Through the agency's Strategic Plan, at least 50% of CAC grants funding supports arts education.
- Artists in Schools. Professional artists teach students during class hours and through after-school programs; technical assistance to professional teaching artists in the classroom and to full-time credentialed teachers giving the tools necessary to provide daily, sequential arts education.
- State-Local Partnership. Supports county-designated arts agencies to provide arts services, often including arts education and services to schools at the local level.
- Creating Public Value. 40% of current grantees include arts education in their program activities.
- Poetry Out Loud. Encourages high school students statewide in the study of poetry and spoken-word recitation; is California's participation in the nationwide recitation contest.
Parents can maintain contact with the vital players in their child's education - with the teachers, principals, support staff, and even the school board and superintendents of the district. Become involved in school activities, join the Parent-Teachers Association of your school and other organizations, write letters to school administrators asking them to create a multi-year arts education plan, and attend school board meetings. Many K-12 educational decisions are made at the local level, and parents and community leaders can make good things happen.
It is important for parents to be supportive of their children's creativity and to provide them with the freedom and tools to express themselves. Plan a family outing; go to a museum, attend a play or an outdoor art fair, listen to live music or watch a dance performance. Many arts venues have discounts and free days, especially for children, so check your local listings.Support your child's creativity and Take Part in California Arts!
Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate
CREATE CA—an inter-agency, broad-based coalition of partners—is more than an initiative. It’s a movement.
CREATE CA is teaming innovative thinkers from multiple sectors of California’s creative economy, public and private, to design an educational environment for all children that features arts education as part of the solution to the crisis in our schools.
More about CREATE CA.
Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Former Chair
California Arts Council
Studies indicate that children participating in the arts use different parts of the brain in a way similar to multi-language learners. The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will enter and graduate from college. And students who study the arts outperform their peers on the SAT by more than 80 points.
- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's announcement of a program to track arts education nationwide and his 2011 blog entry on arts ed.