To further the work of the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance (AEA) and the Arts Education Framework, the AEA offered professional development in critical areas of arts education policy, development, and advocacy to form a Cohort of arts education leaders in 2020.

From August-December 2020, this cohort developed knowledge, as well as increased their network of support and resources. Projects and goals have been developed by individuals of the Cohort that will be implemented January-June 2021. These projects and goals support the work of the AEA and the Arts Education Framework. 


Gratitude to the 2020 planning chairs of this Cohort:

         Ashleigh Worley, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

         Brandon Krueger, Windsor USD (retired)

         Chuck Wade, Sonoma County Office of Education

         Debbie Yarrow, Creative Sonoma

         Robert Bullwinkel, Big Idea Arts and Education Consulting


The following individuals completed this professional development and are leading the way to develop and support arts education in Sonoma County:

Alexander Ackleson, Transcendence Theater Company

Angela Sturr, Teaching Artist

Becky Cale, Green Music Center

Eileen Parent, Printmaker

Erika Conaway, Transcendence Theater Company

Gena Richman, Teaching Artist

Heidi Aarts Michels, Windsor Unified Schools

Isabel Lopez, Raizes Collective

Jill Valavanis, Sonoma Community Center

John Sappington, ArtQuest

Laura Leipzig, Arts Administrator

Lisa Damico, Teaching Artist

Martin Contreras, SSU Student

Sarah Parker, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Klara Crean, Valley Vibes Orchestra

Marcela Mejia Ronan, Teaching Artist

Meg Mizutani, Sonoma County Taiko

Megan Fonseca, Rincon Valley Education Foundation

Meredith O’Connor, Musician

Miki Hsu Leavey, Teaching Artist

O’Meara Cover, Petaluma Schools

Pamela Van Halsema, P Van Halsema Consulting 

Sandra Novia, Teaching Artist


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