Arts Education

COVID-19 NOTE:  In this time of school closures and the rise of online learning, we are continuously updating arts education resources on our page A Creative Place: Resources for Embracing Creativity, Arts Education, and Finding Connection.

Creative Sonoma supports arts education through a variety of initiatives, grant programs, and research. Watch the above video to learn more about the impact of arts education in our local schools, and explore the many resources listed on this page to learn more, or to get involved in ensuring all Sonoma County students have access to arts education. 

Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance

The Arts Education Alliance (AEA) 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. For more information, email Debbie.Yarrow@sonoma-county.org, or register to attend an upcoming AEA Spring 2020 workshop (first Thursdays, 8:30-10:0am), with the following topics:

March 5, 2020: “Using Arts Integration to Accelerate Learning for All Students” | Location: Sonoma County Office of Education
Experience firsthand how arts integration can hold the key to teaching the whole child and accomplishing articulated instructional outcomes. Learn how arts integration can be infused into teaching (not just added on to the proverbial full plate) and how current education majors are gearing up to use arts integration in their future classrooms.
Register HERE

CANCELLED: April 2, 2020: “Planning and Building an Arts Education Community” | Location: Sonoma County Office of Education
Guest speaker Robin Hampton from the California Alliance for Arts Education and Robert Bullwinkel from Big Idea Consulting share how communities can organize to increase arts opportunities for all students.

CANCELLED: May 7, 2020: “Funding Arts Education for the Long Haul” | Location: TBD
Learn how to prepare, sustain, and market your arts programming to create growth and durability. School community, parent supporters, and educational funders are welcome.

UPDATE APRIL 2020:  Virtual Workshops Coming Soon – Watch This Space for More Information!

Arts Education Framework

Based on assessments of the state of arts education in Sonoma County schools, the Arts Education Alliance has created the Sonoma County Arts Education Framework, released in December 2019. The Framework 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, and is now available to schools to utilize and customize. 

Click HERE to learn more and to download your copy of the Framework. 

Arts Education Framework Planning Grant

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

Through grant funding from the William and Fora Hewlett Foundation, the Arts Education Alliance commissioned research on the state of arts education in Sonoma County during 2016-2018. The research from the following reports led to the development of the Sonoma County Arts Education Framework in 2019. 

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 for youth.

  • The Arts Education Innovation Grant supports nonprofit arts and youth-serving organizations that produce 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 offered free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County K-12 public schools through December 2019. The residencies were based on best practices of trauma-informed arts instruction to build resilience and encourage empathy. To read more about the program, click HERE