CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative has been working to build momentum for arts education in rural communities. Through foundation support, CCSSEA has been able to provide subgrants to rural counties to increase student access to arts education. These subgrants have supported developing strategic arts plans and/or implementing existing strategic arts plans as well as professional learning programs. A key component of building artistic literacy in rural communities has been implementing professional development focused on the California Arts Standards and developing rigorous arts integration strategies that can open the door for interdisciplinary learning in the arts.
Counties that have been part of the CCSESA Rural Grant Cohort include the following: Amador, Butte, Humboldt, Imperial, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Nevada, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Tulare County Offices of Education.
Click on the map below to learn more about these county offices of education representing different locations from across California and what work they have accomplished to build capacity for arts education. Special thanks to consultants Peggy Burt, Dr. Merryl Goldberg, Patty Taylor, and Jim Thomas for their partnership and expertise. We also acknowledge Create CA for supporting this effort. This collective work has been made possible through generous funding from the Stuart Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
To learn more about rural arts education, please access the Creativity at the Core Module 21: Creativity and Collaboration in Rural Communities developed by Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education.