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 a partnership with Amarosa Academy and ArtStart. Amarosa Academy is an alternative education school run by the Sonoma County Office of Education with programming dedicated to restorative education. The school administrator saw an opportunity to re-enliven the school by partnering with interdisciplinary local artists. ArtStart artists embraced the opportunity to empower the students of Amarosa by creating “See You on the Other Side,” a pilot program dedicated to social wellness through integrated arts education. Congratulations!

Learn about the project including a short film and press release HERE

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

Newest Arts Advocacy Group – Youth Arts Leaders!

 What if young people are empowered by trusting adults who fully believe that youth hold an internal compass that guides them to make a difference in the world? What if students’ voices could ring and resonate in their community? How can youth receive connection and support to change their world?

The new program, Youth Arts Leaders, supports students through discussion, information, and training. YAL provides a connector to acknowledge, build, and share arts advocacy messaging – all to lift up new student leaders. To have a Youth Arts Leader speak to your organization or group, contact

Annual Event! State of Arts Education 2023

Be inspired! Mark your calendars for this annual event featuring student performances and exhibits! Learn what’s going on in Sonoma County and the progress we’re making together! More info soon!

Redwood Violin Now in Student’s Hands

The Redwood Violin Project enters its last and stable stage, as the instrument is in the hands of a Young People’s Chamber Orchestra musician. Follow the fascinating journey of the violin and its creator HERE

Mix and Mingle! Resolve to Expand Your Network in 2023

Have fun getting to know fellow arts educators and advocates. Find out what’s going on in your region and throughout the county. Brewster’s in Petaluma on Thursday, January 19. Learn more HERE

Poetry Out Loud – Sonoma County Finals

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation program for high school students initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts. This county event will feature the finals of 10 high schools in an oral interpretations of great poems. The county winner will advance to the state competition.


What Prop 28 Funding Will Mean for Arts Education in California

Read this latest article from Ed Source about what this funding will do for students HERE

Teaching Artists Guild Provides Resources

Use this resource to find and post jobs, research pay rates in your area, and read and learn about the field HERE

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