Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 2

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 2

Candidate order: Adriana Robledo, Tomas Ursua

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 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 Pomona City Council District 2 will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

1 seat is available in this election. Only voters who reside in this district may vote for candidates 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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Arts for LA Releases School Board Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

Arts for LA Releases School Board Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 10:03am

Photo: ArtsVoteLAWith an estimated $5.3 billion in educational funding set to invigorate California’s schools due to Proposition 30, school board leaders will be tasked with setting the priorities and direction for their schools’ future.  To help spark dialogue around arts and education issues, Arts for LA has distributed Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to every eligible candidate for election in 33 school district races throughout Lo

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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Results of Elections with Arts for LA Surveyed Candidates

Results of Elections with Arts for LA Surveyed Candidates

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 1:35pm

Photo: Pomona City HallThe Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office posted results of elections for which Arts for LA conducted candidate surveys.

Fall 2012 Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council

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