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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

 Upcoming Events

ArtsEdConnect Educator Grants from SV Creates 

Arts Grants for Santa Clara County Teachers
The ArtsEdConnect program awards grants to teachers and classrooms in Santa Clara County to support and encourage arts education in our schools. ArtsEdConnect is jointly managed by SVCREATES and ALearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
The ArtsEdConnect partnership is pleased to announce that through the generosity of the County of Santa Clara and the Warmenhoven Family Foundation $150,000 will be awarded again this school year. There will be two grant cycles. The first round of 2018-2019 grant applications are now open and close on September 30th 2018. The second round will open on January 21st 2019 and close on February 4th 2019.

Grants of up to $1,000 per teacher are available to help take students to performances or museums, bring artists to the classroom, or help with student performances and special, interesting arts projects that local teachers can create for their students. Grants of up to $250 per teacher are available for the purchase of arts-related materials for special class art projects.

Create CA Convening Early Bird Registration now open
Boldly Create Our Future: Create CA Convening 2018 
October 15-16, 2018 in San Jose.

In partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Never have we been in such a moment of opportunity for arts education in California. Join us as we think together, reflecting on the resources that currently exist, and the strategies that are needed to take full advantage of the launch of the new Visual and Performing Arts Standards in January. Register and book your hotel room now!​
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10th Annual Marion Cilker "Arts Really Teach" Conference 

Save The Date - October 27, 2018 

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The 10th Annual Marion Cilker "Arts Really Teach" Conference ​will take place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 and Friday, November 2nd.  The conference features two separate days of professional development engaging about 450 pre-school to 8th grade teachers and pre-service teachers. The conference features standards-based workshops in the arts and arts integration. In the true spirit of the arts, our workshops exemplify creativity, excellence, and cultural inclusivity. This conference is co-sponsored by Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

Vist the NEW website for introductionary information. Sessions, speakers, venues, and registration information will be available August 2018! Click Cilker SATURDAY 2018 SJMA.pdffor a flyer. 

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Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards Feedback Sought

The draft California Arts Standards will be posted for public review and comment until September 30, 2018. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the draft Arts Standards. Comments received from the public will inform the IQC's actions at its November 15–16, 2018 meeting when they will edit and recommend the draft VAPA Standards to the SBE for adoption in January 2019. Don't miss out on this opportunity to provide input.

How to provide input

1.    Go to the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards webpage and scroll down to "Draft VAPA Standards". You will see seven documents to review, an Introduction, a Glossary, and standards by discipline.

2.    Once you have reviewed the standards documents select the link "Provide Public Comment". This link will take you to a survey where you may provide input. It is not necessary to complete the entire survey. Instead, you may wish to focus your efforts on 2-3 documents such as the Introduction, glossary, and one discipline in which you have teaching experience or expertise.

3.    While reviewers may submit general comments, if you have very specific feedback it is useful to identify page and line numbers and provide specific language.

The online survey will remain open through September 30, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. If your comments exceed the character limits in the survey, you may also send your detailed feedback in an email message with the subject line "Standards Feedback"

Recruitment for the VAPA Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)!

The VAPA CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the VAPA Framework which will be revised to incorporate and support the revised Arts Standards.

Credentialed teachers; school, district, and county administrators; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups or educational organizations including teaching artists, and museum educators are encouraged to apply.

The submission period for the online application is August 1–October 15, 2018. The online application will close on October 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. You can access the application on the Visual and Performing Arts Framework webpage.

Before submitting your application, ensure that you have discussed your intentions with your supervisor (if applicable), and have a 2-3 page resume in Word or PDF format that is ready to upload.

All VAPA CFCC meetings will be held at the California Department of Education on the following dates:

  • February 28–March 1, 2019
  • April 4–5, 2019
  • May 2–3, 2019
  • June 13–14, 2019
  • July 18–19, 2019
  • August 15–16, 2019

2018 Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Competitive Grant


The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce a 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) to fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) competitive grant projects, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.  For more information, please see the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Competitive Grant web page.

For more information about and get support for the grant, visit 

Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA)  Meetings Announced 

Join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Click VAPA_Meetings_2018_19.pdf for the flyer.  Click here to register. In addition to talking deeply about "What data can we use to measure Arts in schools?", we will also have a session on the California Student Support and Academic Achievement (SSAE) Grant. (see below) 

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Network Meetings for all Arts Teachers 

Join us on Monday, January 14th, 2019 for a networking opportunity. See flyer for more information and to register. See you there! 

Flyer: VAPA_2018_19 Network_Meetings.pdf


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