Upcoming Pasadena Candidate Forums

Mon, 01/31/2011 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Invest in PUSD Kids with the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a City Council & School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, February 2nd at Norma Coombs Alternative School Auditorium - 2600 Paloma Street, Pasadena (click for map). PUSD School Board Candidates will begin the forum at 6:30pm followed by the Pasadena City Council Candidates.

Also, on Thursday at Daniel Webster Elementary starting at 6:30 pm a PUSD Board Candidate forum will be held. For more information click here.

We encourage Pasadena residents to attend candidate forums and show their support for the arts in schools and civic life by posing a question about arts & culture in Pasadena and arts education in PUSD. Below please find sample questions to pose to candidates.

Arts for LA has asked the candidates the following questions for our soon to be released Survey:

 To City Council Candidates

  1. What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?
  2. What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?
  3. How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of the City's current funding stream for local arts and culture?
  4. What three things would you do to deepen the City's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, in-direct and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)

 To School Board Candidates

  1. 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?
  2. If you are not familiar with the plan, what do you think your district can and should do to make this work more visible?
  3. What role do you think the arts 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?
  4. In light of the current budget crisis, the state is now allowing local school districts flexibility to redirect their allocation from the “art and music block grant” to fund other local priorities. How would you balance the need to invest in arts education with the other financial challenges facing your district?
  5. What meaningful experiences with art (visual, dance, drama, music) did you have growing up? Please tell us about those experiences.

Choose one of the questions from above or ask your own. Arts for LA encourages advocates to take the opportunity to engage those running for office in the upcoming election.

If anyone knows of any other forums please contact us.