Arts Ed Advocacy


Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education

We are a county-wide network of community members, educators, businesses, and parents that advocate for arts education for all students in every school in Santa Cruz County.

Sign up here for the Alliance mailing list

We believe that the arts:

  • „Promote the Common Core State Standards
  • Awaken the full potential of every student
  • Break down barriers
  • Provide opportunities to express diverse cultural heritages

You can get involved:

  • Take this brief survey and let us know how you can help.
  • Contact Arts Education Manager Sarah Brothers.

Santa Cruz Arts Ed Data Mapping Project

We know there are many incredible arts education programs and arts experiences happening in the schools across our county. But to date there’s been no comprehensive picture of arts education offerings and enrollment in each school and district. Last year we embarked on a pilot arts education data mapping project for Santa Cruz County. The full report and preliminary findings were released Fall 2017 and can be viewed here.

Recent Online Resources

Arts Education Navigator
A new series of arts educational e-books from Americans for the Arts. The first e-book details data showing the impact of the arts on students, the decrease in the amount of funding and time for the arts in schools, etc. All of the e-books have big, colorful charts.
Visit the Website

A Policy Pathway: Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title 1 Goals
California Alliance for Arts Education’s April 2013 policy paper on the status of arts education in California schools. This is the first statewide study done since 2004.
Download the PDF

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth
Findings from four longitudinal studies by James Catterall and colleagues. The paper contains lots of data on the impact of arts education with low-income, marginalized children and youth.
Download the PDF

Websites with Excellent Advocacy Information

  • Americans for the Arts: Visit the Website
  • California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE): Visit the Website
  • Arts Education Partnership (AEP): Visit the Website
    Also, look for the AEP state arts policy generator that details policy requirements state by state.


Fact sheets




            • Barry’s Blog is the blog for WESTAF – The Western States Arts Federation – a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.