October 2020 Arts Initiative Newsletter

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Inside this Issue

  • CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative News
  • County Programs
  • State Highlights
  • National Highights
  • Upcoming Events and Convenings



California State PTA & CREATE CA Host Arts Education in the New Normal Webinar & Launch the new PTA Parent Guide Aligned to the new Arts Standards

Arts Education in the New Normal: Essential Resources for Right Now
Join us for an interactive webinar on October 29 at 4:30 pm where state partners will share about the newest resources and essential information about Arts Education in the new landscape of Distance Learning. Participants will be the first to access the newly revised Parent Guide to the new Arts Standards!

Featured Speakers:  
Erin Jenks, California State PTA
Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative
Letty Kraus, California Department of Education
Aaron Bryan, Fresno County Superintendents Office
Pat Wayne, Create CA


CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN)

On September 22, 2020, the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative launched the CCSESA Rural Arts Network (CRAN). Building on the success of the 2019-20 Rural County Arts Cohort, we have been working to expand access by creating the CCSESA Rural Arts Network. Join us to learn, share your voice, and expand the field’s understanding of the specific strengths and challenges of our rural areas as we continue to work to offer equitable, accessible arts education for students across the state. If you haven’t yet joined the network, we invite you to attend our next meeting on October 27, 2020 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Let’s learn together through a network of support!


Meeting Dates: Oct 27, 2020 – Nov 10, 2020
Jan 26, 2021 – Feb 23, 2021 – Mar 23, 2021 – Apr 27, 2021

Rural Arts Education Strategies Webinar – October 22

Rural communities face specific challenges when working to deliver arts education to students. Learn from several experts who have created tailored approaches for rural communities. Presented by the California Alliance for Arts Education in partnership with CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative.


This webinar is part of a series, view the full list of webinars here.

CCSESA Creativity at the Core Modules

CCSESA is pleased to announce the launch of Creativity at the Core Module 22: California Arts Standards for Public Schools: Resources for Learning & Implementation developed by San Diego County Office of Education and Santa Clara County Office of Education. This Module will provide educators with an overall understanding of the California Arts Standards structure and purpose as well as the opportunity to do a deep study into one or more arts disciplines. Hats off to Pauline Crooks (San Diego), Sofia Fojas (Santa Clara) and Jeannine Flores (formerly from Santa Clara and now at LACOE).

Counties on the Move Spotlight on Regions 3 and 4: Explore Arts Programs in Northern California County Offices of Education

The CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative believes that the arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All California students – from every culture, geographic region and socio-economic level – deserve quality arts learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum. In this issue, we would like to highlight the excellent work being done on behalf of students primarily in northern California.

CLICK HERE to view/download the entire Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students publication.

Learn about arts programs in REGION 3:
El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo and Yuba counties here.

Meet the Region 3 Arts Leads, who work to strengthen arts learning for all students. Superintendent Matt Strahl, Alpine; Superintendent Ed Manansala, El Dorado; Maria Arvizu-Espinoza, Colusa; Teena Corker, Nevada; Lori Grasberger, Placer; Christine McCormick, Sutter; Deborah Bruns, Yolo; and Bobbi Abold, Yuba.

Regional Arts Lead – L. Steven Winlock, Sacramento

Learn about arts programs in REGION 4:
Alameda, Contra costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano counties here.

Meet the Region 4 Arts Leads, who work to strengthen arts learning for all students. Hanna Ma, Contra Costa; Amanda Mattea, Marin; Lucy Edwards, Napa; Sam Bass, San Francisco; Amy Robinson, Solano; and Michelle Holdt, San Mateo.

Regional Arts Lead – Derek Fenner, Alameda

To view and/or download a complete list of Regional and County Arts Leads – 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 www.bit.ly/CaArtsEdChat2020.

County Programs


Alameda County Office of Education – Arts Learning Communiqué

For district/site leaders and educators from the Bay Area and beyond.
Due to the overwhelming requests from arts education folks from outside Alameda County, we have added a second community of practice.

With the same intent and areas of focus (for district/site leaders and educators in one of ACOE’s 18 districts), this group is for anyone who doesn’t work in an ACOE district to attend and connect with others around arts learning.


Arts Learning Communiqué #16 features an article on important interdisciplinary work on climate change happening in Alameda County; new CREATE CA resources on the Arts and Social Emotional Learning; a link to a resource that highlights the intersections between science/math/music; and lastly an internet radio station dedicated to the music of John Coltrane.

EVENT FLYER – Full of resources/links

Submitted by Derek Fenner, Arts learning Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Education

Butte County Office of Education – Trauma Informed Teaching Artists Fall Workshop Series 2020

In response to the devastating wildfires in our county that destroyed the town of Paradise, the Butte County Office of Education initiated a new Trauma Informed Artists in the Schools program. We invite teaching artists to join our 2021 directory and participate in our Fall Workshop series. The series will focus on the trauma informed classroom, cultural equity, and social emotional learning. We are grateful for the support of North Valley Community Foundation’s Butte Strong Funds and the Sierra Health Foundation.

To register, contact Jennifer Spangler at jspangler@bcoe.org.

Humboldt County Office of Education – Schools to Theatre

The Humboldt County Office of Education has reimagined their Schools to Theatre program by providing teachers the opportunity to attend the Arcata Playhouse’s live-streaming Zoom around the World Series which brings local and international artists’ stories to your classroom or living room. The Month of October will Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Spanish/English performances from Mexico and Humboldt County. 30-minute story and short talk back Participants can live-stream these 30-minute story and short talk back each Friday at 11:00 am. Performances will be in Spanish and English.
Recordings from previous performances will be uploaded each Friday.


For more information contact

Submitted by Stacy Young, VAPA Program Manager, Humboldt County Office of Education

Los Angeles County Office of Education – Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms

CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) are excited to collaborate to bring high quality arts integration professional learning to support Media Arts in Los Angeles County and across the state. The Media Arts for Elementary Classrooms Creativity at the Core Module will provide foundational skills and instruction in various Media Arts contents. TEAL, Technology Enhanced Arts Learning, will be the platform for online professional learning. TEAL provides a blended model of online and virtual professional development and is powered by CDOL. Outstanding industry partners will provide foundational skills and instruction along with TEAL experts. 

Since the adoption of the California Arts Standards for Public Schools and the California Arts Framework for Public Schools, there is a need for a practical introduction to Media Arts at the elementary level. Students are learning from home on devices and are consuming, creating, and sharing media online. Educators are eager to develop media skills to support student content that is both current and standards-aligned. Media Arts is a natural fit to the modern elementary classroom where students can express their voice and ideas in creative ways. 

EVENT FLYERExplore this animated and interactive flyer

Mono County Office of Education – Online Arts Programs

The Mono County Office of Education (MonoCOE) has continued their arts programs, but like the rest of the educational community, has moved them online. In collaboration with the MonoCOE Adult Education Program we are currently embracing the SEL side of the arts by offering monthly Virtual Parents’ Nights (VPN) on Zoom. VPN offers focused topics the districts in the county consider important for their parents to learn and know, such as Google Classroom and district communication systems. This 30 minute class is then followed by 90 minutes of family painting class, dance & movement, etc.

MonoCOE, in collaboration with Mono Arts Council, is also supporting our educational staff and faculty county-wide. We are offering teacher and support staff Virtual SPA (special place alone) Nights. These are also on Zoom and are 75 minutes of movement, gentle yoga, visualization and meditation. We provide gift bags containing ampules of essential oils and other small items to use during the exercises. The feedback from these Virtual SPA Nights has been incredible.

Save the Date!
The inaugural Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute (CESSAI) has been rescheduled for June 2021. Stay tuned, more information coming!

Riverside County Office of Education – VAPA Cultural Relevancy and the Arts

VAPA Cultural Relevancy and the Arts
Please join Arts Administrator, Louisa Higgins, as she explains cultural relevancy and the arts through the lens of Social and emotional Learning (SEL). She will take participants through two hands-on arts lessons. Four To Know (elementary) and Equity Arts Study (secondary) ensure an engaging process that will lock in the concepts and give teachers the skills and understanding to start incorporating cultural relevancy into all areas of their classroom practice.
October 15, 2020 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Santa Clara County Office of Education – New Community of Practice

Through the Artspiration Community of Practice, we will engage with each other around specific topics impacting our lives to improve teaching and learning in a virtual world.

Topics include: ways to include new CA Arts Standards and Framework; social-emotional learning and the arts; unpacking racism through the arts; arts and the Black Lives Movement; and indigenous ways of knowledge and learning. We see the arts as a tool for healing, connecting to self and community, increasing student engagement, and nurturing creativity.
4:00-5:30 p.m.


12th Annual “ARTS really teach” The Marion Chilker Conference for Arts in Education – Join us for our 12th Annual Marion Cilker conference for the Arts. Our very first virtual conference imagines new ways in approaching our work as educators while addressing the conditions of the new environment of learning and teaching. Come away with new strategies to energize your work and engage your students in the virtual classrooms!
November 6-7, 2020


San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools – Arts Education Network Meetings

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office, RIMS California Arts Project and Arts Connection: San Bernardino County Arts Council will be starting our 2020 – 2021 network arts education meetings for K – 12 teachers and administrators for this school year. Look for information coming soon to support Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts teaching and learning from a distance.

The role of this network is to facilitate a healthy environment for arts educators to engage as a community, sharing best practices, sharing student work, announcements of school and district arts events, tips, feedback and general discussions about arts education.



California Arts Council – Why Race? A racial equity learning journey workshop

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 11am – 12:30pm

Racial equity is the center point for the CAC’s equity journey. In this 90-minute workshop, we invite our creative communities across the state to share, listen, reflect, and iterate together on racial equity commitments.

This year the CAC will have a new eligibility requirement for grant applicant organizations to include a racial equity statement. This workshop is one element of the support we are offering for constituents to feel prepared for this new requirement.


The California Arts Project (TCAP) – From a Distance Professional Learning Upcoming Fall Offerings

CAP network’s primary concern is the safety of the students, educators, and community members. The TCAP Statewide Leadership and Professional Learning Center and all TCAP Regional Sites are working remotely following their specific campus guidelines and offering TCAP “From a Distance Professional Learning”. 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. As health announcements are monitored, the status of programs may change. Please email reach.tcap@gmail.com for more information on any of TCAP’s programs or services and visit The California Arts Project Facebook page.
Click here to read about the many offerings of TCAP

California Department of Education – Virtual Roundtable: Teaching Native American Studies in K-12

As we continue to fight against racism, bias, and acts of hate against historically underrepresented and underserved groups, education offers us the opportunity for positive change.

The California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond invite educators and thought leaders in Native American Studies to join in a virtual conversation about how we can improve teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms.

Please join us on October 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm as we rethink the ways we teach.


California Department of Education – California Arts Standards for Public Schools Publication Released

The final publication version of the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) has been posted on the standards web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/vapacontentstds.asp. The publication version is in portable document format (pdf) and includes a Special Acknowledgements section with the names of the members of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee, publication ordering information, and hyperlinks to glossary terms. The Arts Standards may also be searched and cross referenced with other content areas using the Search the Standards Webpage at https://www2.cde.ca.gov/cacs/ or using the mobile application available for download at https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/castandards.asp. Even when using the search platforms to find and review standards, the introduction to the standards that is only found in the PDF contains vital information for educators who are engaging in preliminary learning about the standards. Educators can use this Arts Framework as a guide to curriculum and instruction to inform both the what and how of teaching in and through the arts.

California Department of Education – 2020 Arts Framework

The State Board of Education-adopted pre-publication version of the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) supports the implementation of the 2019 Arts Standards. The framework chapters (adopted in July) are posted on the California Arts Education Framework page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/cf/. The Arts Framework is being prepared for publication which includes the addition of special acknowledgements and other front matter and professional editing, and design. While the Arts Framework is being prepared for publication, educators can use the prepublication chapters to access the updated framework content.

California Department of Education – 2021 Instructional Materials Adoption

On September 22, the application period closed for Arts Education instructional materials reviewers. Applicants will be evaluated, then selected reviewers will be recommended to the Instructional Quality Commission at its November meeting. The State Board of Education will ultimately appoint reviewers at its January meeting. Selected participants will participate in a week-long training in April, with adoption deliberations to follow in July. The CDE will invite publishers to submit in late January.

CREATE CA – Create the Vote

This November, there are school board elections up and down the state and important propositions that will impact the future of arts education in California. Here you’ll find free resources to GET OUT THE VOTE in your community!

As an arts education leader, you are in the unique position to hear about any rumblings of cuts to arts education in districts. We are here to help. Two recent attempts to cut the arts were reversed by simple actions from Create CA and its partners as part of our rapid response plan. It was friendly, fast and easy. And the communication was punctuated by directing that district back to their County arts coordinator as an invaluable resource. Please feel free to reach out to Pat Wayne at pwayne@createca.net for details and support.

CREATE CA – Join the Movement

As California’s largest statewide coalition dedicated to the arts in schools, we raise public awareness to ensure creativity is a priority in public education. Every student needs a full and relevant arts education. In a state with one of the world’s largest creative economies, the arts are essential. Without equitable access to arts education, California’s students are not reaching their full potential. Join us to make sure every California School is a creative school.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Adopts New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education

Blueprint Contains Strategies for Increasing Arts Education in School, After School, and in Communities, Including Juvenile Justice, Foster Youth, and Workforce Development Systems

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion today to adopt the Arts for All Children, Youth, and Families: Los Angeles County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which aims to bring arts education to young people throughout LA County. The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (Arts and Culture) and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective (Arts Ed Collective) developed the Blueprint, which calls for arts learning to happen both in and outside of school, throughout communities, and in juvenile justice, foster youth, and workforce development systems.



Americans for the Arts – #artscreatehope

Can you remember a time when we’ve needed the arts more? As we struggle each day with the pandemic and fight harder for racial equity, the arts are there to support us. We listen to music, we read, we make chalk drawings with our kids. We play video games, we dance in our living rooms, and watch movies and TV. We practice the guitar, take Instagram photos, and we create posters to carry in protest.

The arts are working overtime in every community, household, and family, doing what they do best: connecting us, giving us needed moments of joy, and most of all creating hope. #ArtsCreateHope 

The Kennedy Center – Digital Resources

For educators looking to infuse the arts into their educational practices, we’ve developed a robust collection of hundreds of digital learning resources: lessons, articles, performance guides, how-tos and much more.

For the Home and Classroom
Resource Collections: Resources from our collection, arranged by topic
For Students
Media & Interactives: Featured content and media for students of all ages
For Educators
Articles & How-To’s: Practical, creative ways to bring the arts into your classroom
For the Classroom
Lessons & Activities: Arts-centered, standards-based resources for in and out of school

National Endowment for the ARTS – New Publication Release

This month the National Endowment for the Arts released “Why We Engage: Attending, Creating and Performing Art,” a report that identifies motivations and barriers for adults in deciding whether to participate in arts activities. Analyzing data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and the 2016 General Social Survey, this report may be particularly helpful to arts organizations, funders and policymakers when considering improvements in program effectiveness and arts activities access for all Americans.

Professional Development Opportunities


UPDATE – Please note that events listed below are currently open for registration and that event organizers continue to monitor current federal and state health guidelines.


October 14, 2020
3:30-5:00 pm
Local Advocacy Webinar Series: Importance of Local Advocacy in School Board Races
Presented by the California Alliance for Arts Education

October 15, 2020
4:00-5:00 pm
Arts Empower Mega Rally
Presented in partnership by Arts Empower, CAEA-SDC, CMEA-SBS, SDTEA, SouthCAP

October 15, 2020
4:00 pm
Virtual Roundtable: Teaching Native American Studies in K-12
Presented by the California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

October 15, 2020
3:30 – 4:30 pm
VAPA Cultural Relevancy and the Arts
Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education

October 21, 2020 (each month)
4:00-5:30 pm
Community of Practice
Presented by Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Artspiration

October 22, 2020
3:30-5:00 pm
Local Advocacy Webinar Series: Rural Arts Education Strategies
Presented by the California Alliance for Arts Education and CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative

October 29, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Why Race? Workshop
Presented by the California Arts Council

October 29, 2020
3:30-5:00 pm
Arts Learning Community of Practice for Alameda County district/Site Leaders & Educators
Presented by the Alameda County Office of Education

October 29, 2020
5:00-6:30 pm
Trauma Informed Teaching Artists Fall Workshop Series 2020
Presented by the Butte County Office of Education
To register, contact Jennifer Spangler at jspangler@bcoe.org.


November 5, 2020
5:00-6:30 pm
Trauma Informed Teaching Artists Fall Workshop Series 2020
Sponsored by the Butte County Office of Education
To register, contact Jennifer Spangler at jspangler@bcoe.org.

November 6-7, 2020
8:00-1:00 pm
The Marion Cilker Conference for Arts in Education
Sponsored by Artspiration, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and SJSU/Connie L. Lurie College of Education

November 19, 2020
3:30-5:00 pm
Local Advocacy Webinar Series: Student Voices Campaign Launch
Presented by the California Alliance for Arts Education

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