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, McDowell Elementary School’s Bailie Folklorico. The student dancers performed for about 80 parents at end of the year assemblies, as well as over 200 parents at 6th grade promotion! Maria Serrano from Bailie Folklorico Ireri worked with students from 1st-6th grades. Watch their performance HERE. Congratulations, McDowell!

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

Arts Education Framework Grants – Now Open!

Learn more about this next round of funding to support students’ access to arts education! Funding provides expert help to create a customized plan for each district. Up to $7,500 available for each district. Read more, watch the June 15 workshop recording, register for the August 25 workshop, or reach out with questions HERE.

Arts Educators Meetup!


Featured – Arts Education in Rural Districts of Sonoma County

Sonoma County is featured for participation in the California Rural Arts Network, offered through the California County Superintendents Arts Initiative (CCSESA). Information is available about work done countywide as well as a spotlight on Horicon and Guerneville School Districts and their use of arts strategies to support their students. Funding to support these districts in creating arts plans was made possible through CCSESA. Read the post HERE.


After the Music Stops for COVID, One School Brings Back Its Band

For students whos only access to music education comes via their public schools, pandemic school closures were especially disruptive. But research also suggests music could help children rebuild what was lost. Read the New York Times article HERE.

5 Steps to Using Playwriting in Middle School

Having students collaborate on writing a play is ahnds-on way to unlock creativity while reinforcing concepts and skills in language arts and other classes. Read the Edutopia article HERE.

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