Here are some opportunities to become informed, add your voice, and advocate for arts education for all students on national, regional, and local levels:

Join us at the local level and support arts education for all students in our Burbank Unified School District:

Attend Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Community Meetings to hear the latest news and get involved! Meetings are free to attend, and we welcome you to bring a friend!

Superintendent Matt Hill presenting at our September 2015 Meeting

Superintendent Matt Hill presenting at our September 2015 Meeting

Lisa Dyson presenting updates on Schools Outreach in October

Lisa Dyson presenting updates on Schools Outreach in October

Crowd at the January 2016 Meeting at Disney Elementary

Crowd at the January 2016 Meeting at Disney Elementary

David Starr Jordan Middle School Media Arts Teacher, Chris Mitchell, and Principal Stacy Cashman presnting at our April 2016 Meeting

David Starr Jordan Middle School Media Arts Teacher, Chris Mitchell, and Principal Stacy Cashman presnting at our April 2016 Meeting

Become involved in helping our District’s Arts for All Plan or Local Control Accountability Plan!

BUSD Board of Education has approved the 3-year priorities for the BUSD Arts for All plan! Click here to read the plan. You can also check BUSD’s website for further updates or take a look at their new mini-site focused on the plan:


On Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00pm, the BUSD Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting, focusing on several items, including the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the 2017/2018 Budget. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium at the Burbank Adult School (3811 Allan Ave, Burbank, CA 91505). All interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Click here to read the agenda, which includes the LCAP and budget. 

About BUSD’s Arts for All Plan:

Beginning in January 2016, a variety of local and county arts education stakeholders were assembled by BUSD to form a Community Arts Team (CAT). This group worked alongside BUSD Arts & Career Technical Education Coordinator, Peggy Flynn, and BUSD VAPA TOSA, Daniel Swartz, to review and revise BUSD’s current Arts for All Strategic Plan.

The BUSD Board of Education called a Special Board Meeting on February 9th to add detail and more specifics to the Arts for All Strategic Plan to cover the next three years. Many Foundation representatives, teachers and District personnel were in attendance in support of the discussion.

Click here to read the BUSD Arts for All Strategic Plan, adopted in June 2016!

Click here for news stories about the Arts for All Plan!


Arts Education, A California and Burbank History:

In 1978, after the passing of Proposition 13 in the state of California, arts education in our public school system saw a significant decrease in funding. Schools cut programs, sold band instruments and gave pink slips to art and music teachers. Students no longer experienced creativity in their education and instead were focused on filling in bubbles and taking tests.  Yet for the past 30 years, arts education supporters across the state have been working in partnership with local school districts to bring back arts education in the classroom.

In Burbank, our forward-thinking District  – along with support from our parent and business community – adopted its Arts for All plan in 2005 and soon after, Burbank Arts for All Foundation was founded in 2006 to provide supplemental funding for arts education and inform our community about the importance of a quality arts education.

Our Burbank community has the perception of being “well off,” under the shadows of our mega-entertainment companies – especially in a city that is proud to brand itself as the “media capital of the world.” The reality is our student body is diverse: 8 of our 16 schools qualify for Title 1 funding, with 40% or more of our students come from low income families, and our English Language Learners represent Spanish, Armenian and Arabic cultures, among others.

We believe the arts are transformative, helping students to overcome their everyday pressures and accomplish their social, emotional and academic goals. Burbank Arts for All Foundation works in partnership with Burbank Unified to rebuild and grow creativity in the classroom for all students.


Highlights from Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s History in Advocacy:


  1. BUSD selected for Wallace Initiative and, working with Arts for LA, the Advocacy Program begins
  2. Advocacy Committee & Community effectively advocate for the District & Board of Education to maintain the arts coordinator position & the 2 elementary music teaching positions.


  1. Arts Advocacy Committee becomes Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Community Outreach Group which convenes during the school year to support parent engagement, legislation and advocacy and volunteerism.


  1. Community Outreach Group convenes the first meetings during the school year and hosts “An Evening with Dr. Kavin Buck” to support students interested in performing arts college opportunities.
  2. Foundation Board of Directors members attend Burbank Council PTA meetings as an aligned partner to share news and advocate for arts education


  1. Community Meetings introduce Guest Speakers and Highlight Grant Impacts at School Sites
  2. Participate in BUSD’s Community Arts Team to review and update BUSD’s Arts for All plan.
  3. Foundation staff and Board of Directors members attend Burbank Council PTA meetings as an aligned partner to share news and advocate for arts education


  1. Partnered with Arts for LA to support arts education and arts and culture survey for City Council/School Board Elections
  2. Community Meetings become a place for candidates to engage in supporting arts education and put a spotlight on arts education programs at Providencia Elemetnary, John Burroughs High School, Jefferson Elementary, and Luther Middle School. We also welcomed guest speakers from Arts for LA, KCET’s Artsbound, Woodbury University’s Schol of Media, Culture and Design, and Community Chevrolet
  3. Foundation staff and Board of Directors members attend Burbank Council PTA meetings as an aligned partner to share news and advocate for arts education


  1. Foundation Executive Director was invited by the Mayor to tour and present at joint council meeting regarding a possible Workforce Training Center in Burbank focused on Digital Media or Digital Technology
  2. Joined LCAP meetings for BUSD supporting an increase in arts education funding and resulted in a Board Adopted goal for arts education in the 2014-2015 school year
  3. Foundation staff and Board of Directors members attend Burbank Council PTA meetings as an aligned partner to share news and advocate for arts education
  4. Our Community Meetings highlitet arts education progams at Muir Middle School and Burbank High School and welcomed guest speakers from Arts for LA LA County Arts Commission and local business, Aramark.


  1. Community engagement programs brought together 400 of Burbank’s best creative supporters
  2. Community Meetings continue to be a place for parents, artists, School Board members, and City officials to engage in supporting arts education. We highlighted arts education programs at Miller Elementary, hosted a conversation about BUSD’s general music education program in grades 2 through 5 and highlighted Burbank High’s partnership with Nickelodeon in animation classes, as well as John Burroughs High School’s creativity center in the school’s library.
  3. Foundation staff and Board of Directors members attend BUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan and Burbank Council PTA meetings to share news and advocate for arts education


  1. Foundation staff and Board of Directors members attend BUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan and Burbank Council PTA meetings to share news and advocate for arts education
  2. Executive Director attends Career Technical Education (CTE) planning meetings to support growing BUSD CTE programs.
  3. Participate in BUSD’s Community Arts Team to review and update BUSD’s Arts for All plan.
  4. Community Meetings continue to highlight arts education programs at Disney Elementary, Jordan Middle School and, in December, we will visit Washington Elementary. In March, we also welcomed guest speakers at New York Film Academy.

Want to get involved in arts education on the Los Angeles County level?

Our partners are Arts for LA and LA County Arts Education Collective.

LA County Arts Ed Collective LogoIn honor of its 15th anniversary, our regional partner, LA County Arts for All has changed its name to LA County Arts Ed Collective! Click here to read their press release, and be sure to check out their brand new website, full of information on arts education throughout the county, the Collective’s partners, helpful resources, and MORE at:


On June 13-14, 2016, the J. Paul Getty Museum welcomed arts integration stakeholders to join a free gathering in Los Angeles at the Getty Center. 116 leaders from academia, advocacy, the arts, cultural institutions, education, journalism, and philanthropy gathered for this thoughtful, active exploration of the state of arts integration across California. From Burbank, Peggy Flynn, BUSD Arts and CTE Coordinator, and Trena Pitchford, Executive Director of Burbank Arts for All Foundation, attended. Click here to learn more.

As a follow up to the convening, our local partners where asked to reflect on the presentations:

Click this link to read Arts for LA Executive Director Sofia Klatzker’s blog about “5 Inspiring Perspectives on Arts Integration.”

Click this link to read LA County Arts Commission’s Talia Gibas’ blog about “Four Challenges to Arts Integration in California Classrooms.”

arts for la logoLos Angeles County requires an informed, engaged, and involved society able to participate in their community and in their government. Participation in the arts is a crucial catalyst in fostering engaged residents, developing opportunities for public debate, volunteerism, and lifelong learning. Arts organizations and arts supporters play a critical role in advancing the arts in the region.


Get involved and stay informed with what’s happening in arts & culture in Los Angeles County through

Arts for LA has compiled a comprehensive list of events and activities to help keep you informed about what is happening in arts and culture on local, state, and national levels.

Click here to check it out and see what you can do RIGHT NOW to support the arts.
Click here to read Arts for LA’s recommendations on how you can take action at a local, state, and national level.

The application for Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program is open NOW until July 16th. ACTIVATE  is an advocacy training and leadership development program that recognizes the importance of local leaders and seeks to empower these individuals with the skills, knowledge, and an expanded network to effect change in communities across Greater Los Angeles. Click here for more information on ACTIVATE and how to apply!

The Otis College of Art & Design has released the 2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy! This report is full of information on the economic impact of creativity, and focuses on both the LA Region and California overall.


On Thursday, June 22nd at 11am, join Arts for LA executive director Sofia Klatzker and CA State Senator Ben Allen for a FREE webinar, “Navigating the Political Landscape: Effecting Change in the Arts,” presented by WESTAF. Click here for more information and to register.


Laura Zucker announced her plans to leave her position as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission on July 31, 2017. Ms. Zucker has been a driving force in the development and support of the arts and culture ecosystem of Los Angeles County over the last 25 years. Her leadership has led to a number of significant policy changes, programs and initiatives that influence not only the region but the field-at-large nationally. Click here to read the full press release.

From our friends at the California State level:

createCA is a coalition of dedicated and innovative leaders who understand that together we have the power to create lasting change for every California student. createCA currently has three key projects: (1) Creativity at the Core, (2) Arts Ed Data Project, (3) LCFF Arts Education Advocacy. Learn more about them here.

On March 15, 2017, the California Department of Education opened the California School Dashboard to parents, educators, and families. The goal of the brand new California School Dashboard is to make available easy to read information all stakeholders can use to evaluate schools and districts. The dashboard will show multiple state and local measures instead of the heavy reliance on test scores of the prior Academic Performance Index (API).

California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) advocates for high quality arts education for all students by providing policy expertise and by mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners.

CAAE’s Legislative Update page tracks bills in the California Legislature that could impact arts programs in our schools and offers an in depth view or opinion on current policy issues.

CAAE has also recently released the 3rd edition of The Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning, in partnership with the LA County Arts Education Collective. The guide provides best practices, innovative ideas, templates, and strategies to navigate the terrain of arts education planning.

Other important news from CAAE includes:

Theatre and Dance Act: IT IS NOW LAW!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to establish single-subject teaching credentials for theatre and for dance was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.

“California is the arts and entertainment capital of the world, yet we are one of only two states in the country that does not authorize teaching credentials in theatre or dance,” Allen said.  “I am so pleased that we have finally elevated these two important disciplines to the stature they deserve,” he added.

Under the current system, students who major in dance as an undergraduate are required to obtain a credential in physical education in order to teach dance.  A theatre undergraduate major can only teach theatre after obtaining an English credential.

Four-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Annette Bening, testified in support of the bill earlier this year at a hearing of the Senate Education Committee.  “I think it’s the right thing; it serves students, it dignifies our teachers, and it will uplift our community,” Ms. Bening said.

There are 13 core subjects for which specific credentials are authorized.  Art and music are among them, but for no logical reason, theatre and dance are not.  In fact, theatre and dance are the only subjects that have detailed standards in law which do not also have a credential.

SB 916 was coauthored by Senators Robert Hertzberg, Anthony Cannella, Jean Fuller, Andy Vidak, and Assemblymembers Kansen Chu, Cristina Garcia, Brian Maienschein, and Patrick O’Donnell.  It had the support of the California Alliance for Arts Education (sponsor), the California Dance Education Association, the California Educational Theatre Association, Theatre Bay Area, the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers and United Teachers Los Angeles.

From our National friends at Americans for the Arts:

Do you have questions about how the arts can support the academic goals of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

(Adopted in 2015, the U.S. Department of Education has begun a process to implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and at the same time, 50+ state education agencies have started their administration of the new law. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind)

November 28, 2016: US Department of Education announces final regulations for ESSA. Click this link for the announcement

Click this link to read “7 Basics to Know about ESSA and Arts Education”

Click this link for a more lengthy list of general resources regarding ESSA and Arts Education

Click this link to read the latest news as of August 9, 2016

How YOU can support the arts today!

Click here for the article “Why art?! We’ll tell you why. And, we can prove it.” by Merryl Goldberg, Professor of Music at California State University San Marcos and Director of the ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign of Center ARTES

Click here for tools, resources, and information to help make your case for the arts and arts education as well as ways you can take action today.

Click here for up-to-date information from Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund.

Click here for the “Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in 2017” by Randy I. Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy for Americans for the Arts

Click here to sign the National Petition to President Trump to Support the Arts in America