Online Modules

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

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative Position Opening

The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) currently has an opening for the Director of the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative to begin July 1, 2022.  Sarah Anderberg is making plans to leave position on August 31, 2022, as she and her husband will be relocating to South Dakota. She has been working with CCSESA staff and the Hewlett Foundation to create a succession plan with the goal of hiring a new director by July 1, 2022, to allow for a smooth transition.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads (Last Updated 3.17.22) – 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




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 flyer linked here (in English and Spanish)

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Healing Centered Engagement Foundation Series

This project of the LA County Arts Education Collective has been developed by the Flourish Agenda in partnership with the LA County Department of Arts and Culture. Flourish Agenda is an organization founded by nationally-recognized researcher-practitioner, Dr. Shawn Ginwright, that provides tools and strategies to help young people of color thrive. Dr. Ginwright and Nedra Ginwright developed the Healing Centered Engagement model, based on decades of healing-centered work with Black youth and families in Akili Camps in the Bay Area.

From February through July 2022, Flourish Agenda’s team will be facilitating a series of five Healing Centered Engagement Foundations workshops. These workshops, all free and open to the public, will help us understand the Healing Centered Engagement framework, think about applications to the work we do, and illuminate how arts and culture can support the creation and sustaining of healing-centered environments. Participants may attend one or all sessions, with each unpacking a different aspect of the HCE model.

Visit Website linked here.
View/Download event flyer linked here.

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 flyer 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 flyer 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 flyer 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


Simple Tips and Tricks to Live Your Best Life and Ditch the Drama

Learn how to easily integrate some simple practices that you can do daily to take the edge of the stressors in your life. This workshop will introduce the basic mechanisms of the stress response in the body, and share ways to override this so that you can have more happy and healthy moments. We will take a look at social, emotional, and physiological practices to keep you on track.

Selena Wilson has been teaching art for 15 years, and currently serves middle school students for Riverside Virtual School. She is passionate about holistic and integrative education that centers the students wellbeing. In 2015 she received her yoga teaching certificate as part of her journey to alleviate chronic migraines and curtail the stresses of her personal life. She is the author of A Practical Workbook for Social Emotional Intelligence, and is happy and excited to share some of the key tenets outlined in the book during this workshop!  All participants will be mailed a copy of the book ahead of the workshop

Register for this FREE online workshop scheduled on March 31, 2022 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. here.  

View or download workshop flyer, linked here.

San Francisco Unified School District

Arts & Creativity 2025: Arts Equity Plan

SFUSD in the final stages of getting Arts & Creativity 2025: SFUSD’s Arts Equity Plan sent to the Board of Education for final approval. The plan is translated and available in seven languages on SFUSD Board Docs. The Arts Equity Plan is the result of several years of planning and collaboration with the San Francisco Arts community, including educators, advocates, artists, non-profits, and funders to ensure we are clear on the need for more access and equity in arts education for all SFUSD students.

Ventura County Office of Education

Virtual Art Gallery

The Ventura County Office of Education will be hosting the 2nd Annual Equity Conference on March 22, 2022. We would like to kick off our conference by showcasing student artwork! Students are invited to create a piece of art illustrating what diversity, equity, and inclusion means to them. Artwork can be submitted and uploaded, linked here.

Speaking of Art, please look at this wonderful new resource We love teachers, and that’s why the Santa Paula Art Museum has created tons of FREE online resources for teachers to use in their classrooms! Teachers can take advantage of ready-made virtual tours, arts-integrated lesson plans, art project video tutorials, and much more. Did we mention it’s all free?! Find it all on our website linked here. Please tag and share with any teachers you know!  The Santa Paula Art Museum’s ArtSPARK educational program is sponsored by The Allan Atmore Family, Bank of the Sierra, and The Paul and Anne Leavens Family Fund.


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

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)


The California Arts Project (TCAP)

A full list of TCAP Programs and Meetings is linked here.

TCAP Asian Art and Culture Webinar Series: Critical Conversations About Anti-Asian Racism and Racial Justice in the Art Classroom – March 23, 2022 – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Registration Link

Three leading scholars/researchers/art educators of Asian Art and Culture will provide a lecture/workshop discussing classroom instructional plans, artists, and pedagogical practices. The webinar is focused on possible approaches and implications for art teachers or art education students regarding anti-Asian racism and racism justice in the classroom.

TCAP’s Saturday Studio Series: “Teatro Lambe, Lambe” – April 16, April 23, and April 30, 2022 – 9:00 – 11 a.m. Registration Link  

TCAP is offering a three-part Saturday Studio Series:  “Teatro Lambe, Lambe” (theatre for one puppetry) featuring TCAP Teacher Leader Johanna Smith. Johanna is an artist, improv specialist, author, and Theatre Education and Entrepreneurship faculty at CSU San Bernardino. The series is open to general classroom and theatre educators, experience in theatre or teaching theatre is not necessary. All studios will be held through Zoom. 

TCAP’s Socially Engaged Arts Webinar Series: Artistic Discourse I: Visual Stories as a Means to Social Change – April 27, 2022 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Registration Link

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.

TCAP Black Theatre 2022 Webinars

This year’s TCAP Black Theatre Initiative will begin in the spring with “Uncovering Black Theatre Plays and Performance” series of webinars. Each webinar will focus on selected masterworks of the canon. While the series builds upon prior TCAP Black Theatre webinars, previous attendance is not a pre-requisite. All webinars will be offered at no cost through Zoom and feature guest artists and scholars.  Additional information and registration will be coming soon to the TCAP website.

2022 TCAP Regional Based Networks
To register for any Regional Networks, visit TCAP Regional Arts Education Networks or contact for more information. More details linked here (scroll down).

  • 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

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
California Subject Matter Project –
Facebook – The California Arts Project

Follow TCAP 

California Department of Education

California Exemplary Arts Education Award

A component of the California School Recognition Program (CSRP), the California Exemplary Arts Education (EAE) Award was part of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program. In 2013, the California Department of Education (CDE) modified the California DS Program to award special recognition to EAE Programs. Eligible schools were able to apply to be recognized as a California EAE Awardee if they met the eligibility criteria to apply to be recognized as a California DS Awardee. Beginning in 2020, the California EAE Award will have its own eligibility criteria and application process.

Staying consistent with the California DS Program, the California EAE Award recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California EAE Award once every two years. Schools recognized as a California EAE School Awardee hold the Title for two years.

Schools recognized as a California EAE Awardee represent a broad cross-section of educational delivery models from traditional comprehensive elementary and high schools to Magnet schools to district and independent charters. These schools serve diverse demographic populations of varying sizes, the largest being a 3700-student urban population down to a 250-student rural population. Some schools serve primarily Title I students from lower socio-economic circumstances and others serve suburban populations with strong district and community financial support.

Read Full Announcement linked here. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2022. For questions, email or call (916) 319-0893.

2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now – April 4-6, 2022 (Virtual) and June 20-22, 2022 (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 Virtual Institute

  • April 4, 5, and 6 (3:30-6pm)
  • Future of StoryTelling Speaker Series, AME Sponsor Spotlights, and AME Program Development Sessions
  • Location: virtual platform

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

March is Arts Education month!

To celebrate this year, we’re highlighting that the arts are proven to rebuild communities, the economy and our students’ futures by creating careers, encouraging civic engagement and aiding in mental wellbeing. Use the hashtags #CreativityisNotOptional and #ArtsEdRebuilds and encourage your community to do the same!

Download the social media toolkit by clicking here and follow along through our social media channels as well as Create CA’s! 

Check out 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 event calendar with registration links here.

California State Summer School for the Arts

Join CSSSA’s Summer Program! For teens who love to create, The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) welcomes 500+ high school students each summer to celebrate and explore the arts. CSSSA is a California State program that makes the arts affordable and accessible during this month-long, immersive experience.

CSSSA offers 7 areas of study, including Animation, Dance, Film, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and Writing. It is a pre-professional program where students earn up to 3 college credits and become part of a community of artists that they take with them for life.

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 flyer here.

Pastel Society of the West Coast – Art Scholarship

Our Art Scholarship Program allows us to fulfill part of our mission to promote education in the arts-especially pastels. Each year, we solicit high school art teachers to helpf us find talented students interested in pursuing a career in art at a junior or four-year college or university.

Eligibility and Application Process:
• The successful candidate should be planning to pursue a career in art
• Must be a high school senior, or college freshman, sophomore, or junior enrolled in a junior or four-year accredited college or university with enrollment in an art class.
• Must submit hand drawn or painted, original artwork created by the student (no photography or digital work accepted)
• Must be recommended by an art teacher, counselor or PSWC member
• Must submit the online application, an artist statement and a portfolio of work as described on the PSWC website by April 15, 2022.

View or download Art Scholarship Announcement linked here.
For further questions. Please contact the PSWC Scholarship Chair: Pamela Comfort via the PSWC website or at

UCLArts & Healing – 5th Annual Conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing

Is the intersection of arts and healing within a community of interest you? We’re excited to announce that registration is open for our 5th annual conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing, featuring 100+ online workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance/movement, drama, drumming/music, play/sandplay, and writing/journaling integrated with mental health practices. In addition, we’re offering financial assistance for any professional working with underserved populations—which is precisely why we’re reaching out to you.

Over three weekends, from March 24 through April 24, learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, enhancing mindfulness, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma. Up to 72 continuing education credits are available. 

Get 20% off one of more online sessions when you enter the following code during checkout: UCLArts. Registration is linked here.

For general questions, or any financial-assistance inquires, contact


Americans for the Arts – Creative Economy Advances in Congress

There is now more pro-creative economy legislation being considered by Congress than at any other point in U.S. history. In the last several months arts advocates have been working with members of Congress to introduce an historic lineup of pro-arts legislation.

Seven bills, introduced over the last year, together map a new, more equitable and impactful policy landscape for creative businesses and workers. Were all these bills to pass into law, they would improve the lives of all Americans by opening billions of dollars in investment opportunity for creative businesses and entrepreneurs, expanding opportunity for current and future workers, and boosting the U.S. economy. They are:

  • Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy Act (CREATE Act)
  • Promoting Local Arts and Creative Economy Workforce Act (PLACE Act)
  • 21st Century Federal Writers Project Act (21CFWP)
  • Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA)
  • Performing Arts Tax Parity Act (PATPA)
  • Saving Transit Arts Resources Act (STAR Act)
  • Arts Education for All Act (AEFA)

The details of these bills are summarized here, and arts organizations can add their support for each bill via this online form which will help increase congressional support. 

Pro-arts individuals can take action directly via our Arts Action Center by contacting their member of Congress and requesting that they co-sponsor the legislative proposals.

Arts Education Partnership (AEP)

AEP Researchers & Funders Policy Virtual Briefing – March 29, 2022

What are existing gaps in arts education research?

Who has the skills and knowledge to fill those gaps, and who has the resources to make this happen?

Why is it important to fill these gaps? How can this new information inform changes in policy and practice?

Join us for a special event for researchers and funders in arts and education! Explore existing gaps in arts education research and focus on creating a deeper dialogue among funders, researchers and practitioners during this policy briefing. The dialogue will inform ways to fill existing gaps in arts education research. This event will feature panel discussions, small group experiences and opportunities for individual and group reflection. Registration is linked 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.

National Art Education Association National Convention to be Held in NYC

2022 NAEA National Convention
March 3-5, 2022 in New York City

Join us for the largest gathering of visual arts, design, and media arts educators in the world and choose from hundreds of options for professional learning, creativity, inspiration, and connection. NAEA22 also marks the 75th Anniversary of the National Art Education Association – let’s celebrate!

Registration open – click here.

NAfME – Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators

NAfME – Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators
During this time of unprecedented need for virtual/online instructional materials, the first consideration for us must be student safety. As educators, we are dedicated in providing safe learning environments for students in our physical classrooms every day. We must be equally dedicated to providing safe virtual/online environments as well. To that end, NAfME recommends:

  • Children under the age to 13 have verifiable parental consent before accessing any online resources
  • Students and/or families do not provide any identifying information to gain access to the resources – free or paid

NAfME cares about our students so we advocate for equitable access to instruction. As we curate materials to help members implement online learning, we recognize that effective online instruction in any subject requires:

  • Universal access to learning devices and internet services
  • Professional learning opportunities and time for educators to design online learning environments, tasks, and assessments
  • Opportunities for students to learn how to succeed with online instruction
  • An appropriate learning management system

Register now for free Professional Learning Community webinars.

Resources, Information and/or register for free Professional Learning Community webinars.

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. 


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.


March 22, 2022
2nd Annual Equity Conference Virtual Art Gallery
Presented by the Ventura County Office of Education
Artwork can be submitted and uploaded, linked here.

March 31, 2022
Simple Tips and Tricks to Live Your Best Life and Ditch the Drama
Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education
Registration is linked here.


April 4-6, 2022 (Virtual)
2022 AME Institute: Shock of the Now
Registration is linked here.

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 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.

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