by Arts for All | Dec 12, 2013

Arts for All welcomed four new school districts to the initiative for the 2013-14 school year. Monrovia Unified, Centinela Valley Union High, Charter Oak Unified and Keppel Union School Districts are now official Arts for All partners, bringing the total number of partner districts to 56, plus two charter school groups.

With the addition of these districts, nearly 70% of Los Angeles County’s 81 school districts have joined the Arts for All network. Arts for All supports these districts first with resources to develop an arts education policy and strategic plan, which is subsequently adopted by their local school board. Access to additional Arts for All resources, including funding, then assists these districts with implementation of key components of their strategic plan.

Lancaster School District and Covina-Valley Unified School District, which joined Arts for All in 2007 and 2012 respectively, are also accessing Arts for All coaches this year to revise existing arts education strategic plans, with an eye towards alignment with Common Core State Standards and 21st century skills.

Each year, new Arts for All districts kick off the process with a day-long training in strategic planning. This year, Arts for All coaches Celena Turney and Aja Howell worked with district leadership teams comprised of administrators, principals, teachers and arts specialists. Coaches are now working with individual districts to identify local stakeholders to serve on a Community Arts Team (CAT), which will formulate their local arts policy and strategic plan, and present them to their school board for adoption.

Congratulations to these districts for their commitment to arts education.

Photo:District leaders at the 2013 training for new Arts for All districts.