Report on 2022 State of Arts Education: Uplift, Inform, Connect!

"We are magnificent because we believe in change. We are magnificent because we create art for each other." -Ella Wen, Sonoma County Youth Poet Laureate, May 26, 2022

On May 26, the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance (AEA) presented “State of Arts Education” at the Sonoma County Office of Education.

The AEA Steering Committee organized the event to recognize and celebrate the work of students, arts providers and partners, and the arts community this past year.

Performers and Presenters included:

  • Play Marimba (pictured in header, above)
  • PepToc
  • ArtQuest Theatre Arts
  • West County High School Dance Ensemble
  • 5th District Congressional Art Winner
  • Creative Bridges
  • Big Idea Arts & Education Consulting
  • Forum of County Superintendent candidates
  • Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Winner/Sonoma County Youth Poet Laureate
  • Arts Education Framework Grantees

Breakouts followed the general meeting focused on Arts Partners Goals & Networking and Activating the Portrait of a Graduate. The slide deck for the general meeting can be found here. Advocacy tips and resources to support our schools and creating value for arts education are here. Thank you to all the AEA members, new and continuing, who made the morning a success!

Sonoma County Youth Poet Laureate, Ella Wen, wrote “unapologetically” for the event.

The AEA rolled out new organizational structure this year, building on capacity built from virtual meetings.

The inaugural AEA Steering Committee guided the goals of Working Groups currently focused on supporting the Sonoma County Arts Education Framework. The AEA bases its work on pillars that provide accountability in equitable access, culturally relevant content and delivery, and depth and quality of arts.

Images from State of Arts Education 2022

Photos by Brennan Chin

Visit Creative Sonoma’s Arts Education online hub.