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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative



I am happy to be back in Santa Clara County! Best wishes and good health to everyone as we navigate the new teaching
and learning ecosystem in this unusual time! As the Arts Coordinator for Santa Clara County Office of Education, I
am returning to the community where I have spent most of my career in education, as a classroom teacher/music director
 in San Jose Unified, and teacher leader for Artspiration and the former Arts Education Local Area Network (LAN).

I was born in Honolulu and came to San Jose in the third grade. Participation in the arts for me was learning the violin
in elementary school. Music class gave me a group to join, a discipline to study, and a place to belong. As an adult, I
became a professional musician and, then, a music educator. The belief that the arts are a necessary part of every child's
 life is fundamental to my work.

My work has always been strongly rooted in racial equity and community arts. I look forward to leveraging my experience
to support the teachers and students of Santa Clara County schools and connect local arts organizations and funders to
our schools.

Feel free to contact me at I will also be having open collaboration times on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 2:00-3:00 on Zoom. I look forward to a time soon when I can come out to visit your schools in person! 

Click here for the zoom link.

Be well and stay connected!

Sofia Fojas

Arts Coordinator 

Online and Distance Learning Resources 

          As we begin navigating through uncharted waters with school shut downs during the Covid 19 Pandemic,
          we are exploring alternative platforms and other creative sources for students to learn from home.

          Here are a few online sites to kickstart your transition as you continue to support and engage with your students
          in all five art disciplines. In addition, if there are any additional resources you would like to share with other 
          educators please send them to 

           Visual ArtNational Art Education Association

           Theater:  American Alliance for Theatre and Education

           Dance: Luna Dance

           Music:  NAMM Online Resources:  Bridging the Gap – Teaching and Learning Music Online:  Video Link

           Digital Arts: CTE Online  (Media arts discipline overlaps with CTE pathways Arts and Media Entertainment.)


           CCESSA Link (All arts): 

           Policy/Research:  Arts Education Partnership:

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VAPA Community of Practice Meetings 

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June 1, 2020 | 1:00 P.M. Location TBA

Please join us at the next Visual & Performing Arts Meeting! 

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Arts Teacher Network Meeting 

Thursday, April 30, 2020 

Please come back for more information. 

If you teach the Arts, join us for a night of networking and support. 

Register HERE

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#CaArtsEdChat on Twitter 

Every Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. 

Join @PCrooks_VAPA and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4:00 PST. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes. If you have never Twitter Chatted, here is the helpful website with instructions. 

November's theme is CREATING, one of the four artistic processes addressed by the California Arts Standards.  December's theme will be on PERFORMING, PRODUCING, and PRESENTING. 

the arts matter.

Film by Iris L., 10th Grader at Silver Creek High School, East Side Union High School District 

First Place Winner of the Student Voices Campaign  

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Iris L. with Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Superintendent of Schools


Read this article:

  • By Gary Waddell, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Educational Progress and Public Affairs 
  • for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

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