Arts Education News: June 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. The Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance is pleased to share Petaluma City Schools’ District Arts Showcase. The event featured over 800 pieces of student art work, performances by high school jazz ensembles, the robotics program, and the culinary program. It was an evening for families to celebrate their creative students! Congratulations, Petaluma City Schools!

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

AEA Continues to Make Impact! School Year 2022-23

The collective of the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance has much to show for the 2022-23 school year. Many individuals continue to contribute their time to efforts through a variety of advocacy activities. Watch this video in English or in Spanish to learn more about accomplishments made this year!

Learn More About Prop 28 Funding

Learn more about Prop 28 and ways that state advocate, Create CA with be supporting schools. Watch the video to find out more. For even more funding resources, peruse the arts ed funding webpage.

DunbARTS Is Recognized by EdSource “Building Confidence and Resiliency Through the Arts”

Kimzin Creative and Sonoma Community Center partnered with Dunbar Elementary in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District to provide students with lessons emphasizing creativity and self-expression taught by local artists. Learn more in this Edutopia video or read the Edutopia article.

Sonoma State University Prepares Pre-Service Elementary Teachers to Use the Arts

Future elementary school teachers learn about how to infuse arts into their lessons to create exciting, vibrant, and meaningful learning. At Sonoma State University, understanding and implementing arts learning and arts integration is a focus of the teacher prep program through the class “Teaching Science and the Arts in the Elementary School.”

General Resources and News

Using Music as a Tool for Empowerment (9-12)

Hip hop music is a staple for music lovers around the world. In this PBS Learning Media lesson, your students will learn about hip hop as a tool for empowerment and critically analyze its place in American history as they read, analyze, and respond to film clips and lyrics from select songs.

How to Teach a Dance Style When You’re Not the Expert

Read this Arts Education Partnership article to understand more about the need for authentic dance education and a tool, Crelata® an on-demand dance education platform for K-12 students and teachers.

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