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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

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Arts Grants for Santa Clara County Teachers Announced 

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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 the 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. The second grant 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.

Click here for more information. 

Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA)  Meeting - January 22, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. for the VAPA Meeting for An Introduction to the new CA VAPA Standards. 
Experts from the California Department of Education will join us. All are welcome!
Click for the flyer VAPA Meetings_Flyer_18-19_NEW.pdf Click here to register. 
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Webinar - January 29, 2019 | 11:00 A.M. 

Arts Education for all students doesn't have a one-size-fits-all solution, so the Create CA Campaign team will host a webinar on January 29th at 11 am to give you the creative tools and resources you need to feel like you have even more energy, support, and impact.

This one hour interactive webinar will dive into:

— What this campaign is (and what it isn't)
— Models for partnership, and examples from the field
— Available resources, including new editable files and presentations
— Open Q&A

To register:

Introduction to New VAPA Standards for Teaching Artists 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 1:30 - 3:30 P.M. 

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose 

180 Woz Way, San Jose

Teaching Artists are invited to get an overview and introduction to the new California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve. Participants will understand the philosophical foundations, gain knowledge on the design and layout of the standards, and experience hands-on activities based on the standards.

The session is for Teaching Artists who support K-12 students through museum education, push-in programs, after-school programs, and other visiting teaching artist roles. Please indicate your main content area for supplies. The event and materials are free for registered participants.

Provided by Artspiration and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Arts in Your Classroom: A Catalyst
Saturday, March 2, 9am - 4pm
Registration opens Tuesday, January 22

Now in its 17th year, Montalvo’s Arts in Your Classroom conference is an engaging symposium exploring current topics related to integrated learning, intended for artists, educators, administrators, and members of the community interested in better understanding where arts and creative practice can enhance their professional and/or personal development. Featuring an inspiring keynote presentation, participatory workshops, and dynamic performances, this day will enrich and revitalize your perspective, giving you concrete methods to apply to your field. 

For its 2019 convening, our conference’s theme will focus on how the arts can be A Catalyst for Collective Wellness. Through the lens of different creative practices and pedagogical techniques, we will examine the concept of radical healing, wellness of self and community, overcoming individual and collective trauma, and cultivation of shared well-being and thriving communities.

To be notified when conference registration opens on January 22, sign up below. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about this event, visit the website. 

The Santa Clara County Office of Education announces the 2019 Young Artist Showcase:


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The competition is open to public school students, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, in Santa Clara County. This year's theme of "Your Art, Your Story" encourages students to tell their story through their art. Selected artwork will become a part of our Permanent Art Exhibit.

"Any work of Art must first of all tell a story." – Robert Frost 

"Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our own story."

 – Miguel Angel Ruiz

Visit the Young Artist Showcase page for eligiblity, submission information, and details. 

Network Meetings for ALL Arts Teachers - Monday, April 1, 2019

Join us on Monday, April 1st, 2019 for a networking opportunity. We will be meeting in Sunnyvale for our last networking event.

See flyer for more information and to register. See you there! 

Flyer: VAPA Teacher Meetings_Flyer_18-19_NEW.pdf

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