Arts Education News: August 2023

A monthly spotlight on ideas, strategies, and resources to support and advocate for arts education in Sonoma County.

This newsletter includes:

  • Sonoma County Resources and News
  • General Resources and News


Student Arts Spotlight

Student Arts Spotlight shares the good news of the arts making a difference in students’ lives in a monthly feature. This example of collaboration with Kimzin Creative, Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén, and La Luz provided Sonoma Valley students with experiences in art, dance, culinary, and nature. The camp, Aventura Artistica, offered creativity and fun for students ages 7-12. Congratulations to all!

Learn about the Student Arts Spotlight and share your students’ accomplishments HERE, or browse the archive of past Spotlights HERE.

Grants for School Districts to Support More Arts Education

A 4th Round of Grants will soon be available to school districts! Two options will be available:

  • Those districts that currently have a strategic arts plan can apply for funding to support a district or regional Showcase with an option to include a local artist.
  • Those districts without a strategic arts plan can apply for support to write a plan with a district leadership team and consultant.

Grant information is available at

Parents! Learn What You Can Do to Support Arts at Your School!

How Can Your School Have More Arts for Students? Is Your School Ready for Prop 28 Funding? Learn about resources for programming, funding, and collaborations

Join the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance and parents from across Sonoma County for information and strategies to provide more arts for students at your school! Learn about small steps you can take that will make a big difference. Invite your parent friends and attend this virtual meeting together! Register HERE.

Why Should Schools Have Arts Plans for Prop 28?

Prop 28 is Coming!

This EdSource article highlights how strategic arts plans help prepare schools to recognize the promise of Prop 28 (approximately $900 million of ongoing funding for arts education) and increase equity to access for all students. Read the article HERE and learn more about Prop 28 funding HERE.

Don’t Miss the Mix and Mingle! Start Your School Year Off with Some New Friends!

Meet new folks and reconnect with acquaintances

The AEA will kick off a new school year with a Mix and Mingle on Wednesday, August 9 , 2023 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Mitote Food Park in Santa Rosa. Join an evening of fun and conversation. No agenda, just low-key, casual networking. Bring a friend and enjoy wonderful Mitote Food Park! These networking events have proven valuable in connecting arts and creative thinkers to discuss and collaborate around arts education opportunities. Introductions are made to anyone new, so you are guaranteed to meet others. RSVP HERE!

General Resources and News

Read the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Your Brain on Art that provides a “life-altering journey through the science of neuroaesthetics, which offers proof for how our brains and bodies transform when we participate in the arts—and how this knowledge can improve our health, enable us to flourish, and build stronger communities.” Learn more about the book by visiting the website Your Brain on Art.

Visit the Creative Sonoma Arts Education page to learn more about arts education projects and opportunities in Sonoma County.