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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
           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
• 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
   – Ninety percent of residents across political and
     demographic groups say the arts are important (60%
     very important) in the school curriculum
• 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
• 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
• 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
     • 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
• 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
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
   – 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
• 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
   – 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
   – Can improve students’ skills in other subject areas, such as
     reading, math, science investigation and writing
• 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
• 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
   – 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
• The arts speak to creativity and innovation as does no other subject
  and research, coming in droves, now supports this statement
• Carol Kocivar, Vice President, Communications,
  California State PTA
  – The arts enriches the lives of children, families and
  – 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
Mark Slavkin, Vice President, The Music Center in Los Angeles
• 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
• 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
• 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
  – Loss of funds will steal community and educator’s
    faith and confidence that these efforts will be
• 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
• Cont.
• According to
  – 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
Sarah Murr, Global Corporate Citizenship
  Representative, The Boeing Company
• Boeing invests in the arts to promote healthy and vibrant
• 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
• Cont.
• The business community, as a whole, seeks creative
   – 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
   – 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

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