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


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 Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén. Artistic and General Director, Victor Ferrer’s main goal for Quetzalén dancers is to create a safe space where all students can develop different skills and strengths, but more importantly, a space where they can feel proud of who they are. Congratulations, Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén!

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

State of Arts Education 2023 Sends Urgent Message

The Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance presented the 2nd annual State of Arts Education. The event focused heavily on advocacy and sustainability and provided incredible presenters and performers sharing why every student must have access, more than ever. Learn more details about the event and how you can advocate for arts education for every student HERE.

Education Leaders from Arts Orgs Discuss Plans for Summer

Education Leaders from Arts Organizations in Sonoma County are invited to join a networking meeting to share information and brainstorm ideas and strategies.  
Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30 – Summer planning
Wednesday, May 3 at 3:30 – How to Reach Families 
Contact for more information

Prop 28 Funding Information for School Visual and Performing Arts Leaders

School visual and performing arts education leaders are invited to join meetups of the School VAPA Leaders Cohort. This Cohort strives to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment for experienced and developing school arts education leaders. The next virtual meeting is April 5. Learn more HERE.

Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Winners

Sonoma County held Poetry Out Loud Finals at SSU in early February. Nine representatives from various high schools performed recitations of two poems each. Contestants were evaluated on criteria from the national Poetry Out Loud Program. (Featured left to right: 3rd place-Derek Sadorra, Piner HS; 1st place-Jacob Pruitt, Rancho Cotati HS; 2nd place-Chelle Servais, Santa Rosa HS. Read more about the County Finals HERE

Teaching Artists Open Call at Luther Burbank Center for Arts

LBC is pleased to announce its first Teaching Artist Open Call on March 25 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at LBC’s Education Studio. In partnership with 13 other local arts organizations, this event is a free skill-share and hiring event for teaching artists of all experience levels. More information HERE.

Networking Event for Arts Education Advocates

RSVP for the next AEA Mixer and meet and connect with folks interested in arts education! Bring a friend and enjoy yourself in good company. Find out more HERE.

Training for Emerging Teaching Artists

Professional development for emerging and developing teaching artists! “Designing Lesson Plans That Wow Teachers” will strengthen your collaboration with teachers and help you create engaging lessons! Learn about this essential session HERE.

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