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Budget Crisis Threatens to Silence Music and Erase Arts Please hold for the Audio News Conference May 7, 2008 Call: 1 800-750-5861 PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Budget Crisis Threatens to

Silence Music and Erase Arts

Please hold for the

Audio News Conference

May 7, 2008

Call: 1 800-750-5861


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Host: Laurie Schell, Executive Director,

The California Alliance for Arts Education

Expert Guests

  • Nancy Carr, Visual and Performing Arts Consultant, California Department of Education (CDE)

  • Carol Kocivar, Vice President Communications, California State PTA

  • Mark Slavkin, Vice President, The Music Center in Los Angeles County

  • Sarah Murr, Community Investor, Regional Arts and Culture of The Boeing Company


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  • Laurie Intro: California Alliance for Arts Education

  • Californians care about quality public schools - recent survey by The Public Policy Institute of California - PPIC:

    • Education and schools ranked as the second most important issue

    • A strong majority of Californians (60%) choose K-12 public education as the area they would like to protect from budget cuts, ahead of health and human services

    • Ninety percent of residents across political and demographic groups say the arts are important (60% very important) in the school curriculum


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  • Cont.

  • The Decline – over the past three decades the arts have struggled to maintain a presence in CA public schools

  • Quality, standards-based visual and performing arts instruction for became luxury; only a few wealthy districts in CA who had access to private funding

    • SRI Study International, An Unfinished Canvas finds:

      • Only 11% of public schools are meeting state goals for arts instruction

      • Sixty one percent of schools don’t have a full-time art teacher

      • Elementary students get far fewer arts classes than children in other states


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  • Cont.

  • The Good News

    • State expectations for students – CA Education Code describes the visual and performing arts as a “required course of study”

    • Rigorous content standards adopted in 2001, UC/CSU admissions policy and new teacher licensure requirements

    • Arts and Music Block Grant, passed by Governor and Legislature in 2006-7and 2007-8

      • $105 million 2006-7 - $109 million 2007-8 based on a per pupil allocation for hiring teachers and administrators, professional development and supplies/equipment aligned to standard based instruction

      • $500 million was allocated in 2006 to be shared with physical education for professional development and supplies/equipment aligned to standard based equipment

      • Over last two years schools have begun to rebuild arts as core curriculum and as integral part of school day


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  • Cont.

  • Vulnerable in current economic environment

    • Proposed budget cuts to education at $4.5 billion

    • California Alliance for Arts Education

      • Supports efforts to ensure every K-12 student receive a comprehensive education and access to the benefits of arts education

      • Believes its appropriate to shoulder some of the burden during this economic crisis

      • Concerned that recommendations to consolidate categorical funding may unintentionally target arts education, resulting in students’ diminished access to quality arts learning opportunities


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  • Cont.

  • The Ask

    • This categorical investment needs to continue in this year’s budget and not be consolidated into a larger block grant

    • School districts should be given more freedom with categorical funds –”…but not at the expense of money earmarked for vital programs like music, the arts and physical education” – Gov. Schwarzenegger

  • The California Alliance for Arts Education supports on-going funding for Arts and Music Block Grant to ensure quality, equity and access


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Nancy Carr, Visual and Performing Arts Consultant, California Department of Education

  • California Education Code mandates

    • Children in grades 1-12 receive instruction/course of study to develop aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression – courses in dance, music, theatre and visual arts

    • Address artistic perception, creative expression, aesthetic valuing, historical and cultural context and connections/relationships/application

    • Content standards provide access to rigorous instruction and learning supported by Governor and legislature through funding in 2006-7 and 2007-8

    • CDE goals for all students – why all children need learning in and through the arts


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  • Cont.

  • Right brained learning occurs with arts education

    • Increases capacity for learning in all subjects

    • Employs habits of mind that are life long skills

    • Necessary for a happy and successful life

    • Experience through the arts are key to development of regulatory capacity

    • Furthers social emotional development, ability to cope with stress, recognize and question assumptions, empathy, group support, product development and pursuit of common goals

  • Support academic achievement

    • Offer creative solutions for successfully engaging children who learn in different ways

    • Solutions for student retention and a reduction in the drop-out rate

    • Can improve students’ skills in other subject areas, such as reading, math, science investigation and writing


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  • Cont.

  • California needs high quality education schools that are rich in arts learning to meet the state’s goal of preparing all students for success after high school.

  • With funding California schools:

    • Are really evaluating their arts education programs

    • Developing 5-10 year plans

    • Training multiple subject teachers to provide arts instruction within their class instructional time

    • Curriculum written for all grades across the district that is sequential and standards-based that will assess learning to provide program instructional improvement

    • Districts are working on quality, equity and access

    • Districts are putting strong actions behind their words and ideas to facilitate student success


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  • Cont.

  • Our creative and innovative California workforce says we need to see arts learning continuing and expanding

  • Speaking with leaders in the field – Milt Chan, George Lucas Foundation,

    • He said, George would like nothing better than having more well-trained-in-the-arts students he could hire, so that he had to hire fewer employees to process visas

  • Touring film industry studios, it is easy to see the link between arts education and workforce needs

    • One studio employs 100 individuals whose sole work is stage design

  • The arts speak to creativity and innovation as does no other subject and research, coming in droves, now supports this statement


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  • Carol Kocivar, Vice President, Communications, California State PTA

    • The arts enriches the lives of children, families and communities

    • All children in California deserve quality, equity and access to education

      • Children’s access to great schools with quality arts education should not be predicated on where they happen to live

      • California needs high quality schools that are rich in arts learning to meet the state’s goal of preparing all students for success after high school

      • Without access to the benefit of arts learning, our schools will continue to struggle to prepare students to be better citizens, neighbors and workers


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Mark Slavkin, Vice President, The Music Center in Los Angeles County

  • Since Proposition 13 was enacted in 1978, arts education has been “hit and miss” in California

  • Students have not had equitable access to quality arts education

  • Art and Music Block Grant made an enormous difference

    • Money provided every school district with opportunity to consider how to provide for all students

    • Conversation shifted from constraints and barriers to concrete plans to develop arts programs and opportunities

    • Gave promise of equity and quality education for all


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  • Cont.

  • In Los Angeles

    • State money powerful catalyst

      • Offers tangible support

      • Offers hope for progress and the future

    • 80 local school districts are rebuilding arts education programs

    • Loss of funds will steal community and educator’s faith and confidence that these efforts will be sustained


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  • Cont.

  • Los Angeles is a national center for many creative industries

    • LA schools must offer educational opportunities in the arts to all students enabling them to:

      • Develop their creative talents

      • Hone critical thinking skills

      • Meet rigorous academic standards

      • Achieve success in higher education

      • Compete in creative, local job market

      • Be productive and contributing members of the community


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  • Cont.

  • According to AmericansForTheArts.org

    • One in five jobs in California is related to the arts and creative industries

    • Arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ people, spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development.


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Sarah Murr, Global Corporate Citizenship Representative, The Boeing Company

  • Boeing invests in the arts to promote healthy and vibrant communities

  • Our support of arts education leads to the development of all aspects of a students education

  • Creative students become creative citizens and we need them – today’s students build tomorrow’s rockets


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  • Cont.

  • The business community, as a whole, seeks creative employees

    • Increasing calls from business community sector for more creative skills from the emerging workforce.

    • In recent studies, creativity and innovation are among the top five applied skills projected to increase in importance for future graduates.

    • A comprehensive arts education fosters creativity and innovation needed to create a more competitive workforce.

    • These students will become tomorrow’s workforce of creative individuals that will support the prosperity of California’s economy


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