Angela C. Fajardo

District: Lennox
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.

Chicano Art has had a deep impact in my life Growing up in East LA the murals of Paul Botello and his brother depict our daily life our values our culture and reaffirms who we are as a people Art has been validating to me and my self identity Other Chicano Artist that have impacted me have been Judy Baca Contemporary Artist like Tito Sturke with prints of Cesar Chavez and Esperanza deeply captures the picture of Cesar and the struggle There are also other Artist like the Muralist of who drew Jaime Escalante on Alvarado and Sixth Street.

Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?

For the future Art Education needs to be in the classroom in every grade. Children need art in the class with trained professionals that would foster the students’ artistic creativity and their self-esteem. The walls of the school should be a mural for every student in the school and it should be revisited to give opportunity for children to express themselves and feel part of the learning community. Art should not only be for affluent communities but should be the hub in urban elementary schools. Then move it to Middle school for fine tuning and high school.

Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?

Board members need to make Art part of the strategic priorities of the district and should be part of the learning experience in school. School board should direct superintendent to have Art centers in school where children, parents and the school community can go and create art. Make this part of the budget as well so when funds are short art is not the first thing to go. An educational foundation can be established to raise funds to keep art trained educators in the schools.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

There can be sample of how other district have used the LCAP to fund Arts program. Effective practices can be shared with district through LACOE and CSBA so boards have models to follow and who to ask in order to implement this programs in the district.