October 13, 2020|

Board of Supervisors Adopts New Regional Blueprint For Arts Education

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Adopts New Regional Blueprint For Arts Education

Blueprint Contains Strategies for Increasing Arts Education in School, After School, and in Communities, Including Juvenile Justice, Foster Youth, and Workforce Development Systems

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion today to adopt the Arts for All Children, Youth, and Families: Los Angeles County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which aims to bring arts education to young people throughout LA County. The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (Arts and Culture) and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective (Arts Ed Collective) developed the Blueprint, which calls for arts learning to happen both in and outside of school, throughout communities, and in juvenile justice, foster youth, and workforce development systems.

This Blueprint is an update of the 2002 Arts for All: LA County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which focused exclusively on in-school arts education. The new Blueprint presents an expanded approach with strategies that reach beyond school to include arts instruction for all students, across all grade levels, in all public schools; expanded opportunities for arts education after school; year-round community-based arts learning; access to careers in the creative economy; arts-based programs and services provided in collaboration with multiple LA County departments that support children, youth, and families; and a prioritization of historically underserved populations. It is intended as both an aspirational policy statement and a roadmap for practitioners and leaders to advance youth development over the next decade.

The new Blueprint’s goals are to:

  • Develop systems and infrastructure that expand and sustain arts education for all young people, in all schools, and in all communities.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships and collaborations to create, expand, and leverage resources for arts education.
  • Increase public awareness about the importance of arts education and mobilize stakeholders to advocate for robust implementation.

The arts promote creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that prepare all students to thrive in school and in life, said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District. The County’s bold new Blueprint brings the arts into schools and communities so that our young people grow up being able to think critically and develop out-of-the-box solutions for the many challenges they will face.

We know that the arts and creative learning support social-emotional well-being, improved student outcomes, access to careers in the creative economy, and transferrable skills that prepare young people for any profession or industry, said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The new Blueprint fosters creativity in the children of Los Angeles County, enriching their lives now and also laying a foundation for more opportunity into adulthood.

The Blueprint is steeped in Arts and Culture research which continues to confirm that access to arts education is limited for historically underserved students in LA County. The Arts Education Profile: Report on Public Schools, 2015-17 found that students from low income communities, English learners, and students of color have less access to arts education than their white, higher income, and English-proficient peers, and that the arts instruction they are offered is of lower quality. These findings sit within a broader context of inequity: Measure for America’s A Portrait of LA County, for instance, looked at key indicators of well-being and found similar correlations between poverty, race, geography, education, and health.

Despite the many benefits of an arts education, we continue to see disparities in access and opportunity among youth of color, current or former foster youth, youth that are currently or formerly homeless, impacted by the justice system, LGBTQ+, migrants, English language learners, and youth living in poverty, in rural areas, and with disabilities, said Kristin Sakoda, Director of the Department of Arts and Culture. The new Blueprint leverages this moment of opportunity to redefine scale, equity, and quality in culturally sustaining arts education for the next generation of youth in the largest County in the nation.

The new Blueprint’s vision to increase access and equity in the arts aligns with much of the County’s bold and innovative work advancing racial and cultural equity across the region, demonstrated by its groundbreaking policies and initiatives including the:

  • Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which ensures that all residents have equitable access to arts and culture, and to improve inclusion in the wider arts ecology.
  • Countywide Plan to Elevate the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform, which provides strategies for reimagining justice reform, prevention, and community investment through the arts including arts education and creative youth development for justice-impacted youth.
  • Countywide Cultural Policy, which affirms the value of arts, culture, and creativity; strengthen cultural equity and inclusion; and leverage arts and culture to achieve the highest potential of communities across all aspects of civic life.
  • Anti-racist Los Angeles County Policy Agenda, which will guide, govern, and increase the County’s ongoing commitment to fighting racism in all its dimensions, especially racism that systemically and systematically affects Black residents.

Background
Nearly 20 years ago, the Board of Supervisors launched a countywide initiative to restore the arts in public education. That initiative, now known as the Arts Ed Collective, is coordinated by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture. The coalition currently includes over 150 public and private partners, including the Los Angeles County Office of Education, 74 of the 81 LA County school districts, arts organizations, grantees, philanthropy, and county agencies including departments of Mental Health, Probation, Parks and Recreation, the offices of Child Protection, Youth Diversion and Development, and more.

In 2018, the Board of Supervisors identified a need for an updated regional plan for arts education that reflects the current priorities and educational landscape of LA County. The development process for the new plan involved input from more than 600 stakeholders during the spring and summer of 2019. Arts and Culture staff travelled across the county, speaking to residents in Lancaster, Santa Clarita, Pomona, Santa Monica, and six other neighborhoods in a series of community forums. Residents engaged included youth, parents, artists, and community members—as well as representatives from schools, arts organizations, local businesses, creative industries, workforce development, social services, and local government.

September 3, 2020|

Awarding Grants to 40 School to Advance Arts Education

Students at Leuzinger High School take part in an arts engagement featuring UniverSOUL Hip Hop.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE AWARDS GRANTS TO 40 SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ADVANCE ARTS EDUCATION

Funded by Philanthropy, Grants Total $811,600 and Support Projects Ranging from Professional Development to Social Emotional Learning in the Arts

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (Arts and Culture) has announced that grants totaling $811,600 will be awarded to 40 Los Angeles County school districts. The Advancement Grant Program is administered through the LA County Arts Education Collective, the countywide initiative dedicated to making the arts a core part of every child’s growth and development. Advancement Grants, underwritten by the Arts Ed Collective Funders Council, offer flexible funding to school districts, and are matched by school district funds. Leveraging public and private resources, they will invest more than $1.6M this year to expand access to instruction in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.

School districts use Advancement Grants to implement district-wide arts education in a range of ways: arts integration, professional development and resources for teachers, social emotional learning in the arts, arts classes, and musical instrument purchases for at-home instruction. To address data showing disparities in access to the arts, Advancement Grants promote equity with priority points for school districts serving large student populations of 10,000 or greater, and those with an Unduplicated Pupil Count of 71% or greater which includes students eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meals, foster youth, and English language learners. A complete list of the 40 school district grantees (including four charter school networks) is below.

We are proud to provide Advancement Grants with an eye toward increasing equity and access in arts education for the benefit of our County youth, said Kristin Sakoda, Director of Arts and Culture. In this unprecedented time, the human connection, educational engagement, wellbeing, and creative expression that the arts provide is more important than ever. We are deeply grateful for our school district, philanthropy, and County partners as we collectively work to ensure opportunities for students to create and thrive.

Investing in the future for Los Angeles County’s children is imperative, especially now, said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. These Advancement Grants support a well-rounded education and help school districts lay the foundation to careers in the arts and the creative economy. We want every person in Los Angeles County to have access to the breadth, depth, and diversity of the arts to enrich their childhood and foster their creativity into adulthood.

We know that learning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, so as educators throughout Los Angeles County innovate their operations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an obligation to support customized learning initiatives that equip students with invaluable creative skills, said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The Advancement Grants will be used for initiatives designed by the school districts themselves, as they know how to best reach their communities and be attentive to gaps and inequities in resources.

2020-21 Arts Education Collective Advancement Grant


Alhambra Unified School
Antelope Valley Union High School District
Arcadia Unified School District
Azusa Unified School District
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Burbank Unified School District
Centinela Valley Union High School District
Claremont Unified School District
Compton Unified School District
Covina-Valley Unified School District
Culver City Unified School District
El Monte Union High School District
El Rancho Unified School District
Garvey Elementary School District
Glendora Unified School District
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Hawthorne School District
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union
iLead Charter Network
Inner City Education Foundation
Keppel Union School District
Lawndale Elementary School District
Lynwood Unified School District
Magnolia Public Schools
Monrovia Unified School District
Montebello Unified School District
Mountain View School District
Newhall School District
Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District
Paramount Unified School District
Pasadena Unified School District
Pomona Unified School District
Rosemead School District
San Gabriel Unified School District
South Pasadena Unified School District
Sulphur Springs Union School District
Walnut Valley Unified School District
Whittier City School District
Whittier Union High School District
Wiseburn School District
April 3, 2018|

Los Angeles County Adopts Arts Ed Equity Policy

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has long advocated for the importance of the arts in public education. In 2002, the Supervisors unanimously adopted the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education which established the LA County Arts Ed Collective as a part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Arts Ed Collective was directed to work with the Office of Education to ensure that LA County’s 1.5 million public school students receive high-quality arts education. Sixteen years later, in a motion co-authored by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl, the Board of Supervisors has reaffirmed its commitment to the arts and adopted the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning (The Declaration).

The Declaration was put forth by California’s statewide arts education coalition, CreateCA, and has been adopted by a number of school districts across the state. It outlines the rights of all students to a high-quality arts education, regardless of race, culture, language, religion, national origin, place of residence, socioeconomic or legal status. However, supported in part by a study completed by the Arts Education Collective, Los Angeles County has become the first municipality to adopt The Declaration. The study concludes that while most schools in Los Angeles County have some arts education, access to quality arts education, especially for lower income students and students of color, is not equitable. By adopting The Declaration, the Board of Supervisors ensures that the importance of access to quality arts education is communicated across all levels of Los Angeles County government, and that steps are taken to address the disparity. In fact, a result of the Supervisors’ adoption of this motion, the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), has followed suit. Most significantly, the passage of this motion creates opportunities for equitable access to arts education through partnerships with multiple County departments, extending the reach of the work facilitated by the Arts Ed Collective.

December 8, 2017|

LA County Arts Commission Presents Findings From Arts Ed Profile at Education Summit

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission releases findings from a 18-month survey of arts education in K-12 public schools. The Arts Ed Profile was administered to all 2,277 schools across LA County, including 81 districts, four charter school networks as well as a few individual charter schools.

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June 15, 2017|

Los Angeles County Arts Education Efforts Reach 15-Year Milestone

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2017

PRESS CONTACTS
Marta Martinez, (213) 273-8334
mmartinez@arts.lacounty.gov

Leticia Rhi Buckley, (213) 202-5935
lbuckley@arts.lacounty.gov 

 

LA County Educators, Arts Organizations and Advocates
Work to Make the Arts Core in Public Education


June 15, 2017 - The Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective (Arts Ed Collective), formerly Arts for All, marks 15 years of significant progress in advancing arts education across the region with a name change, the launch of a new website and a public announcement of the Arts Education Innovation Lab. The work of hundreds of community partners has continued to grow over the last 15 years, and new attention is aimed at surfacing innovative solutions for reaching full scale so that all students engage in the arts as a core part of their schooling.

In 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Arts Ed Collective to align local partners with the shared goal that all of LA County’s 1.5 million public school students receive ongoing, quality arts instruction. Staff of the LA County Arts Commission coordinates the regional effort and the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) provides curriculum support to school districts. Strategic guidance for the Arts Ed Collective comes from the 13 member Leadership Council, with additional support from the Funders Council, comprised of 27 private funders.

LA County’s 81 school districts range from rural to urban, some with one school and others with hundreds of schools, making the Arts Ed Collective uniquely positioned to investigate how to build infrastructure that ensures every student, regardless of zip code, has access to high quality arts instruction. “The democratization of culture means achieving equity in the access and content of arts instruction,” says Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Arts Commission. “Sixty-five LA County school districts and four charter networks are now part of the Arts Ed Collective, and the initiative is on track to reach all 81 school districts in the County by 2020.”

Surmounting challenges, such as the Great Recession and shifting education policies, the initiative proudly boasts a number of key accomplishments over the last 15 years:

  • 65 board-approved school district policies and strategic plans for arts education
  • $3.8M granted to support arts education in schools
  • $10.8M raised by the Funders Council
  • 74 LA County school districts and four charter networks participated in the Arts Ed Profile Countywide data collection
  • 500 system-involved youth received arts instruction as part of a cross-agency endeavor to embed the arts into LA County’s juvenile justice reform
  • 4,000 educators trained in connecting the arts with core subjects through the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) project

While the Arts Ed Collective marks 15 years of progress, it also looks ahead with the initiation of the Arts Education Innovation Lab (Innovation Lab). The Innovation Lab gathers experts from across sectors to address scale and equity of arts instruction for LA County public school students. Together they will generate new solutions for moving the work beyond incremental change and catapult arts education over the next 15 years. The Innovation Lab has hosted a series of convenings, workgroups and in-depth discussions, and is led jointly by the Arts Ed Collective, Arts for LA and LACOE.

The work of the Innovation Lab dovetails with the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, an 18-month public process that produced 13 recommendations to the LA County Board of Supervisors to ensure that everyone in LA County has equitable access to arts and culture. Four of the recommendations propose support for arts education. “Now more than ever, we want to ensure that all students, in every classroom, in each public school, receive a well-rounded education, and that the arts remain core to student success,” shares Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education at the LA County Arts Commission.

Educators, arts organizations, teaching artists, grantmakers, advocates and other stakeholders, as well as school districts and charter school networks are collectively responsible for advancing arts education over the last fifteen years. The transition to the new name, the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, more clearly acknowledges the shared nature of the regional effort.

The new LACountyArtsEdCollective.org highlights the work of all these partners and features an improved platform for accessing resources and staying informed. The site also includes a directory of arts organizations working in school districts across the region and offers models of best practices for practitioners and advocates.

There will be numerous opportunities to celebrate the anniversary throughout the 2017-18 school year, including the Arts Education Summit on December 8, 2017 where the Arts Ed Profile report and findings will be released. To learn more, follow @LACountyArtsEd on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for the Arts Ed Collective newsletter or visit LACountyArtsEdCollective.org.

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August 6, 2015|

Thirty-Two Grants Awarded to Support Arts Education in Los Angeles County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2015

PRESS CONTACTS
Marta Martinez, (213) 273-8334
mmartinez@arts.lacounty.gov

Leticia Rhi Buckley, (213) 202-5935
lbuckley@arts.lacounty.gov 

 

 

Largest Percentage of Funding Supports Artist Residencies and Teacher Professional Development

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission announces $560,000 in grants to 31 school districts and one charter school network in LA County through the Advancement Grant Program. Administered by LA County’s arts education initiative, Arts for All, these grants are matched by school district funds and offer resources to advance high quality instruction in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

Arts for All has supported districts in creating and carrying out strategic plans for arts education since 2003. “We are committed to supporting school districts in their efforts to implement comprehensive K-12 arts education,” says Arts for All Director Denise Grande. “These grants help districts address their most pressing needs.” Designed to be both flexible and responsive to the shifting education landscape, the Advancement Grant Program is central to Arts for All’s mission to help school districts build the necessary infrastructure to provide high quality arts instruction to all of LA County’s public school students.

Ranging from $10,000 to $20,800, 32 grants were given to districts in the Arts for All network to invest in developing long term, sustainable approaches for delivering arts instruction. This year’s funds support artist residencies in 12 school districts, teacher professional development opportunities in 15 districts, and six districts will develop arts integration programs in their schools. A complete list of grantees can be found below.

The Advancement Grant Program is funded by The Angell Foundation, The Boeing Company, California Community Foundation, The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Colburn Foundation, The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Herb Alpert Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, and The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

Arts for All is the Los Angeles County initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Established in 2002 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Arts for All currently works with 59 of 81 Los Angeles County school districts, plus two charter school networks, to implement policies and plans that support high quality arts education for the 1.6 million public school students in the County. www.lacountyartsforall.org

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources. www.lacountyarts.org.
 

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ARTS FOR ALL
2015-16 ADVANCEMENT GRANT RECIPIENTS

Beverly Hills Unified School District: $18,100 to support professional development in dance and theatre for kindergarten and first grade teachers, conference attendance for Visual and Performing Arts Specialists and increasing the work hours of the VAPA Coordinator.

Burbank Unified School District: $20,300 to support professional development in visual arts for secondary teachers and artist residencies at five elementary sites.

Castaic Union School District: $16,400 to support the expansion of the elementary music program, to grow student attendance at performances and to partner with the Kennedy Center for teacher professional development.

Centinela Valley Union High School District: $19,500 to support expanded opportunities for students to showcase their artwork and to experience the work of professional artists.

Covina-Valley Unified School District: $17,500 to support district-wide artist residencies for third grade and to coordinate a partnership with Azusa Pacific University.

Culver City Unified School District: $19,800 to support district-wide professional development and artist residencies from the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra for kindergarten through third grade.

Duarte Unified School District: $19,800 to support the expansion of the elementary music program through additional teachers and instruments.

East Whittier City School District: $18,400 to support district-wide teacher professional development in visual arts and theatre instruction from The California Arts Project.

El Monte Union High School District: $17,500 to support the repair and purchase of musical instruments district wide.

El Rancho Unified School District: $19,100 to support assessment, communications and curriculum development led by the Visual and Performing Arts Council.

Glendale Unified School District: $15,700 to support the purchase of musical instruments for secondary school sites district wide.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District: $20,800 to support arts integration curriculum and professional development district wide.

Hawthorne School District: $17,900 to support district-wide professional development on arts integration.

ICEF Public Schools: $15,800 to support teacher professional development in visual arts instruction for Lou Dantzler Elementary School from The Armory Center for the Arts.

Keppel Union School District: $16,400 to support district-wide professional development in visual arts integration.

Lancaster School District: $10,000 to support the CREATE Festival, a showcase of student artwork.

Las Virgenes Unified School District: $16,000 to support teacher professional development in music integration and residencies from musician, Andrew Grueschow.

Lawndale Elementary School District: $18,600 to support arts integration and cross-district collaboration strategies guided by the Regional Arts Coordinator.

Little Lake Elementary School District: $11,700 to support theatre residencies for third through eighth grade from the Drama Education Network.

Manhattan Beach Unified School District: $19,500 to support district-wide artist residencies in dance and theatre for kindergarten though fifth grade, and a Visual and Performing Arts Lead position that will oversee the district arts plan.

Monrovia Unified School District: $10,000 to support the expansion of the district-wide music program for kindergarten through third grade.

Montebello Unified School District: $17,500 to support district-wide arts integration curriculum and professional development for second grade.

Mountain View School District: $17,000 to support district-wide artist residencies in puppetry that build English Language Arts skills for second through fourth grade.

Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District: $19,700 to support district-wide teacher professional development in visual arts integration for elementary grades from The California Arts Project.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District: $10,400 to support district-wide visual arts teacher professional development for second grade, and artist residencies for fourth grade from Palos Verdes Art Center.

Paramount Unified School District: $17,000 to support the expansion of the elementary instrumental music program and the revision of the district arts education strategic plan.

Pasadena Unified School District: $20,500 to support curriculum development and artist residencies in elementary grades aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Pomona Unified School District: $18,400 to support professional development in visual arts instruction from The California Arts Project.

Santa Monica Unified School District: $20,500 to support district-wide artist residencies in dance for fifth grade from Dancing Classrooms.

Saugus Union School District: $20,200 to support professional development in arts integration, artist residencies, school performances and field trips for students.

Whittier City School District: $19,400 to support district-wide music instruction for third through fifth grade by hiring an additional instructor.

Wiseburn School District: $20,600 to support artist residencies in visual arts at Anza Elementary from P.S. Arts, and to expand the instrumental music program to two additional grade levels.

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