Upcoming Pasadena Candidate Forums

Upcoming Pasadena Candidate Forums

Mon, 01/31/2011 (All day)
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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 (

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 5

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 5

Candidate order: Henry C. Brown, D’Artagnan Scorza

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education - District 5 will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

1 seat is available in this election.

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

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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I was fortunate enough to have grown up in a household with an artist. My mother was a fantastic singer and in the 9th grade in high school, I was able to study the piano. I had gotten pretty good until our music program was cut and my family couldn’t afford to purchase a keyboard or lessons so I could practice at home. I loved learning music and for a second, was good at it. These experiences taught me the value of music education, art and investing in our schools. Because art and music programs are underfunded, many children go without opportunities to become the next Mozart, Paul Robeson or Fela. My commitment is to ensure that all children have access to music and art education, regardless of where they live or how much their families make.

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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 drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Research has demonstrated that art education increases interest in school, supports positive identity development, has academic benefits and can even help increase attendance, especially in the morning. We've known for years that students have different ways of learning and art instruction unlocks the potential of each and every student. Providing students with a creative way to express themselves and engage the world will give them the edge they need to succeed in school and in life. It also provides opportunities to earn a living in the multi-billion dollar creative industry and to create change as they find the power of their voice.

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Question 3: Inglewood USD district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and the weaknesses of the plan? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Inglewood Unified School District’s efforts to advance arts and music education with stronger visual and performance arts programming is commendable. However, the district has been challenged with sustaining those efforts, including the arts plan, because of the constant changes in district leadership and the lack of resources. My goal is to restore a focus on arts education and provide leadership that finds a place to incorporate arts and music programming into curriculum and instruction.

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Question 4: How can your district make the Inglewood USD arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Inglewood Unified School District can ensure that the plan is made publicly available through various mechanisms (such as the website, at school sites, etc.) and ensure that our community has access to it. We can also give presentations at PTA meetings, host forums and incorporate the plan in our school site council meetings. We can also the various activities called for in the plan with a goal to garner feedback on our progress.

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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? (Approximately 75-100)

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As a result of the shift in funding because LCFF, school districts like Inglewood are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the additional funding and support for the arts through the LCAP. Arts can help improve achievement, student engagement and climate, as well as, provide facility enhancements through visual and performing arts centers. It can further encourage parental involvement and strengthen the pipeline to higher education as we produce artists, musicians and scholars who lead the way in the creative industry.

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 4

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 4

Candidate order: Margaret Evans, Darius Leevy, Graciela Patino, Rene Talbott

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education - District 4 will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

1 seat is available in this election.

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

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

I took piano lessons as a little girl growing up. I wish I had stayed with it. I can only play one song that I remember from back then. I love listening to musicians who play the piano and organ and wish that I could do the same. I attended all of our school concerts because I had brothers in the band. Now that I'm an adult, I have developed an enjoyment of reading and going to movies about books I've read. I enjoy stage plays and musicals. As a former school administrator, I supported my students by attending all of their plays and concerts. I belonged to an organization that had an arts facet. We mentored students in Inglewood to produce photographs and exhibit their artwork to the community.

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The most meaningful and lasting experience I had with Art was in middle school. Taking PE was a prerequisite for graduation. My school adopted alternatives to traditional PE. I selected what was titled coeducational dance. Both males and females attended this class. We learned dances from several cultures including polka, foxtrot, swing and square dancing. The dance most favored was square dancing. Our class received recognition and we went on to perform in public, off-campus and in competition. These experiences changed my life dramatically. I was shy and withdrawn. Dance gave confidence and esteem. After two years I developed the necessary creativity and confidence to successfully campaign and was elected class president.

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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 drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? (Approximately 75-100 words)

Creativity can play a key role in reducing the drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing students for college. Students who are involved in activities tend to want to remain eligible grade wise so they can continue to participate in their extra-curricular activities. They have to no only put forth effort to perform in whatever activity in which they are involved, but they have to also keep up with their studies. One is dependent on the other. Students who are in performing arts in school tend to continue after graduation.

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A quality education is one in which students are prepared to take their part in the world in whatever areas they pursue. Because America is forever evolving the arts prepare students for thinking outside the box. America demands creativity in order to form a more perfect union as human beings. Technology relies upon unmeasurable imagination and talent to improve the quality of life and help solve life's mysteries. When students see their education is in sync with their life experiences they are more than likely to stay in school that celebrates their culture. When children experience education they can relate to children will look forward to continuing education beyond high school with a thirst for what their education has to bring.

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Question 3: Inglewood USD district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and the weaknesses of the plan? (Approximately 75-100 words)

I feel it can't hurt and arts help to develop more well rounded individuals. I realize that some arts programs may have been dissolved because of budget cuts, but those programs need to be put back into the curriculum.The benefits of art outweighs not having it in schools.

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I believe art education is being made a permanent core curriculum in many school districts throughout California. Inglewood Unified School District recognizes the value of the arts as a necessity to student learning. Human growth and development leave no question that the formative years of our students are in many cases the most creative years. As students grow so does their imagination to shaped the world around them in their image through such expressions as drawing, photography, dance, music both instrumental and vocal, etc. For districts to be responsive to human needs of expression the arts must become part of a core curriculum.

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Question 4: How can your district make the Inglewood USD arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

First it has to be part of the school's curriculum. Once students are involved, parents are involved. We have to then showcase students' work to the community with art shows, concerts, plays, etc. The community needs to see where and how money is being spent and showcasing their talents would be a good start. We live in a town that has produced many talented actors, sports figures, and the like. Getting some of them to give back to not only their schools but to other schools to help produce more talent would make our communities more visible.

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The way to move Inglewood Unified School Districts plan for sequential Arts education into the district's core curriculum and visible to parents and leaders in the community will reflect the commitment of its educators and administrators. The administrator's job is to produce curriculum that challenges the educational spirit of its educators. The educators job is to make the curriculum relevant to those cultural experiences of its students while challenging students to go beyond what they are familiar with and embrace the wonderment of creative expressions by having students think outside the box.

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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? (Approximately 75-100)

Arts education can align with the eight priority areas in that it can help increase student attendance rates if they have a reason to come to school other than just academics. It could help with student performance on tests because they have become more interactive with other students, especially in the performing arts. Students may not get into trouble because they have something to look forward to during and after the school day. Arts education must be part of the curriculum and interact with common core instruction.

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Art education can be crafted to be a solid fit within the eight new priority areas. What is required is for administrators to develop a curriculum that incorporates various arts to illustrate for students various ways to understand the subject matter. When learning is fun children automatically want to have more fun. More fun means greater learning and greater learning prepares children for success in schools of higher learning or to enter the world of work bringing to the workplace higher levels of competency.

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 3

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 3

Candidate order: Melody O. Ngaue-Tuuholoaki

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Inglewood Unified School Board District 3 will be held on Tuesday, March 3.

1 seat is 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.

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Question 3: Inglewood USD district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and the weaknesses of the plan? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Question 4: How can your district make the Inglewood USD arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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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? (Approximately 75-100)

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 1

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood Unified School District 1

Candidate order: Dionne Young Faulk, Margaret Richards-Bowers

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education - District 1 will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

1 seat is available in this election.

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

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Growing up on an island in the Caribbean, I was exposed to annual Sunday School Recitation events which really stimulated my memory. I continued in secondary school singing in every concert and performing in Shakespeare plays. First, I was the mischievous "Puck" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and was delighted at the opportunity. I was also "Juliet" in Romeo and Juliet. These early experiences gave me the confidence to excel in school and to help me emerge from my intense shyness. In college, here in Los Angeles, I had the audacity, with my British-Caribbean accent, to play Marietta, the sixteen year old Southern girl in Langston Hughes' Tambourines to Glory. That's the kind of confidence that exposure to the Arts instills in young people. On any given moonlit night, I can still hear Marietta singing, "moon outside my window, don't look down on me ….."

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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 drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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When students find their voice, and explore their creative abilities, they feel a part of something, a sense of belonging, and they begin to see the possibilities. The central role that Arts play in the development of the whole student, and in sparking students' creativity, lends itself to addressing critical issues faced by school districts, such as closing the achievement gap, reducing the drop out rate, and preparing more students for college.

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Question 3: Inglewood Unified School District has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and the weaknesses of the plan? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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I have not seen the plan to restore arts education into the core curriculum, so I cannot evaluate its strengths or weaknesses. I do know that my school district is faced with financial challenges and is under State receivership. According to the A-G Course list, there are approved visual and performing arts courses taught in some schools. One of my priorities is to ensure that we secure funding sources for the Arts and to ensure that when cuts are made, the Arts are recognized as a vital part of the curriculum that ensures student success.

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Question 4: How can your district make the Inglewood Unified School District arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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To make the arts education plan more more visible to parents and community leaders, the school district can emphasize it in the same manner it does STEM. By placing the same value on Arts education, we raise awareness about its importance in student success. Parents and community leaders should be able to go the district's website and view the arts education plan, and the progress on the plan. The school district should invest in annual Art performances / shows by students for the community. These performances should show the progression of the Arts program as students mature. This would take collaboration with stakeholders but it is necessary if we are to advance the important role of Arts in education and student outcomes.

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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? (Approximately 75-100)

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I see arts education, once fully incorporated into the core curriculum, well positioned to align with the district's goals and actions in each of the new priority areas: Basic Services, Common Core Standards, Parent Involvement, Student Achievement and Engagement, School Climate, Access to a Broad Curriculum, and other School Outcomes

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Treasurer

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Treasurer

Candidate order: Wanda M. Brown

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Voting for Inglewood City Treasurer will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

1 seat is available in this election.

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

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Council District 3

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Council District 3

Candidate order: James K. Marcantel, Eloy Morales Jr., James Spencer

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Voting for Inglewood City Council District 3 will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

1 seat is available in this election.

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

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

I loved music and loved art.

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I loved drama and music. What I enjoyed about both of them was it gave me a chance for self expression, in addition a chance to improve my level of confidence more importantly a chance to compete and be in tune to my total being. This should be made a requirement for all schools K-12. I recalled an experience when I was lead in a singing class and we had to change our entire approach and songs, because the sound systems were not working. We had very little time to adjust.We were under pressure and we excelled. We were applauded for our outstanding efforts and creativity.

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

I think the classes should be smaller to give the teacher a chance to teach the student better and for those that need more assistance. And to get the parents more involved

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The number 1 role, I believe creativity can play in supporting key priorities is developing a plan that will focus on Self Improvement. Once you understand your purpose and your power you will begin to change. Education is extremely important but once I take myself and set goals and timelines everything else becomes important. My creative approach will focus on 4 areas : 1. Self Development 2. Self Analysis 3. Self Awareness 4. Self Respect

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

I think art is good for the students. The downfall is no funding to support the arts programs.

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I feel that the initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum is the first step. Once restored the strengths of Arts and self expression will be displayed on a continuous basis. (HOW)? Thinking out of the box and using creativity options to express self and to feel a sense of self worth . The weakness of the plan is there isn't enough of marketing behind the plan. We have to be be able to show the power of arts. Our commitment level of this initiative has to be made clear and concise.

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

I think finding out how to raise money for the schools for art classes.

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My district can make arts education plan and its progress on the plan more visible by getting students involved with the process. Times are changing and we have not embraced change. We have changed through social media and we can connect around the world and arts has to address the desire to connect the world to our school systems. The education plan and its progress can become universal. Again, its all about creativity and self expression. Parents will get behind the plan once the teachers and community get behind it.

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Clerk

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Clerk

Candidate order: Yvonne Horton, Kesha Mitchell

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Voting for Inglewood City Clerk will be held on Tuesday, April 7

1 seat is available in this election.

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

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Glendale Unified School District Governing Board

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Glendale Unified School District Governing Board

Candidate order: Kevin Cordova-Brookey, Jennifer Freemon, Todd Hunt, Nayiri Nahabedian, Vahik Satoorian

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Glendale Unified School District Governing Board will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

2 seats are available in this election.

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

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

In 1982, the movie musical ANNIE was in theatres. You know the one with Albert Finney, Carol Burnet? I was 9 years old and my father took me to see that movie. I remember watching Aileen Quinn up there on that screen and I remember thinking “I wanna do that”. It had a profound impact on me cause that is when my love of musicals started. I would sing along with the soundtrack and pretend I was up in the movie singing and dancing. Later in life I found myself singing and dancing in shows just like I said I wanted to do so many years before.

I started playing clarinet in the elementary school band. By the time I was in high school, I was playing baritone horn and cello. Through my participation in the school band I had amazing, unique opportunities. I learned how to stage a full blown production as we did an intricate pops concert every year, I traveled throughout the state of California as I participated in regional and state level honor bands. I worked side by side with my friends, learning teamwork and how to raise the level of a group by working to positively push each other. The experience left me a better organized, more creative, more collaborative human being.

When I think about my art classes in elementary school, I think about my dad. He was rarely involved with my school experience, but when it came to art projects and art home work (We did have art home work where I grew up.), my dad was right next to me after a long day at work. Together, we were completely consumed with the many projects over the several years of elementary school. I had my dad all to myself for and I was content.

When I think about my art classes in elementary school, I think about my dad. He was rarely involved with my school experience, but when it came to art projects and art home work (We did have art home work where I grew up.), my dad was right next to me after a long day at work. Together, we were completely consumed with the many projects over the several years of elementary school. I had my dad all to myself for and I was content.

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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 drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? (Approximately 75-100 words)

For the last five years I have overseen the PTA Reflections Program for Crescenta Valley High School, Glendale Council PTA and 1st District PTA. It is a national arts program that allows students to reflect on a theme and produce a piece of art in the categories of Dance, Music, Literature, Visual Arts, Film and Photography. It gives every child and opportunity to be creative. This year I had a student from Nidorf Juvenile Hall School in LA submit a piece of art and he one 2nd Place overall for 1st District PTA. This student now sees that because of his creativity there is opportunity outside the walls of the school he is lock up in. When you dream and let your creativity shine, the possibilities are endless.

Not all students are easily engaged in traditional education. Arts education provides a hugely meaningful way to engage students in non traditional avenues. The student who hates English class may find a love of literature building sets for the school production of Romeo and Juliet. The student slouching in the back of the class, may find a mentor and guide in the ceramics class teacher with whom he has created a strong connection. The arts provide new ways for students to be successful in school that may then be translated to the skills needed to be successful in other areas of school as well.

Creativity is crucial! I believe students learn best when they're engaged in the instructional process. No matter the subject, when a lesson is creatively presented the students absorb the material to a much higher degree. Another way to think of it is that an engaged student is an achieving student. Therefore, engaged student's grades/scores should rise - helping to close the achievement gap. Engaged students should be less likely to drop out. Engaged students are more prepared to attend college or get a job out of high school. Creative classes and instruction can make a huge difference in the learning experiences of our students, and positively impact their future.

As your Board of Education Member, I have been a strong advocate of the visual and performing arts. When I was growing up, drawing, painting, theater, poetry and music were a consistent part of my school experience and they mattered a great deal! Today, we know beyond any doubt the benefits the arts provide in the social, emotional and academic achievement of our students. That is why at Glendale Unified we have protected art and music, maintaining instrumental music programs in elementary schools, world-class drama programs, and our national award-winning High School Jazz and High School Dance programs.

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Question 3: Glendale USD district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and the weaknesses of the plan? (Approximately 75-100 words)

The strength of the plan is the sheer awareness of the importance of arts education in our schools. GUSD does an exceptional job in keeping ARTS a priority. Funding is the weakness. We need to advocate for better funding from our State in order to keep our arts programs sustainable. I am on the Local Control Accountability Plan Committee for the District and when we set our goals one of the priorities was arts education. We will continue to make sure that arts education is always a priority because we see the effects it has on our student’s success in other areas of their education.

Funding will continue to be the Achile’s Heel for any arts initiative in public education. To overcome it requires a district that understands how excellent art programs have the ability to mitigate and reduce the need for other intervention programs. Art education is essential to increasing creativity, engagement, and interest in education in general.

I believe integrating the arts into the entire K-12 curriculum is a great thing. The strengths are creating a consistent, year-over-year exposure to the arts for the student's K-12 journey, providing consistent opportunities for students to explore and create art in all its forms, creatively learning subject matter that engages the students. The weaknesses are adapting curriculum to incorporate the arts in traditionally non-art subjects, encouraging and supporting teachers to find creative methods of presenting their lesson plans, consistently integrating the arts throughout the district.

Students vary in their talents, interests and learning styles. Anything we can do to expand their opportunities to be good at something, to thrive in one area, or to be engaged in the curriculum is our responsibility. This will go a long way to help more students succeed. To the extent that we shift any curriculum, there are growing pains. For example, as a Board Member, I must make sure that our teachers have the resources they need and that they are prepared to carry out the curriculum.

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Question 4: How can your district make the Glendale USD arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

Each year we hold an Honors Music Festival consisting of over 200 of our student musicians from our Elementary Schools. Our Board of Education each year along with PTA Honors those who have participated in the Reflections Art Program. With that said we could do better about promoting our arts programs in general. We could do monthly updates on concerts from both music and choral departments at all of our schools. We could hold Visual and Performing Arts nights during the school year to highlight all the arts programs at our schools. The more light we shine on these programs the more we engage not only our community but also our students in what we are doing.

Communication is always a challenge. The more we showcase special programs like district honor bands, the more the community becomes aware that amazing programs are happening in the district. We can continue to find ways to highlight particular programs at a district level and collaborate with the site PTA to showcase projects and programs in each individual school.

I'm a community-focused person.There's no better way to increase visibility and awareness of the arts in our schools than by taking the art to the community. We need to partner with local government, businesses, service groups, and non-profits to create opportunities for students to perform at their events, display their artwork, host/underwrite art competitions, and promote school-based events such as musical and theatrical performances. As the community is able to see and hear what our students are capable of, the opportunities for increased visibility, support, and patronage of the arts should become a reality.

At Glendale Unified, we have been successful in protecting and expanding the arts even in a terrible budget crisis. Our national award winning Glendale High School Dance Team was selected from across the U.S to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the New Year’s Day Rose Parade. We were so proud of all our 90 students that morning! I’m also proud of our Hoover High Jazz Band, Marching Band and Symphonic Winds. They are regionally and nationally recognized. We highlight our arts achievement regularly; we can and should be more explicit of our arts education plan on the LCAP.

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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? (Approximately 75-100)

Arts education in my opinion aligns perfectly with the eight priorities. Arts education improves student achievement and engagement and provides a great opportunity for parent involvement. It is offered to all students and sets a great tone for a safe school climate. Our LCAP Committee has made arts a major priority when it comes to the LCFF.

Arts education easily lines up with the priority areas. The areas are all about increasing critical thinking and engagement at deeper levels. Art education naturally moves in that direction. There is plenty of research to support the links between quality art education and creativity. I believe art education is a natural fit for the movement of the LCAP formulas and priorities.

I believe arts education aligns with the primary student-related LCFF priorities. Assuming that a sequential arts education is implemented, arts education aligns well as it relates to Student Engagement, Student Achievement, Course Access, and School Climate. Not student related but still closely aligned is Parental Involvement because involved parents are crucial to successful arts education. Alignment with Common Core may be problematic. The other two priorities, Basic Services and Other Student Outcomes are non-specific and, therefore, difficult to determine alignment.

The connections between art education and the Common Core standards are possible. We must be alert and mindful of all the possibilities such as: using art courses to develop language skills; creating artwork to learn historical time periods; and using technology in arts instruction. Engaging and instructing our students in a multi-discplinary manner, where the arts embody or augment the subject matter, allows students to view their subject matter from different perspectives and helps them excel.

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Glendale City Council District

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Glendale City Council District

Candidate order: Paula Devine, Edith Fuentes, Vartan Gharpetian, Chahe Keuroghelian, Evelyne Poghosyan, Erik Yesayan, Dave Weaver

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Voting for Glendale City Council District will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

2 seats are available in this election.

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

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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My most meaningful arts and culture experience growing up was being a member of our "folk dance" group, both in elementary and high school. The cultural dances we presented told so much history and many stories behind each one of them. I enjoyed them a lot. In high school, I joined our Glee Club Choir and participated in different arts and photography competitions among schools.

My father was a very talented carpenter. When I was a child I really didn't realize how artistic and difficult his job was until I turned 13 years old and he taught me how to make my first wooden scooter. It was then when I started appreciating his woodwork and his talent as a master carpenter. My father passed away when I was in my 20's, and I still remember the beautiful furniture pieces which we made together and our family cherished them for many years. In my adult life, I have incorporated art into my life by collecting historic artifacts and memorabilia. I enjoy going to art and antique shows with my kids.

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I played in the Nutcracker when I was in grade school. It was the first and only major theatre performance I was ever part of. I learned so much about what it means to be a performer as part of a full scale production. The play was performed at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. In high school, I organized a mural project at my kindergarten playground at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School as part of my Eagle Scout community project. It was the first actual art project that I led. The whole experience was very rewarding experience for me. I learned the value of having great public art to beautify it surrounding environment.

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The City Council should be a strong advocate, if not one of the leading agencies, in the development of the region's cultural infrastructure. I am all for bringing about Awareness, Advocacy and Action for the region's cultural infrastructure!

Glendale has a unique opportunity to become an arts and cultural hub in Southern California using its historic resources in more efficient way such as Alex Theater and Civic Auditorium. The value of art in our daily lives is something that we all take for granted. The City Council should do anything in its power to support and strengthen the arts and cultural infrastructure and work strongly towards encouraging and helping local cultural organizations and artists. I am not sure who wrote this quote, but it is one of my favorite ones: 'The Earth without 'art' is just 'eh.'

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There are many studies that show an investment in arts has a huge return in economic value. People are drawn to art because it can make you appreciate life more. The City Council can direct investments in art galleries, museums, street murals, and festivals. All of these things can benefit the city because it would make a more enriching place to live and visit.

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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I will fight to make sure we set aside some funding for local arts and culture. This may take looking at what funding we used to have, what we have now, and what we can do to improve and increase the funds: such as collaborations with other organizations, partnership with big corporations or firms, community input and support and fees from development applications.

We need to support and allow our local cultural organizations and artists by allocating more funds for arts and culture. We have a beautiful culturally rich community and it is extremely vital for our residents and our new generation to be exposed to different traditions and cultures. It would be great to work with our school district to have our young generation be more involved in arts and cultural events. I would love for our city to organize a Talent Show showcasing the talents of our residents.

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With the dissolution of the redevelopment agency, it is paramount that we find ways to fund arts programming. I support the passage of Measure O which would levy a marginal tax on hotel visitors in order to pay for things like arts programming. I also support the continuation of a 1% tax (and possibly more) on new developments to fund activities and projects related to the arts.

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AWARENESS - make sure everyone is on board and well-educated of the importance of creative economy. Educate! ADVOCACY - the City should set an example and be a role model - what we ask of others, we should be able to do ourselves. Advocate via examples. ACTION - reach out to the community. Get people involved so they take pride and ownership of the success!

As a council member, I would invest in projects which would generate revenues for the city, by giving incentives to businesses with high paying jobs to move to Glendale. I believe our city should do a lot more outreach to our local artists. Annual or semiannual arts and cultural shows is a great way of involving local artists and encouraging our residents specially children and youth to appreciate art more.

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1. Increase opportunities and incentives for the creation of new museums, art galleries, special art exhibits, and art festivals in Glendale. 2. Centralize arts programming with the Glendale Arts and continue to promote the Alex Theatre as a world class performing art and entertainment center. 3. Create incubation centers for emerging artists to collaborate on new ventures and projects.

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