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. Fifth grade students from El Verano Elementary School in Sonoma Valley performed along with members of the San Francisco Opera! Learn about the Student Arts Spotlight and share your students’ accomplishments HERE

Browse the archive of past Spotlights HERE.

Find a Local Arts Partner for Your School!

Looking for local Sonoma County arts partners for programs, performances, residencies, and consultancy? Check out the Creative Sonoma Arts Education Directory with a fresh update! Scroll through all of the diverse arts experiences that are available for schools! Learn more HERE

Work on Arts Education Projects for Your Org? Join In the Conversation!

Any Education Leader from a Sonoma County Arts Organization is welcome to join this virtual cohort. Discuss relevant topics, learn what strategies others are using, and find out what’s going on in the County. Contact for more information. Next meeting is December 6!

Poetry Out Loud: A National Program That Starts Locally

Sonoma County high schools can participate in local Poetry Out Loud, a recitation program available with free poet-teacher support. POL offers awards locally, statewide, and nationally. Learn more HERE or contact POL Coordinator, Michele Krueger

Gathering SoCo Districts with Arts Plan to Help Each Other

This cohort of districts with arts plans will meet to discuss strategies, collaborations, resources, and how to keep the momentum going for implementation. Learning Strategist and Planning Coach, Celena Turney, will be offering facilitated discussion. If you are interested in attending or need more information contact or learn more HERE

New Resource About Arts Education Funding

A new resource is available courtesy of the Orange County Arts Now Community 8 Steps for Great Arts Advocacy in Your District!

General Resources and News

  • Sift through Riverside County Office of Education’s Arts Resources from community partnerships to projects by school arts educators. Be inspired!
  • Read this article describing how a 2nd grade teacher has used simple expressions of arts to help 2nd grade students. Edutopia Using Art to Boost Students’ Social Skills

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