California Arts Council

State of California

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June 08, 2012Mary Beth Barber

Drafting a Blueprint for Creative Schools -- California agencies partner for arts education reform

The "Blueprint for Creative Schools" is a main a goal of the coalition; Hewlett Foundation and Boeing make significant contributions

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The California Arts Council is one of the lead organizations in CREATE CA, a reform movement to significantly overhaul arts education in the state. CREATE CA (formerly CREATE the STATE) is a broad-based statewide initiative from various leaders in education, business and the arts with the goal of examining the current state of arts education in California and broadening California's educational vision. (CREATE stands for "Core Reforms Engaging Arts To Educate.")

An Arts Education Task Force announced in late March will contribute the content for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's new education policy document, Blueprint for Creative Schools: How the Arts and Creative Education Can Transform California Classrooms.

CREATE CA's Leadership Team represents the coalition's key stakeholders: California Department of Education, California Alliance for Arts Education, the California Arts Council, and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association. TCC Group and Helicon Collaborative were contracted in May to help CREATE CA design an ongoing governance structure and implementation strategy. Sponsorships and significant contributions for CREATE CA have been provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company.

The CREATE CA effort is developing a shared action agenda for critical issues that include:

  • Expansion of high school graduation requirements in arts subjects
  • Establishment of Dance and Theater teaching credentials (in addition to the current Visual Art and Music credentials)
  • Support for broad-based inclusion of arts and creative education in pre-service teacher preparation programs
  • A revamp of the school assessment system, including the work being done to create a school Creativity Index (i.e., SB 547, sponsored by State Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.)
  • Embedding of the arts with the Common Core State Standards (new design work underway with support from the Hewlett Foundation)
  • Strengthening the arts connections to Career Technical Education and Linked Learning/Multiple Pathways
  • Evaluation of possible ballot measures to raise education funding, including funds for arts education
  • Support for teacher continuing-education program in arts education
  • Engagement of parents in advocacy for arts education.

Members of the Arts Education Task Force, as of April 22, 2012, include:

o Co-Chair: Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

o Co-Chair: Malissa Feruzzi-Shriver, Chair, California Arts Council

o Wylie Aitken, Founding Partner, Aitken-Aitken-Cohn

o Kristine Alexander, Executive Director, The California Arts Project

o Sarah Anderberg, Director, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Statewide Arts Initiative

o Jessica Bianchi, Art Therapist, Aviva Family and Children's Services

o Joni Binder Shwarts, President, Modern Art Council, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

o Anne Bown-Crawford, Director, Arcata Arts Institute

o William Bronston, Chief Executive Officer, Sacramento Sierra Digital Arts Studio Partnership

o Liane Brouillette, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine

o Robert Bullwinkel, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Fresno County Office of Education

o James Catterall, Principal Investigator, Center for Research on Creativity at CalArts

o William Cirone, Superintendent, Santa Barbara County Office of Education

o Rosette Costello, Principal, Peralta Elementary School

o Sarah Cunningham, Executive Director of Research, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

o Heather DiMaggio, Teacher, James Madison Elementary School

o John Eger, Professor, University of California, San Diego

o Kaileena Flores-Emnace, Gallery Educator, Museum of Contemporary Art

o Julie Fry, Program Officer, Performing Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

o Mary Galuska, Co-Chairman, Special Committee for Arts Education, California State PTA

o Benjamin Gertner, Principal, School of Communications, New Media and Technology (Roosevelt High School)

o Lisa M. Gonzales, Coordinator, Visual & Performing Arts, Santa Clara County Office of Education

o Kristen Greer-Paglia, Executive Director, Education and Programs, P.S. Arts

o Shana Habel, Past President, California Dance Education Association

o Brenda Harris, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education

o Donn Harris, Executive and Artistic Director, Oakland School for the Arts

o Sharon Herpin, Senior Research Associate, WestEd

o Frank Heuser, Associate Professor of Music Education, UCLA

o Ronald Jessee, Coordinator, Visual and Performing Arts Department, San Diego County Office of Education

o Gai Jones, California Educational Theatre Association (CETA)

o Amarpal Khanna, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, ICEF Public Schools

o Sabrina Klein, Executive Director, Teaching Artists Organized (TAO) Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force

o Allison Kleinsteuber, Visual Art Educator, Golden West High School

o Susan Lafferty, Director of Education, The Huntington Library

o Joe Landon, Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education

o Terry Lenihan, Associate Professor in Art Education, Director of Teacher Preparation of Art, Loyola Marymount University

o Robert Lenz, Chief Executive Officer, Envision Schools of California

o Tami Lincoln, President, California Art Education Association (CAEA)

o Robin Lithgow, Administrative Coordinator, Arts Education Branch, Los Angeles Unified School District

o Julia Marshall, Professor, Art Department, San Francisco State University

o Robin Mencher, Director, Education & Media Learning, KQED

o Jack Mitchell, Secondary Arts Consultant, California Department of Education

o Sarah Murr, Community Investor, Arts & Culture, The Boeing Company

o Louise Music, Visual & Performing Arts Learning Coordinator, Alameda County Office of Education

o Chike Nwoffiah, Executive Director, Oriki Theater

o Dain Olsen, Co-Founder/Instructor in Media Arts, ArtLAB High School

o Adam Philipson, Managing Director, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

o Janice Pober, Senior Vice President Global Corporate Social Responsibility, SONY Pictures Entertainment

o Larry Powell, Superintendent, Fresno County Office of Education

o Travis Preston, Dean, School of Theater, California Institute of the Arts

o Susan Raudry, Principal, Accelerated Charter Elementary School (ACES)

o Kim Richards, Principal, KDR PR

o David Sears, Senior Director of Education, The Grammy Foundation

o Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick , Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum

o Raymond Shields, General Manager, Social Enterprise Division, Watts Labor Community Action Committee

o Amy Shimson-Santo, Lecturer and Visiting Scholar, University of California, Irvine

o Mark Slavkin, Vice President for Education, Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

o Kimber Smith, Director, Blacksmith Creative

o Russell Sperling, President-Elect, California Association for Music Education (CMEA)

o Mary Stone Hanley, Assistant Professor, George Mason University

o Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council

o Ann Wettrich, Adjunct Faculty, California College of the Arts

o Lauren Widney, Education and Community Program Manager, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

o Anita Wiglesworth, Director of Programming, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

o Shannon Wilkins, Consultant in Charge of Educational Leadership and Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Office of Education

Members of the media may contact: Mary Beth Barber, Information Officer, at 916-322-6588 or  For more information on the California Arts Council, please go to .

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Susan Steinhauser, and Rosalind Wyman.

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