A Year Well Spent

Burbank Advocacy Year in Review

Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

At the May 26th Arts for All Progress Report meeting, Burbank Arts Ed Advocacy Team Co-Chair Alexandra Helfrich gave an impressive presentation detailing the great work of the Burbank team this year.  Her speech is below.

"I’d like to share what we learned this year during our partnership with Arts For All.

SMMUSD Budget Update

Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Early this week, arts education advocates along with many other parents, educators, and community members in Santa Monica and Malibu were disappointed to learn that Measure A failed according to the latest vote count.* Measure A, a parcel tax initiative conducted by SMMUSD through a mail-in only election, was the district’s best shot at retaining many of its programs and staff.

'Tis the Season. Budget Season.

Tis the season. Budget season. With all the advocacy campaigns we have launched in recent weeks, I think it's safe to assume that anyone reading this blog has probably taken action on one of our recent campaigns, whether it be for your school district, municipality, or the County.

Arts Ed Advocates in Action

I have to admit, when we embarked on this process last fall it was hard to imagine that just a few months later, five teams in five school districts would be leading their own advocacy campaigns, and that so many individuals would be taking on leadership and figuring out how they can sustain their arts ed programs and their advocacy efforts into the future.

How do we measure quality in arts education?

Close your eyes and envision a quality arts education experience. What do you see? 

This is the question posed last week by Steve Seidel from Harvard's Project Zero to the 270 attendees who attended the Arts Education Roundtable at Central High School #9 and hosted by Arts for All. 

Arts Ed in LAUSD: Movement or Lose It

Last month I attended a plan-of-action meeting addressing the proposed devastating cuts to elementary art and music programs for LAUSD's 2010-11 arts education branch budget. The proposed cuts will eliminate 50% of elementary arts teacher positions, equaling roughly 173 of 345 teachers.  If enacted, these cuts will decimate arts education in LAUSD.

Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

It's Happening

It's Happening: Community Advocacy Teams


Hello Arts Advocates,

It's happening.  We are organizing community advocacy teams in school districts, and people are excited about it.

Ready. Set. Be an Arts Ed Advocate!

Tara StaffordIt's back-to-school season. For us here at Arts for LA, that means it's time to launch our pilot arts education advocacy teams in 5 school districts by getting YOU and your communities involved!