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, so 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

Stay informed on local elections!

The upcoming Burbank General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Up for election are 2 seats on the Burbank City Council. Click here to read the statements from candidates running for Burbank City Council.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation has partnered with Arts for LA to host an arts and cultural survey for local candidates! Click here to read the candidates’ responses.

Click here for more information regarding dates, times, and locations for ballot drop-off. 

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

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BUSD invites parents and community members to help with its Local Control Accountability Plan. Meetings have been hosted since November, but it is NOT too late to share your voice! To see the schedule of meetings, click here to view BUSD’s webpage.

 

BUSD has a newly revised 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.

Special Board Meeting: Arts for All Strategic Planning: 2/9
The BUSD Board of Education called a Special Board Meeting on February 9th at 6pm 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 will be in attendance in support of the discussion.

Click here to read the newly adopted BUSD Arts for All Strategic Plan!

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.

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

2009:

  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.

2010:

  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.

2011:

  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

2012:

  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

2013:

  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

2014:

  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.

2015:

  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

2016:

  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 Commission’s Arts for All

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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 in the Town Hall meetings that the LA County Arts Commission is hosting through ArtsEquityLA.com

Learn what YOUR candidate thinks about arts and culture in LA County by clicking this link and reading the results of the arts and culture survey!

TAKE ACTION!

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.

ATTEND! 

Join Arts for LA for a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 3, beginning at 6:30pm at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.

As part of the ArtsMonth celebration, the goal of the Town Hall Meeting is to engage artists and arts professionals in local opportunities and coalitions in which to demonstrate their civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration on the issues and challenges we face. Click here for more information!

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.

California Alliance for Arts Education advocates for high quality arts education for all students by providing policy expertise and by mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners. Latest news is :

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 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