CREATE CA Envisions Arts-Inclusive Education for All Californians

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 8:00am

Africa Everyday / Washburn art class tour by Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, on FlickrA coalition of nonprofit organizations and government agencies have joined together to form CREATE CA, a statewide movement to reform arts education in California.

CREATE CA, which stands for “Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate,” strives to examine the current state of arts education throughout the state with an eye toward broadening California’s overall educational vision.  To this end, members of a robust arts education task force—representing arts, culture, education, business, and government leaders from across the state—will contribute content for a new education policy document called Blueprint for Creative Schools: How Arts and Creative Education Can Transform California Classrooms.

As part of its collaborative work, the coalition is working on a shared action agenda for issues related to arts education in California, including:

  • Expansion of high school graduation requirements in arts subjects
  • Establishment of Dance and Theater teaching credentials (in addition to the current Visual Art and Music credentials)
  • Support for broad-based inclusion of arts and creative education in pre-service teacher preparation programs
  • A revamp of the school assessment system, including the work being done to create a school Creativity Index (i.e., SB 547, sponsored by State Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.)
  • Embedding of the arts with the Common Core State Standards
  • Strengthening the arts connections to Career Technical Education and Linked Learning/Multiple Pathways
  • Evaluation of possible ballot measures to raise education funding, including funds for arts education
  • Support for teacher continuing-education program in arts education
  • Engagement of parents in advocacy for arts education.

While CREATE CA maintains a statewide focus, many of its concerns and agenda items have resonance here in Los Angeles County.  The task force includes many county leaders and county arts education advocates, including:

Malissa Shriver - Santa Monica, California Arts Council, Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force Co-Chair
Jessica Bianchi, LA - Art Therapist, Aviva Family and Children's Services
James Catterall, LA – Principal Investigator, Center for Research on Creativity at CalArts
Kaileena Flores-Emnace, LA - Gallery Educator, Museum of Contemporary Art
Benjamin Gertner, LA – Principal, School of Communications, New Media & Technology, Roosevelt High School
Kristen Greer-Paglia, LA – Executive Director, Education and Programs, P.S. Arts
Shana Habel, LA – Los Angeles Unified School District
Frank Heuser, LA – Associate Professor of Music Education, UCLA
Amarpal Khanna, LA - Director of Visual and Performing Arts, ICEF Public Schools
Allison Kleinsteuber, LA – Visual Art Educator, Golden West High School
Susan Lafferty, Pasadena – Director of Education, The Huntington Library
Terry Lenihan, LA – Associate Professor in Art Education, Director of Teacher Preparation of Art, Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
Tami Lincoln, Sierra Madre – President, California Art Education Association (CAEA)
Robin Lithgow, LA – Administrative Coordinator, Arts Education Branch, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dain Olsen, LA – Co-Founder/Instructor in Media Arts, ArtLAB High School
Adam Philipson, Santa Clarita – Managing Director, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
Janice Pober, LA - Senior Vice President Global Corporate Social Responsibility, SONY Pictures Entertainment
Travis Preston, Santa Clarita – Dean, School of Theater, California Institute of the Arts
Susan Raudry, LA – Principal, Accelerated Charter Elementary School (ACES)
David Sears, LA – Senior Director of Education, The Grammy Foundation
Raymond Shields, Compton – General manager, Social Enterprise Division, Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Amy Shimson-Santo, LA – Lecturer and Visiting Scholar, University of California, Irvine
Mark Slavkin, LA – Vice-President for Education, Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County
Kimber Smith, LA – Director, Blacksmith Creative
Craig Watson, South Pasadena, Director, California Arts Council
Shannon Wilkins, LA – Consultant in Charge of Educational Leadership and Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Office of Education

CREATE CA is supported in part by sponsorships or significant contributions from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company.

Photo: Africa Everyday / Washburn art class tour by Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, on Flickr.