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22nd Annual Young Artist Showcase Announced 

Young Artists Showcase 2018

ART from the HeART

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Visit the Young Artist Showcase tab for more information!​

Arts in Your Classroom Conference - Saturday, March 3, 2018 

Bridging the Gap: Transforming Perceptions of Division
Saturday, March 3, 2018 • 9am-4pm • $25 per person
Location: Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA 95071


Don't miss Montalvo Arts Center's 16th annual conference 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. At this year's event, we are examining how we can use the arts to build tangible connections and cultivate empathy in an increasingly disparate and divisive world. Specific workshop topics engage with questions relating to the dualities of self/other, teacher/student, school/community, art/academics, technology/analog, and more.

Our 2018 keynote speaker will be Jeff Chang, award-winning author and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Buy tickets and learn more about the event at

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Meetings 

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Join us on March 19th in the Palo Alto Room at the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 4:00 P.M. for a discussion on Advocating for the Arts. We will also celebrate YOUTH ARTS MONTH​! All are invited to the VAPA meetings including teachers, administrators, community members, arts specialists, parents, students, and business leaders. Register here for notifications and reminders. 

State Board Appoints Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee Members!

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On January 18, 2018, the State Board of Education (SBE) appointed 21 members to the Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee(VAPA SAC). The VAPA SAC will assist the Superintendent in developing recommendations for revisions to the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (VAPA Standards) and create new standards for media arts. You can view a list of VAPA SAC members on the VAPA Standards Advisory Committee Web pageat

The VAPA SAC will meet four times: February 13–14, March 7–8, April 4–5, and May 3–4, 2018. VAPA SAC meetings are held at the California Department of Education and are open to the public. Agendas will be posted at least 10 days in advance of each meeting. You can view the agenda for the first VAPA SAC meeting by selecting the Meeting Agenda and Notice link on the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards Web page at

For additional details on the VAPA Standards revision, please see the VAPA Timeline at, approved by the SBE in September. Additional milestones include revisions to the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (VAPA Framework) by May of 2020, followed by the adoption of instructional materials in 2021.

Stakeholder Involvement

There are many opportunities to be involved in VAPA Standards and VAPA Framework revisions. Future opportunities to participate include the following:

  • Attending meetings and providing public comment on the VAPA Standards
  • Focus groups for the revision of the VAPA Framework (applications will be available mid-March 2018)
  • The VAPA Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (applications will be available in August 2018)

The purpose of this listserv is to provide periodic updates on the VAPA standards and framework revision process. Please feel free to forward this message to interested arts education stakeholders who may subscribe to the listserv by sending a "blank" e-mail message to

If you have any questions about the revision process, please contact Letty Kraus at

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