May 2020 Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

Inside this issue:

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News

National News

Statewide News

County News

Professional Development Opportunities

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News

CCSESA and CDE convene Regional and County Arts Leaders from across California

On May 12, 2020, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and the California Department of Education (CDE) convened Regional and County Arts Leads as part of the CISC/Arts Subcommittee meeting held online. County leaders across the state participated in the meeting. Presentations included: Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) provided by Dotti Ysais, Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE)’s Center for Distance & Online Learning and Jeannine Flores, LACOE’s Arts and Steam Coordinator, as well as other members of their team. Stacy Young, Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) Visual & Performing Arts Program Manager shared about a recent Creativity Symposium that they offered as they pivoted from an in-person conference to an online convening. Bill Funkhouser, HCOE’s Arts Learning Specialist, shared about strategies that they have been learning to develop and implement quality professional development that has lasting impact. Sofia Fojas, Santa Clara County Office of Education’s new Arts Coordinator led a discussion about how to continue partnerships with arts organizations and artists- particularly during the pandemic. Jennifer Spangler, Butte County Office of Education’s Arts Coordinator, facilitated a discussion on distance learning and resources. Letty Kraus, Diane Crum, Jack Mitchell, and Allison Frenzel from the California Department of Education provided an update. Kris Alexander, Executive Director, The California Arts Project provided an update. Sarah Anderberg, closed the meeting with an update on the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative work. A key theme across conversations is the importance of arts learning, particularly in this time when home and distance learning is needed. Lastly, Jack Mitchell, who will be retiring from the CDE in June, was recognized for his dedication and leadership.

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

Click here
to view/download the list of 2020 Regional and County Arts Leads.

The following resources may be helpful for educators, parents, and community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Creativity at the Core Professional Learning Modules

Arts Lessons – CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative

Virtual Arts Learning – A growing list of resources to share!

National News

Americans for the Arts

COVID-19 Response Arts Education

To find out more information, go to the Americans for the Arts website.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

Resources to Inspire Music Making, Learning, and Teaching

NAMM Foundation: Resources to Inspire Music Making, Learning, anCommunity Music Making  is a NAMM Foundation signature program that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music. The NAMM Foundation presents music-making activities and resources for NAMM members and community organizations to  spread the joys and benefits of making music.

Resources to Inspire Music Making, Learning, and Teaching
Community Music Making

Statewide News

California Department of Education

Join the Statewide Discussion about SEL in California

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Along with other California educator organizations we are inviting you and thousands of educators across the state into a virtual conversation on ways to advance social and emotional learning in the state, especially as we cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about and participate in this opportunity facilitated by Education First, please see the letter here from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, of the California Department of Education (CDE): the State Board of Education (SBE) Chair, Linda Darling-Hammond: and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom of the Governor’s Office.

California Arts Council

Record $30 M to California’s Creative and Cultural Organizations


The California Arts Council (CAC) has announced today a record-setting $29,951,200 in support for arts and culture in California. A total of 1,534 grants have been awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. Apply now for available California Arts Council funding opportunities.

Arts & AccessibilityArts in Corrections

CAC COVID-19 News & Resources Page


The California Arts Council has created a new online resource that includes the last agency updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, plus emergency funding opportunities, emergency preparedness best practices, and webinars featuring arts leaders and artists from the national arts community. Click here to visit the COVID-19 New & Resources webpage.

California Humanities

CARES Relief and Recovery Grants


California Humanities relief and recovery grants aim to provide support to organizations that have experienced the cancellation of their public humanities activities due to a decrease or loss of revenue, programming opportunities, loss of paid staff, or venues as a result of COVID-19, as well as to humanities practitioners who are facing financial hardship. Funding from the State of California will provide capacity-building recovery grants to assist organizations as they consider new approaches to public humanities programming and organizational strength. Click here for grant eligibility and application details. 

California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

COVID-19 Distance Learning Technical Assistance Resources

To support local educational agencies transition to virtual learning, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) is partnering with technical assistance providers and expert practitioners to provide resources, guidance, training, and ongoing professional learning for schools and districts.

Distance Learning Resources

California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) & Arts for LA

COVID-19 & Local Arts Education Advocacy – Online Training

This webinar is an online training presented by the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) and Arts for LA, and will provide advocates with the concrete tools necessary to ensure local decision makers harness the full power of arts education in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The session will cover strategies for engaging local school board members, responding to proposed budget cuts, and best practices for amplifying student voices.

COVID-19 & Local Arts Education Advocacy – Online Training

California Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME)

Take Your Classroom Online

This site will provide industry connected resources, lesson ideas, projects, tutorials and curriculum for AME teachers and students as schools begin to explore distance learning options. Access these resources here.

CREATE CA

Webinar: The Arts and Social Emotional Learning: Leveraging Arts Instruction as Essential in Recovery

Recording and presentation slides now available for Create CA webinar, “The Arts and Social Emotional Learning: Leveraging Arts Instruction as Essential in Recovery” presented by the California Alliance for Arts Education & Arts for LA, this online training will provide advocates with the concrete tools necessary to ensure local decision makers harness the full power of arts education in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The session covered strategies for engaging local school board members, responding to proposed budget cuts, and best practices for amplifying student voices

Go here to access resources and materials

#CREATEATHOME Resources

In this time of uncertainty, connecting with the world around us is so important. Use this week’s featured resources from @Create_CA to to create with nature! createca.org/featured-resources  #CreateAtHome

Luna Dance Instiute

Summer Institute – Accepting Applications through May 31

The Summer Institute is a yearlong professional development experience focused on the art of teaching dance. Free for a selected cohort of 12, it includes a weeklong intensive, follow-up workshops, individualized coaching & collegial support. 

This is a live, in-person experience. We remain optimistic about being able to meet in small groups in a large space by July, and will be following health & safety advisories. We’re developing alternative plans should in-person gatherings be prohibited, and are committed to working with the selected cohort despite the challenges. 

Applications accepted until May 31Summer Institute dates: July 13-18 with follow-up workshops January 16 & May 22, 2021

Mills College, Oakland, CA | Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA

Curious about Luna Dance? Click above image to view video.

Sacramento Public Waldorf Collaborative Community

The Family Project

The Families Project is a distance-learning resource created in March 2020 by the Sacramento Public Waldorf Collaborative Community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which redefined the sphere of active learning as within the family unit.

County News

Here are some representative examples of what counties are doing to provide resources during COVID-19

Alameda County Office of Education


Distance Arts Learning Communique


We launched a Website! Check out our new virtual Arts & Creativity Space to find resources for parents, educators, ad the most importantly…Youth and REACH Members! Stay creative no matter where you are! It’s a work in progress and changing a lot. Check often to see new content and watch it grow. Send us your suggestions and feedback!

Folder of ACOE Distance Arts Learning Communiques

Los Angeles County Office of Education


Technology Enhanced Arts Learning  (TEAL)

TEAL gives educators access to professional development through the blended learning model. The blending learning model combines online and in-person interaction to provide content and support for arts integration in the classroom, to the benefit of K-6 students.

The online modules furnish content that is unique to each of the Visual and Performing Arts disciplines, including dance, music, theatre, and the visual and media arts. Teachers and administrators will learn methods of integrating the learning objectives of these art forms with other subject areas. The areas of STEAM and Social and Emotional Learning Using the Arts are also addressed with in-person trainings and online support.

Technology Enhanced Arts Learning Project (TEAL)

Riverside County Office of Education


Online Learning Resources For The Arts

For Teachers & Parents – Riverside County Office of Education’s new “Ten To Treasure” that highlights 10 free and fabulous online learning resources for the arts. 


Click on above image to access interactive flyer with links to each online learning resource!

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.

May 27, 2020
COVID-19 & Local Arts Education Advocacy
Presented by California Alliance for Arts Education and Arts for LA

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

September 29, 2020
ArtsLift Conference 2020
UCR Arts – Riverside, CA

June 16-17, 2021 (date change from 2020)
Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute
Cerro Coso Community College – Ridgecrest, CA

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