Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Hawthorne School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Hawthorne School District

As part of its work to connect voters and candidates, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues related to arts education and its benefits.

Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values or our FAQ.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to submit new or revise existing responses, please contact Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Arts for LA thanks PS Arts for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Elections for Hawthorne School District will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

3 seats are available in this election. Elections are at large; voters may vote for any of the eligible candidates in this election.

For more information on where to vote, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder’s Office website.

If a candidate has not yet responded, please click on the candidate's name below to invite the candidate via email to participate.

Candidate order: Luciano A. Aguilar, Yaquelin Amador, Eugene M. Krank, Patricia Ann McCorvey, Sergio R. Mortara

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up?

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Growing up i was very involved in dance and drama. When I was 5 years old i was a member of a rhythm band. I had the opportunity to compete against other school bands, winning in multiple occasions , feeling proud and making my family proud as well. Even though school achievement was the most important participating in multiple art programs showed me character and discipline. Learned to be a team player and a leader at times. It was a great experience!!

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Question 2: What role do you think creativity can play in supporting key priorities of the district, such as reducing the dropout rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers?

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Creativity plays a key role in our schools and in our children's life. It develops a sense of belonging, exposing their ideas and being accepted with their multiple individualities and talents. Schools that offer their students a variety of art programs are more likely to keep them interested and willing to excel in the rest of school assignments. Creativity leaves important trades that will help our children to be successful in life.

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Question 3: Your district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the plan?

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Question 4: How can your district make your arts education plan and its progress on the plan more visible to parents and leaders in your community?

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Hawthorne School District has an excellent communication with parents and the community in general, we are always proud to show what our children are doing. We will like to continue doing so by always sending flyers or other information materials when there's a new art program available as well as any performance by our kids on or off campus. Parents respond very well to invitations to see their children shine and with that in mind we have made our schools very accessible.

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Question 5: In light of the new funding structure for school districts in the state (i.e. the Local Control Funding Formula), how do you see arts education aligning with the eight new priority areas?

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Arts for All and Arts for LA Announce Arts Education Support for LA County School Districts

Arts for All and Arts for LA Announce Arts Education Support for LA County School Districts

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 2:15pm

Photo: map of Arts for All and Arts for LA's current districtsArts for All, Los Angeles County’s collaborative effort to ensure curriculum in all public schools includes the arts, recently announced that four new districts and one charter school group have joined the initiative. Of the eighty-one school districts in the county, fifty-four are now part of Arts for All.