Arts for LA Releases School Board Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

Arts for LA Releases School Board Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 10:03am

Photo: ArtsVoteLAWith an estimated $5.3 billion in educational funding set to invigorate California’s schools due to Proposition 30, school board leaders will be tasked with setting the priorities and direction for their schools’ future.  To help spark dialogue around arts and education issues, Arts for LA has distributed Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to every eligible candidate for election in 33 school district races throughout Lo

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Montebello Unified School District Special Election

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Montebello Unified School District Special Election

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.

The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

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

4 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: Edgar Cisneros, Paul Montoya, C. J. Salgado

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

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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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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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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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Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Montebello Unified School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Montebello Unified 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.

The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

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

4 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: Benjamin Cardenas, Hector A. Chacon, Lani Cupchoy, Gerri Guzman, Frank Thomas Morales, C. J. Salgado, Sonia Saucillo-Valencia

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

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Wow, I had lots of meaningful experiences with art growing up. The irony of it is that, well, I consider myself quite terrible at art. That is, I’m no artist. However, I’ve always had a strong appreciation for art and artist. To have the power to capture life’s fleeting moments or meanings in a painting, a sculpture, or any other media is a special gift. Growing up, I had siblings who had way more talent than I did with drawings, ceramics, etc. Oh, yea, I did play trumpet in my school band for many happy years! My grandfather was into wood whittling, often of figures influenced by his early life on a ranch in Mexico. I even wrote a story of him and art… http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2010/10/remembering-what-dia-de-los-muertos-is-all-about/

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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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Currently, our schools are super busy trying to implement the new Common Core State Standards. Creativity is one of the primary practices that this framework will embrace. My district also hopes to "better anchor, monitor, and to celebrate the work of every individual..." Clearly, creativity has a prominent place in supporting key priorities of the district. Tapping into a student's creativity can only make for better students and better outcomes over all. We are a creative creature and releasing our creativity amounts to us reaching that much closer to our full potentials. I played in my school band for years and learning the technical side of music, for example, helped me to better understand the sciences so much so that I went on to be a physicist. So art in its many forms not only helps us to appreciate and understand life but also live better, more satisfying lives. So, art belongs with our students from the beginning!

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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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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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Communications Central

This page will provide a central hub for resources related to Arts for LA's Communications Strategy for the five pilot Advocacy Teams, 2011/2012.

Files available for download include:

- Principles & Style Guide (AFLA's communications roadmap)

- Advocacy Best Practices (handy one-sheet; we also call it "Advocacy 101")

- Powerpoint presentation on the Communications Strategy, presented 10/17 at the LA Convergence to Pilot Team representatives

Thank the Montebello USD School Board for funding Arts Education

Thank the Montebello USD School Board for funding Arts Education

The Montebello Unified School District has a history of leadership in supporting the arts in our schools. In the coming weeks, Board members will face some tough budget decisions, and we want to let them know how much the community appreciates their ongoing commitment to arts education.

Arts Ed Advocates in Action

I have to admit, when we embarked on this process last fall it was hard to imagine that just a few months later, five teams in five school districts would be leading their own advocacy campaigns, and that so many individuals would be taking on leadership and figuring out how they can sustain their arts ed programs and their advocacy efforts into the future.

Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

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