Arts Education

Creative Sonoma supports arts education through these current initiatives and programs. Learn more about what’s going on in Sonoma County. 


Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance

The Arts Education Alliance is a collaborative venture with representatives from the Sonoma County Office of Education, Creative Sonoma, several school districts across the county, arts teachers, arts administrators, and arts organizations. 

Arts Education Framework

Based on assessments of the state of arts education in Sonoma County schools, the Alliance has created an Arts Education Framework (AEF). The AEF is the result of research, analysis, discussion, and collaboration to provide increased and improved access and equity to arts education to better the lives of Sonoma County TK-12 students.

–          It is a tool that school districts can use to chart a solid course for providing arts education

–          It was created and developed with feedback from teachers, administrators, artists and arts organizations

–          It is a step toward ensuring that students in every district in Sonoma County have access to arts education

Facilitated by the California Alliance for Arts Education, the Framework is now available for schools. 

Arts Education Framework Planning Grant (Opening November 21; deadline to apply January 22, 2020.)

Creative Sonoma, as part of the Arts Education Alliance, invites any Sonoma County public school or school district to apply for a planning grant to receive customized consultation in the development of a strategic plan to increase access and equity in arts education. Funds will be awarded for consultation, planning, implementation, and associated activities to take place during February 1 – June 30, 2020

Click HERE to learn more about the grant.

Arts Education Research Reports

Arts Now Communities

Arts Now communities are coming to life throughout Sonoma County! Launched by the California Alliance for Arts Education, this campaign shines a light on districts and counties that are working to improve the quality of students’ educations through investments in the arts. Arts Now provides advocacy tools, facilitation, and funding to improve arts education in your district or region. Sonoma County is organized as an Arts Now county, utilizing support and advocacy from the CAAE.

Sonoma County Arts Now communities include:

Grants to Support Arts Education

Create Sonoma currently manages two grant programs that support arts education. The Arts Education Innovation Grant supports nonprofit arts and youth-serving organizations that are producing innovative arts education activities in schools and the community. The Summer Arts Youth Program Grant supports nonprofit arts organizations that provide arts enrichment during the school summer break. 

Teaching Artist Residencies for Schools

Creative Sonoma offers free teaching artist residencies based on best practices of trauma-informed arts instruction to build resilience and encourage empathy. Residencies are available to Sonoma County K-12 public schools through December 2019, or as funds allow.