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.

Steele Lane Elementary School in the Santa Rosa City School District partnered with the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to offer professional learning, ” Combining Arts Education with Social Emotional Learning Techniques.” Educators from across the county joined in the PD to use the arts as a tool for students’ mental health.

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

Unpacking “Creativity Challenge: The State of Arts Education in California”

This follow-up report from SRI Education shows that a majority of California schools continue to fail to meet state education requirements of offering all students dance, music, theater, and visual arts instruction. The report focuses on a comparison of data from 2007 to 2019 and includes recommendations to various stakeholders. Review the Creativity Challenge Summary Report

Creativity Challenge Resources:

Download these flyers by audience to share how this new data impacts California public schools and ways to get involved!

For students
For parents
For parents – Español
For school leaders
For state leaders

Another exciting year of School Visual and Performing Arts Leaders Cohort!

School visual and performing arts leaders are invited to join meetups of the School Visual and Performing Arts Leaders Cohort. This Cohort will strive to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment for experienced and developing school arts education leaders. These sessions will help school arts leaders build their own professional capacity  and “make the case” for local and regional VAPA coordination.Learn more HERE.

Education Leaders from Arts Orgs Meetup

Sonoma County Education Leaders from Arts Organizations are invited to join the next meetup on November 16 to connect and share strategies. Contact for more information!


Access to Dance Education

New dance platform Crelata uses technology to create more access to dance education. Crelate provides educationally sound digital arts lesson that can supplement existing dance curriculum or offer a dance curriculum for schools that don’t have one.

Arts Educators Save the World Podcast

The work of great artists can change our lives. But first, someone changes theirs. On ARTS EDUCATORS SAVE THE WORLD, artists talk with host Erica Halverson alongside their teachers and mentors about how those collaborations made them who they are today.

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