May 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.

We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week on May 3-7, 2022. Teachers play a critical role in education and shaping our children. Thank you, teachers of California for the difference you are making in the lives of students!

May is National Mental Health Month

As part of California’s ongoing mental health movement, California Mental Health Services Authority’s (CalMHSA) Take Action for Mental Health campaign is designed to provide more information regarding mental health. Click here for more information.

Visit the California State PTA website has extensive information about this important issue, plus resources you can share with your community. 

California Arts Education Framework Resources

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

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

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

Creativity and Leadership Resources

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

 Download a copy of the Creative and Leadership Resource flyer linked here.

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

California Humanities Current Grant Opportunities

Are you looking for funding support for a public humanities or media project? Do you want to learn more about grant programs at California Humanities? California Humanities will host an information session on May 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. to provide an overview of upcoming funding opportunities for humanities programming in California. Program staff will give an overview of our current grant opportunities, offer tips on preparing your proposal, and discuss what makes an application competitive. Attendees will have ample opportunities to ask questions.  To register, click here and to read more about California Humanities Grant Opportunities, click here.

California College of the Arts bids Farewell to Oakland

A hundred years after the California College of Arts and Crafts made its home in North Oakland, students, faculty and alumni bade farewell Friday to the campus, which has relocated in recent years to a more spacious campus in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. The closure of the historic Oakland campus, which sits at the corner of Broadway and College Avenue in the Rockridge neighborhood, was first announced in 2016. Officials at the college, which changed its name to California College of the Arts in 2003, said the move was necessary because the Oakland campus was hemmed in and unable to expand, and because the college wanted to consolidate with its San Francisco campus.

State of the Arts in Chicago Public Schools Report

The State of the Arts in Chicago Public Schools (SOTA) report has, for the past nine years, employed data to chronicle the advancement of CPS arts education while also identifying areas for improvement and opportunities for growth. This report provides updates on how CPS schools and the arts partner community fared in bringing the arts to CPS students in the 2020–21 school year, the first full year of data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data reveals both the resilience of and struggles within school communities: schools had some success in maintaining access to the arts at levels similar to what was seen in 2019–20, with small drops across most measures, and struggled to sustain their performance in measures of the quality of the arts programs they offered. To read the report, click here.

Achieving Equity in Out-of-School-Time Efforts and Arts Resource Links from the Wallace Foundation

High-quality afterschool, summer and other out-of-school-time programs can provide young people with enriching experiences, but just how accessible are these programs to all the children who could benefit? This is one of the questions tackled in a new brief summarizing findings and ideas that emerged from Wallace-commissioned research to identify major challenges to—and leading practices toward—equity in out-of-school-time programs.
Arts Resources
This blog post by the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses how arts education equity efforts should build on communities’ strengths, not just address deficits.

Hear from Kimberly Olsen, who has been an arts educator for over a decade, about how investing in arts education can secure New York City’s future.

Can an artwork a day keep the doctor away? Here are five ways scientists say art can make you happier and healthier. 

CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

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

The 4th session of the 2021-22 CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN) professional learning series was on April 29th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. The focus of the session was on Making the Data Dance: Wrapping it up for Systems Change.

Our guest presenter was Patti Saraniero, Moxie Research and our County Spotlight speakers included Pauline Crooks, San Diego COE; Amy Bultena, Stanislaus COE; and Rebecca Bailey, Mendocino COE. Each shared unique approaches and practices employing different data gathering and sharing efforts.

Many thanks to our great speakers and to all who participated! We also thank and acknowledge the leadership advisors who helped to plan and implement the 2021-22 CRAN series including: Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies; Stacy Young, Humboldt COE; Kate Stover, Tulare COE; and Jessie Mapes (CCSESA).

CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Online Modules

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

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

2022-23 Arts Leadership Meetings

Below are the dates for the Arts Leadership meeting dates for 2022-23. These align with the planned 2022-23 CISC membership meetings dates that are also scheduled the same week. Please mark your calendars. Note that we will begin the year with virtual meetings and make determinations about the format as we monitor conditions in the coming year. We will follow with times, zoom links, and calendar invites once we have solidified plans for 2022-23.

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Some members of our group have posed the idea of perhaps scheduling one or two face-to-face meetings that may extend over two days in the upcoming academic year and we will explore this possibility more and, when appropriate, take a recommendation to CISC leadership while keeping a pulse on health and safety conditions as well as county office travel policies. Once the new director for CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative is in place, this person will also be part of planning for the upcoming year. If we make any alterations to the calendar above, we will likely build on the existing dates listed. 

CCSESA Regional and County Arts Leads

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads click here (last Updated 4.28.22).

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 flier linked here (in English and Spanish)

Los Angeles County Office of Education

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

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

Santa Barbara County Office of Education

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

View/download event flyer here.

Santa Clara County Office of Education


Young Artist Showcase Virtual Celebration

May 19, 2022 at 4:00 PM

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

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

2022 Summer Arts Integration InstituteNow Accepting Applications!

June 20-23, 2022

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

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

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

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

Registration is linked here

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) has been providing an opportunity for students enrolled in elementary – high school music programs to be selected to participate in our county honor bands and orchestras. This county program has been in existence since 1986.  

At the same time since 1996, young Visual Art students enrolled in a middle or high school arts course have been eligible to be juried into the Young Artists’ Gallery exhibition. This exhibition is a partnership between SBCSS, RIMS California Arts Project and the Arts Connection: Arts Council for San Bernardino County.

SBCSS’ newest opportunity in the arts is the Celebration of the Performing Arts held in the historic venue, The California Theatre. The showcase has been in existence for six years. Student performers are enrolled in a dance, music, or theatre class during the school day. The purpose of the program is to showcase the hard work and dedication of our performing arts teachers and students. 

Watch San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre’s monthly Inspiration message linked here (YouTube) or click below – Vol. 8 Issue 4 April 25, 2022.

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

Hello Creative Artists, Teachers, Administrators! – We wanted to reach out and let you know about our annual Summer Arts Integration Institute. It is happening June 20-23 from 10:30-3;00 p.m. at either Harbor High School or Santa Cruz High School – in person. This is our 12th year and the Institute has now expanded to include all of Region V: Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties.

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

View/download event flyer here.

Ventura County Office of Education

VCOE Student Art Gallery at the Agriculture Museum

We are excited to showcase artwork created by our K-12 students at VCOE Schools and Programs, which provides special education and alternative learning programs to students.

VCOE Student Art Gallery was inspired by the Ventura County Office of Education Annual Equity Conference, which provides free workshops on a variety of topics, including anti-racism, implicit bias, the importance of preschool, preparing for college, supporting students with disabilities, gender diversity, and more. We have invited students from our VCOE Schools and Programs to create artwork illustrating what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to them.


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

CMEA Spring Publication

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

California Educational Theatre Association

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

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

Celebrating supporting implementation of the California Arts Education Framework! The participating representatives of the collaboration between The California Arts Project, CCSESA Statewide Arts, CCSESA’s Curriculum and Instructional Steering Committee, and the California Department of Education Initiative celebrated the end of Year 1 of a three-year plan supporting the California Arts Education Framework. The collaboration created and implemented a virtual Framework launch, Infographics and Handouts, a Framework slide deck, and a California Arts Education Framework Resources for Implementation hub. The hub provides access to these resources. Additional implementation support and resources will be provided by the collaborative over the next two years.

Upcoming TCAP Professional Learning Programs

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

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

Join us in this leadership conference to:

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

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

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

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

To register for TCAP’s no cost Regional Networks, visit TCAP Regional Arts Education Networks or contact for more information.

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

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

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

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

Inquiry: Why Now?  Educational Leaders Workshop Summer Schedule

The California Arts Project (along with our partners in the California Subject Matter Project  and 21st Century California School Leadership Academy ) are hosting “Inquiry: Why Now?” Educational leaders are invited to join this 2-day workshop series to explore how inquiry-based instruction fosters equity.  This FREE workshop will address the following questions:

  • What does inquiry-based learning look like?
  • How do I support inquiry-based learning?
  • How can I leverage inquiry-based learning to improve access, opportunity and inclusion for student populations who have historically been marginalized and underserved?

This workshop is designed for leaders in education and is tailored to support student needs in your region. Find out more and register today.

Customized Professional Learning Programs

Contact TCAP at to arrange or learn more about TCAP’s customized and context specific arts education professional learning programs for schools or districts. 

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 Arts Council

California Department of Education

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

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

Event details:

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

AME Live in Burbank Institute

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

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

Create CA

Creativity is the key to innovation. Without a full, accessible and well rounded arts education, students lack the important skills that are needed creating a better world. Join us and Create CA in continuing the fight for access to equitable arts education for all.Download the social media toolkit by clicking here ( and follow along through our social media channels as well as Create CA’s! 

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

May Create CA Social Media Toolkit

Arts Now! Meet Ups

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

May – December, 2022

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

California State PTA

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

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

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

Award of Excellence:

See which students received an Award of Merit

For additional information and questions about the Reflections Art Program, please email


National Endowment of the Arts

Shelly C. Lowe, Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts

On February 2, 2022, Shelly C. Lowe was confirmed by the United States Senate as the twelfth Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A citizen of the Navajo Nation who grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona, Lowe is the first Native American to serve in this role. From 2015 to 2022 she served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory body to NEH, an appointment she received from President Obama. Lowe’s career in higher education has included roles as Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, Assistant Dean in the Yale College Dean’s Office, and Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University. To read a Washington Post article about Shelly Lowe, click here.

Spring Issue of National Endowment for the Arts Humanities

Click here to read the Spring Issue of the NEA Humanities Magazine.

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.

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


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.


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

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

May 25, 2022
California Humanities Grant Opportunities
Presented by California Humanities
Registration is linked here.


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

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

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