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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

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Artspiration Community Survey

                    Santa Clara County Office of Education is committed to advance the equity goals
            for arts education and
integrated learning in Santa Clara County public schools. This
       survey will take 5 minutes of your time. We greatly
appreciate you sharing your thoughts. 



Arts Education Year-End Debrief

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June 2, 2020 | 3:00 P.M. Zoom Meeting

Join us as we introduce the new Arts Coordinator, Sofia Fojas. 

How can Artspiration SCCOE can support arts education in Santa Clara County.

June 2, 2020 - Arts Yr End Debrief + S Fojas Intro Announcement.pdf

To register, please click here or use the following site:

2020 Congressional Art Competition 
In California's 19th Congressional District

              Each spring, a nation-wide arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of
              Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage
              the artistic talent around the country, as well as in California's 19th Congressional District.


             The Congressional Art Competition is open to all middle and high school students in our District.
             The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington
             will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The
             winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.



                 The following message is from CreateCA, for more information please click the hashtag image above or
                 use the hyperlink below.

                 Art gives all of us the power to make meaning. Through stories, we understand how small details come to
                 represent big ideas. This week, as part of
Create at Home, we’re giving you the tools to make sense of your
                 world with art.

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, College Techniques, Art with Mrs. Cordero

           Theater:  American Alliance for Theatre and Education

           Dance: Luna Dance, National Dance Education Organization (Webinar: Teaching Dance Virtually for Students with Disabilities 4/9)

           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.)


           CA Arts Council -

           CCESSA Link (All arts): 

           Policy/Research:  Arts Education Partnership:

Posts are for informational purposes only. The views expressed herein are those of the presenter/partner; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the SCCOE. Any questions/comments related to the content should be directed to the original source. ​



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 sfojas@sccoe.orgI 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 

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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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