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

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona 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 Pomona Unified School District will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

3 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: Adrienne D. Konigar Macklin, John Mendoza Roberta A. Perlman, Andrew S. Wong

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

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I played violin for 12 years and participated in the all-borough orchestra in Brooklyn, New York. As an advanced music student, I was given the opportunity to travel to all areas of New York City, where we performed with other local orchestras. Through this endeavor, we bonded with students of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, and both literally and figuratively created beautiful music together.

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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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I was a champion for the arts in our district long before I was a school board member. I saw the arts transform the lives of many students. I witnessed those who struggled in academic pursuits with accompanying self-esteem issues, develop tremendous confidence by virtue of their superior performance in the arts. I have also witnessed students improve academic performance, graduate from high school, and pursue successful careers by virtue of the self discipline they learned pursuing artistic excellence. A creative school environment certainly provokes innovative ideas and thought processes. Many of the students in our district lead stressful lives, and expression through the arts can help mitigate these stresses. In spite of our economic constraints over the past few years, we have maintained thriving, award-winning music and art programs.

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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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There are positive and negative aspects to embedding arts instruction into the classroom. Because the culture of testing is so embedded in our education system, instruction is often geared toward the subjects that are being tested, and subjects such as art, science, and history may not be taught with the same degree of vigor. However, embedding arts into the curriculum indeed demonstrates that it is a subject that should receive no less emphasis than any other subject taught in the classroom.

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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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We have an extremely active arts community. We have numerous art galleries and have public arts programs for our students (chalk art festival, Saturday art walks twice a month, music festivals, public music performances). We have frequent concerts and art exhibits throughout our district and city. I believe our families are well aware of our commitment to the arts. We also have 2 orchestras within our city in which our students actively participate.

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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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It is obvious to those who interact with students, that visual and performing arts education improves student engagement. Many children identify with the arts and thusly are more engaged in school. This certainly helps attendance as well as dropout rate decline. Perseverance and discipline are inherent in success in the arts and students learn these qualities and apply them to other subjects, life skills, and careers. The importance of school climate and culture as they affect student engagement is well documented. A school where student art is displayed and there is an active music program will provide a creative environment that nurtures higher level thinking skills.

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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: Palmdale Unified School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Palmdale 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.

Arts for LA thanks the Museum of Art & History for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

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

3 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: Juan Carillo, Sandy Corrales, Jeffrey E. Ferrin, Stacy Fournier, David Markov, Jeffrey D. Moffat, Joyce Ricks, Nancy K. Smith, Carol A. Stanford, Michelle D. Whitaker, Don F. Wilson

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

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I have played a musical instrument since I was in 3rd grade. I played the harmonica, and transitioned to the Trumpet. Despite playing in competition events and religious services, it is not a single act of playing that has been significant in my life to the point of life changing; my Colorado high school band played at the Disney fairgrounds, and although that was significant it was not life changing. Music played a life changing part in my life, at the point in time I had a traumatic auto accident at age 13. The grim fact is that I was hit by a van, thrown nearly 100 feet in the air. I suffered brain trauma, brain swelling, as well as 13 broken bones. I was also in a coma for 9 days. I am convinced that the musical training I had, assisted my brain in recovering from the incident. I went from a life threatening point in my life, to one where I should have been a paraplegic. I am now a Tax and Social Security Attorney that has some recognition in those two fields, in part by the training my brain had via music.

During my growing years I was part of the drama class in Chicago we were poor but the Social Center in our area provided free classes to us. I loved acting and remember going on stage before my peers it was an exciting time. I was also part of a tap dance and modern dance class. My mother made sure I was gettign exposed to as many arts as I desired. When I went to High School I took band and learned a few notes on the clarinet. As an adult I realize the importance of a child expriencing these activities.

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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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Music and the arts are tied to creativity. Many individuals that drop out of school do so out of shear boredom. Music and Arts provide for individuals to see past their individual circumstances. A Reuters study came out, propounding over 80% of the individuals making $150,000 or more per year have studied music. In talking with several headhunters in the job industry, I was advised that separates the good from the excellent candidates is their ability to be creative; creativity is enhanced by exploring both arts and music. A statement made on comments of the ED.gov page summarize the global intelligence far more eloquently than comes naturally to me. In giving credit for the statement I totally agree with, here it is: “Research has shown that the arts contribute to the development of “Global Intelligence” because they engage the full brain in multi-dimensional “ways of knowing.” The artistic process integrates sensory knowing, emotional knowing, cognitive knowing and kinesthetic knowing into an afferent and co-informing whole. This signifies the height of human intelligence in action. This form of intelligence far surpasses the skills required to “take a test” and “get a job” although it enhances those capabilities as well. This is precisely what happens to our students when REAL art is made in classrooms under the guidance of a qualified art educator.”

I feel the districts have great responsibility in assuring our children with the right skills to help them achieve jobs & careers in this new age. First they need to have the nessesary tools in the classroom such as advanced technology. The school can become a place where children can come to for a safe haven if it has music, arts, drama available. Just like the social center I went to when I was a child . School should add more after school programs and classes that prepare our students for their future. In my district there are two elementray schools which offer Spanish to k-8 , why not all of the children since Spanish is a language that can help them in the work place as well. Programs of this sort would allow the children to make better choices and have less time for activities which may pull them out of school (drugs,alcohol,gangs etc) Building self esteem is a very important factor to lesson the dropout rate and providing adequate upto date technology are top priority.

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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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Palmdale School District in September 2013, was at the end of the Implementation Task for Developing and Implementing a curriculum. The implementation never happened, as was targeted in 2009-2013. The district simply created a spreadsheet for development and implementation that took the project from July 2008 through June 2013. The Arts have never been re-entered into the k-8 program for Palmdale School District, despite the 5 year plan being exhausted. The money spent on developing a curriculum, without any implementation is one of the many reasons I am disappointed with the School District, and have decided to run for office. The School District had been claiming it was short $16.7 million dollars, as recently as July 2013. Labor negotiations were breaking, and ultimately the District now has millions of dollars in excess revenues. It is my desire, that some of this money be used to implement the previously created curriculum to re-establish the Arts. The strength is that the ground work has been done, the weakness is that the arts have been one of the first programs on the chopping blocks during financial hard times. Now that millions of dollars have been found, creates strength in implementing a program that should have been implemented in part over 5 years ago; this delay has been a weakness.

The strengths of adding arts into the core curiculum is that children will be given an opportuntiy to explore their creative side thus less opportunity to find time to get into trouble. Also many times a child will talk with a coach before a regular teacher because of the difference in the enviorment they might feel safe. Also aggression is placed into the space where anger has been.

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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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I have a plan to add, Music, Arts and Sports, as well as a reading plan of the top 100 books back into the school system. Given that the community has over 420 community watch groups. If these watch groups were coordinated to also engage in activities other than crime prevention and neighborhood watch related events, such as arts promotion would explode in relevance and participation. As an example of the lack of coordination that exists in the school district, young adults competing in art rich activities such as pageants, crafts and band events are virtually unknown to the vast majority of the community. My wife has assisted in some of these events, and discovered that these events utterly failed to reach into the schools and the 420 community watch groups. With a coordinated effort the school could use programs already in existence, and attempt to expand the exposure from the handful that participate in the local events to reach the nearly 22,000 students in the community. By using the existing venues of the 420 watch groups as well as engaging events that already exist, the program will be more visible to the community as a whole.

To make this plan more visible they can advertise in the paper , televison and on social media. Keeping the C average is also a good thing for the children to have in order to participate in the programs.

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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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My wife has assisted in some of these events, and discovered that these events utterly failed to reach into the schools and the 420 community watch groups. With a coordinated effort the school could use programs already in existence, and attempt to expand the exposure from the handful that participate in the local events to reach the nearly 19,000 students in the community. The LCF program is generous in its funding for those on a Free and reduced Price Meal Percentage. Palmdale Elementary has 82.85% in this category, so additional funding should flow based on how this element is heavily weighted in the funding matrix for extra money. The Palmdale School District has a makeup of over 56% Hispanic population. The community has two duel immersion programs, one that my son attends, that ease the entry of English learners into the bilingual education program. Substantial funding is available through the LCF for English learners, which comes hand in hand with having a large population of individuals that are learning the English language. Palmdale Elementary has 29.73% listed as the English Learner percentage. In examining the funding the 2011-2012 Revenues derived from the ADA was $5,713. With the full implementation per ADA formula the funding will nearly double to $ 11,214. This vast increase in revenue should assist with activating and or restoring the many necessary programs that have been cut during the school districts reaction and response to the state fiscal crises.

Arts and education go together you must provide an opportunity for both and intergrate it inot the curriculum .

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Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Norwalk-La Mirada 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.

Arts for LA thanks the Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Elections for Norwalk-La Mirada 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: Darryl Rodney Adams, Ed Hengler, Salvador Limon, Sean M. Reagan, Margarita L. Rios, Ana Valencia, Mark Owen White

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

I have been blessed that my family has had deep roots in the art.. Three sisters played the clarinet, one sister was voted Most Talented in High School and studied drama in college. I took drama and co-wrote a skit in high school in Oakland that we performed for churches, school and community groups and we were slated to perform it for Coretta Scott King, but her visit was cut short.

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I thoroughly enjoyed performing (lip sync) songs from the Sound of Music on stage with friends as a 10 year-old during a benefit for the special education program where my mom taught. I also recall the exhilaration of being the lead in a community play while in Junior High. But the moments that still take my breath away were watching my little brother excel during plays in High School. Although we’re only one year apart, his dedication and passion for theater far surpassed mine, and was so impressive that the memory lives on vividly for me 20 years later. I’m now married to a filmmaker who writes, directs, sings, acts, and dances with tremendous skill, but also a zest for life that is amazingly contagious. The passion she devotes to her artistic career constantly inspires me to be the best I can at my chosen profession – teaching.

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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?

Arts is synonymous with student success. While we often view it as a co-curricular program, it needs to be part of the academic program. It instills confidence, provides for independent and group success and can cross into numerous careers or opportunities- There is a strong correlation between students remaining focused and artistic expression.

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Creativity provides a student with a disciplined way to pursue their passions while finding success and enjoyment in school. Not only does it enrich and open up new pathways in their mind, it creates a culture of success that synthesizes knowledge of the core subjects, as well as inspires passion and ingenuity that will guide that student forward to greater achievements in their college and career life. At its heart, creativity and the programs that enhance its cultivation create students that are more advanced, cohesive, and intellectual in every aspect of life.

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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?

One of the strengths of this program is we have buy in from both communities (middle school VAPA programs) tremendous Band, Drama programs, and while everyone in the country loves art, funding mechanisms are not in place to ensure that everyone has access. Our district has an Arts Coordinator, and we are one of the few, but it is essential.

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Since 2004, the NLMUSD has been implementing a far-reaching plan to improve arts education in our district. This plan is very strong and has already shown comprehensive improvements in music and visual arts teaching in K-12, still lacking is beneficial progress in the theater arts. Heading forward, there must always be advancement in the way arts education is implemented in our schools. This can be motivated through technologically smart choices in classroom resources and the best-trained teachers who encourage the utmost of inspiration, critical thinking, and dynamism in students across the socioeconomic spectrum.

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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?

Promotion and displaying the talented students in our district is but one way of making it more visible. Providing demonstrations at Council, PTA, community meetings is indeed another. We must share and celebrate these successes as our students deserve the very best when it comes to the opportunities. We must also ensure that the very young kids are exposed and provided with every opportunity to explore the arts.

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Progress can be made through an action plan which would encourage more advertisement in school bulletins and outward publications regarding the success of the various art programs of our schools, based in both numerical data and student testimony. As well, more visibility can be attained through public displays of the outcome of arts education, whether through school-sponsored art showings, film festivals, or musical concerts, etc. This can then be promoted in various means throughout the community via social media, newspaper publication, and partnerships with local organizations in the cities we serve.

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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?

I begin with the premise that your culture is your culture, and if one continues to treat the arts as the wicked stepchild, it will slowly become one. We have to embrace the opportunities that are presented in this. Arts are colorblind, have no significant economic preference and is not a gender based opportunity. You do not have to be too tall, short or extremely popular. It is in alignment with the new priorities and should be featured.

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Arts education is the catalyst to a culture of success, creating schools that surpass the expectations of standardized testing and common core standards. Arts are fundamental to student engagement and achievement, as shown by prestigious research. School climate is also improved as students become more dedicated to their education, while parental involvement improves as they see their children thriving. What will be a challenge in its implementation, but will greatly enhance the level of success in arts education, is allowing access to all students, supplying the best trained and supplied teachers, and finding the best resources for students for the betterment of themselves and the community.

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Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Mountain View 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.

Arts for LA thanks the Nuvein Foundation for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Elections for Mountain View School District will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

3 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: Adam Carlos Carranza, Christian Diaz, Ana Gonzalez**, Robert L. Griffith, Veronica Sifuentes, Alfonso Somilleda

**Candidate has no email address available; contact the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder's Office for contact info

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

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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 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: Manhattan Beach 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.

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: Jennifer P. Cochran, Christine Cronin-Hurst, Kathleen Paralusz, Ellen Rosenberg

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

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My mother was an art major at UCLA and taught art at Banning High School in the '50s. Throughout my childhood I observed and participated with her painting, drawing, and creating. It was a formative experience for me.

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MBUSD is a high achieving district. The vast majority of our students will matriculate to 4 or 2 year colleges. Our district goals for 2013-14 include continued focus on the 21st Century learning components of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. Fostering creativity through artistic expression engages our students. An engaged student is a successful student.

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Our district has maintained a robust arts program K-12 largely through the generosity of private donations to our local education foundation. We are fortunate to have elementary instrumental music and choir programs which feed highly successful middle and high school programs. Our secondary school drama and dance programs are of equal quality. If there is a weakness it may be in the area of visual arts, and we endeavor to improve.

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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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I feel that our arts education is visible to parents and leaders in our community. There is always room for improvement, and communication is key to raising awareness. We currently communicate with our parents via live information sessions, electronic communications and social media. We have arts outreach into our parent and non-parent communities. One example, is our older adults program. We offer free tickets to dramatic and music performances with the cooperation of the city which provides dial a ride transportation to these events. We host annual art awards ceremonies and exhibitions of our high school advanced art students which are presented both on our campuses and in our city community centers.

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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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There is much that remains to be seen with the LCFF. Our district will receive no supplemental funding through LCFF. However, our arts programs will continue to thrive through district and local support.

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

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lynwood 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 Lynwood Unified School District will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

2 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: Alejanddra "Aly" Becerra**, Linda M. George, Edwin R. Jacinto, Alfonso Morales, Arturo Ramos, Alma-Delia Renteria

**Candidate has no email address available; contact the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder's Office for contact info

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

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During my school years I was not exposed to any art classes because they were either not available or very limited at my school and it was very hard to enroll. I really value the arts and I actively encourage my daughters to participate in any arts available.

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Creativity is very important because it allows students to develop their intellectual abilities and they become more interested in academics. Students that participate in any artistic that they like are more likely to stay in class. Also, they are more likely to finish high school and enroll into college.

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The arts plan that we have was created in 2008 to comply with the VAPA grant, but the programs that were funded only lasted for about a year or two. They were eliminated during the State budget cuts, but with the new funding Lynwood will have the opportunity to restore many programs such as art to help our student develop their creative thinking. The plan is outdated and we need to update to reflect the current trends.

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They need to create a committee compose of teachers, administrators, students, and parents so can oversee the program to identify its needs and success. Principals and teachers need more support from the district to plan and make the program successful. Also, they need to make the program available for all students; it is currently available for only a few school sites.

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Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Little Lake City School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Little Lake City 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.

Arts for LA thanks the Whittier Art Association & Gallery for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Elections for Little Lake City School District will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

2 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: George S. Buchanan, Dora D. Sandoval, Hilda A. Zamora

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

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Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lennox School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lennox 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.

Arts for LA thanks PS Arts for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

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

3 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: Manuel C. Blanco, Marisol Cruz, Sergio Hernandez, Jr.**, Martin Hernandez**, Juan Pablo Navarro, Sonia Saldana, Shannon A. Thomas Allen

**Candidate has no email address available; contact the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder's Office for contact info

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