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. The Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance is pleased to share the West County High School Music Program for December 2021. The West County High School Music Program features concert bands, a jazz band, pep band, marching band, honors band, and choir as well as the only school in the area to offer a full symphonic orchestra. Congratulations!

Learn about the Student Arts Spotlight and share your students’ accomplishments HERE.


LEARN  MARIACHI! Coming in February!

Calling all local music teachers, professional musicians, singers, choir directors, and college students majoring in Music Ed! Join the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in an inspiring, engaging, and interactive experience working with and learning from Music Specialist José Soto. Along with advanced students in the Center’s year-round mariachi program, participants will explore, learn, and play the unique styles of a mariachi. Learn more HERE




2022 Student Voices Campaign

Students! Create YOUR art piece or short video that highlights a meaningful, compelling story about how the arts support mental health and create cultural understanding. Learn more HERE.



Teaching Artists, Save the Date! 

On April 5-7, 2022, the Teaching Artists Guild will offer a virtual even in support of teaching artists across the country. Read more HERE.



U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Presentation on the Healing Power of the Arts

Partnerships with four national arts education organizations are focusing on ways to incorporate best practices of arts education content, instruction, and leadership. 

  • Watch Vice Admiral Murthy’s presentation about the value of the arts in healing and social emotional learning HERE.
  • Read the news article from Arts Educators about the results of this support HERE


Children Must Be Educated in Art, Creativity, and Culture

The value of the arts goes beyond teaching an artistic skill but is a necessary part of education. “For societies to thrive, people need a comprehensive education and this includes an education in creativity.”

Read the article from United Arab Emirates National News HERE.



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