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Democracy is a Practice: Students Visit Capitol Hill

Democracy is more than an ideal. It is a practice. And there are perhaps no better places to practice than in school and in the United States Senate. Below, Amy Shimshon-Santo (Head of the Arts Management MA program in Los Angeles) reflects on her recent field study trip to Washington D.C. with students.

 

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Let us know what you thought about ArtsDay LA 2018!

ARTS ADVOCATES! Do you have feedback for us about ArtsDay LA 2018? Let us know what you thought so we can make sure the event gets better with each passing year! We take your feedback seriously, and make adjustments to account for what can be done better!

 

Take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/artsdayla_2018

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The LA County Board of Supervisors Adopts the Student Bill of Rights!

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We started off ArtsMonth with a groundbreaking policy change!

On Tuesday, April 4th the LA County Board of Supervisors became the FIRST EVER to adopt a Student Bill of Rights, ensuringequitable arts access for all students in the region! High School students Yaya Gomez and Bethlehem Seifu gave public comment at the meeting, and their words were inspiring and emotional. Arts for LA staff was proud to train these two young leaders through the CTG Student Ambassadors Program. 

 

 

 

Watch the Adoption below!

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ArtsDay LA 2018 Photos Up Now!

With 200+ advocates in attendance, unanimous council support, and productive delegates visits, this was our most successful ArtsDay LA to date! Thank you to all of the dedicated arts advocates, volunteers, and speakers who attended!

 

Check out our photos HERE!

 

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ArtsDay Santa Monica 2018

On Tuesday, April 10, the City of Santa Monica hosted ArtsDay Santa Monica! The theme of the event was an Ode to Arts & Culture in Santa Monica, and featured performances by Santa Monica based artists Luis Alfaro, Dan Kwong, and singer/songwriter Julia Paymer of Downbeat 720. We particularly loved the beautiful ArtsDay Proclamation, written by poet Luis Alfaro!

Read the Proclamation below:

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Follow @arts4la on Instagram for Regular Job Listings Updates

Are you a regular on our Job Listings page? Now you can get updates on new job listings as soon as they're posted by following @arts4la on Instagram!

We post new listings in our insta story daily -- it's a quick and easy way to stay updated on the go! No more hitting refresh and waiting around!

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Save the NEA 2018

From the Americans for the Arts Arts Action Center:

On February 12th, President Trump released his FY 2019 budget request. His request unfortunately repeats many of the same, misguided ideas of his last budget proposal--ideas that were met with a resounding rejection from Congress last year.

His request includes the termination of our nation's cultural grant-making agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The proposed budget ignores the fact that Congress soundly rejected this same attempt last year to terminate the nation's cultural agencies. 

To recap, Congress is still working to finish FY 2018 funding, even while FY 2019 is underway.

  • On November 20, 2017, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee fully restored the funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $150 million each for FY 2018.
  • In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the appropriations bill that included $145 million for the NEA and NEH.
  • Final FY 2018 funding is anticipated by March 23rd, the date current funding is set to expire, as part of the short-term funding patches Congress is passing while working to write final funding bills.

Now is a critical moment in the process. Ask your congressional delegation for support of the NEA at least $150 million for FY 2018, and $155 million for FY 2019.

Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state, and local levels that the arts matter. Take two minutes now to#SAVEtheNEA by joining Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund members in sending a unified message to Congress to restore full funding to the NEA and NEH.

Check out the video from our Artists Committee members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kal Penn, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, and Julie Andrews, which has been viewed over 1 million times, and then take two minutes to send your message below. Thank you!

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Watch: California Candidates at USC Town Hall

Watch: California Candidates at USC Town Hall

Empowerment Congress, Saturday Jan 13th, 2018

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-watch-california-candidates-for-1515861160-htmlstory.html

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Study on Arts-Rich Preschool Shows Benefit of Arts Integration

by Tom Jacobs, Senior Staff Writer of Pacific Standard

A new study identifies a uniquely effective way to impart this foundational knowledge: immersion in the arts.

It reports low-income children who attended a Head Start program experienced a more robust rise in readiness if their program included daily music, dance, and visual arts classes.

The results "support the broad educational value of the arts," writes a research team led by psychologist Eleanor Brown of West Chester University. "Our findings indicate that the arts may hold value not only for art's sake, but also for advancing children's overall school readiness."

Read the full article from the Pacific Standard Magazine

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There's More Arts Education than You Might Expect, But Not For Everyone

Read or listen to the full KPCC piece HERE.

by Carla Javier, Arts Education Reporter KPCC 

More arts education is being offered to more students than previously assumed – 89.6 percent of elementary schools–and 92.7 percent of secondary schools–offer at least some arts instruction during the school day to students. 

That's according to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's arts education arm's recently-released county-wide survey of schools and districts' arts education offerings. 

The findings were surprising to many advocates, given a common perception that the arts are often the first to go when schools have limited funds. 

"We now know with the data that is not the case," said Denise Grande, head of the LA County Arts Ed Collective. "If every parent or every stakeholder looks at what's happening in their neighborhood school, they can walk in from a place of strength and say, 'There are lots of other schools in our district that are doing this well. Let's look at those schools for examples of how that work can happen for my children in my school.'"

While the study didn't look into causes for the unexpectedly high number of arts education offerings, Grande said she thinks efforts by schools and districts to increase their arts offerings likely played a part.

"Some districts cut the arts. Many others did not," Grande explained. "And in the middle of that is this idea that over the past five years many districts have been working hard to increase what [arts instruction] was already in place."

Another possible explanation, according to Grande: increases in funding.

"We know that as more money has been flowing into the school system since Proposition 30 [a ballot measure that sent money to public schools]," Grande said. "Districts are continuing to look for ways to increase arts education."

While the survey demonstrated a surprisingly high level of arts instruction happening in LA County schools, there's still work to do.

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