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 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!

Want to know the history? Click here to read how and why we continue this work.

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



Are you interested in joining the City of Burbank’s Cultural Arts Commission? The City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission beginning August 16, 2017, through September 18, 2017. Those interested in applying for the vacancies may download, complete and print an application form on the City’s Website or pick up the application form in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 275 East Olive Avenue. Click here for more information!

Become involved in helping Burbank Unified’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:


Want to become involved in Burbank Unified’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?

BUSD has posted information including Power Point presentations and more on their website. Ats Education goals are listed in Goal #4 and Goal #3.  Just click this link!

 The Latest 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!



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 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 Saturday, April 22, 2017, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (with major support from Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University and Arts for LA) hosted an Arts Access Datathon, where nearly 150 participants, speakers, volunteers, and observers spent the day exploring how data can be used to improve access to the arts for all ten million residents of Los Angeles County. Click here to read the the Final Report and Tool Kit from the Datathon!

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