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 artwork form Windsor Unified School District’s Migrant Education Arts Integrated Summer School. For a second year, students in grades TK-5 strengthened their academic, social-emotional, and cultural skills through music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and media arts integrated lessons. Over 60 students received this instruction.

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

Arts, Music and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant – NEW FUNDING!

Available Fall 2022, this new, one-time funding of $3.5 billion would be distributed based on average daily attendance. Reach out to your school district to find out if they are receiving funds and how you can help with decision input to ensure funding is used for the arts education. How can this funding be used to build arts education infrastructure? Read this EdSource article or summary of Governor Newsom’s 2022-23 Budget.

On the November Ballot

  • County Superintendent Race 2022: Dr. Amie Carter is the lone candidate actively running for Sonoma County Superintendent in the November 8 election.
  • California Proposition 28, the Art and Music K-12 Education Funding Initiative is also on the November ballot. The initiative would provide more than $900 million every year to arts and music education in California public schools allocated from the state General Fund. This initiative does not raise taxes.

Back by Popular Demand! AEA Mix and Mingle

Over 45 folks enjoyed conversation and networking at the August AEA Mix and Mingle. Friendships were rekindled, and new friends were made. Join us at Mitote Food Park in Santa Rosa for another chance to connect and network? RSVP HERE! Questions? Contact

Deadline is October 12 for Arts Education Framework Grant Application

With new sources of funding going to school districts, a strategic plan will be necessary to ensure sequential, high quality, comprehensive arts education. The Arts Education Framework and supporting grant is available to any Sonoma County public school district. Questions? Contact


Arts Education Matters

As students move back into the classroom, this Sonoma Family Life article shares the many ways that the arts need to be available for all students.

Arts ARE Education

From “Talk It Up” podcast with national and state leaders to resources and town halls, Arts ARE Education offers many tools to support arts education advocacy.

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