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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

Mission: Artspiration is committed to shared leadership in advocating, empowering, and supporting sustainable arts education to develop the creative capacity of each student and educator in Santa Clara County public schools.

Partnering with public schools, arts organizations, and the greater community to foster equitable and transformative education through the Arts.

Some of the entries 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. ​

   Upcoming Events  

Each month we send out an Artspiration Outreach E-Blast.  To be included in our email list, click here or access the Google form at this address:

You can read older e-blasts by clicking HERE or by using this link:


Come and join us in a new community of practice! 

All are welcome: teachers, administrators, teaching artists, arts organizations, and arts allies serving the young people in Santa Clara County.
Through the Artspiration Community of Practice, we will engage with each other around specific topics impacting our lives to improve teaching
and learning in a virtual world. 

Topics include ways to include new CA Arts Standards and Framework; social emotional learning and the arts; unpacking racism through the
arts; arts and the Black Lives Movement; and, indigenous ways of knowledge and learning. We see the arts as a tool for healing, connecting
to self and community, increasing student engagement, and nurturing creativity. The Arts are essential!

For more information and the flyer, click on the image above or go to

To REGISTER, please click here, or the use the following link,



               These results are preliminary and will be further defined as the study continues. These preliminary results are to assist in the safer
               return to performing arts activities. This study focuses strictly on the distribution of respiratory aerosol that is generated while playing 
               wind instruments, singing, acting, speaking, dancing, and in a simulated aerobic activity, which may potentially contain virus. This 
               study is based on previous research that shows the virus which causes COVID-19 can travel in respiratory aerosol. This study then
               was designed to identify performing arts activities that generate respiratory aerosol including volume, direction, density, and mitigation
               strategies. Aerosol is defined as solid or liquid particles suspended in a gas. For more information, please click here, or use this link.


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Leadership Series Hosted By CreateCA and CCSESA

             Join us for The Art of Everything, an interactive series on artful leadership to impact positive change and create more equitable
             schools. Author Dr. Gary Waddell hosts guest presenters, leaders, and arts educators in an exploration of artistry, equity, empathic
             design, and strategy.  For more information, visit

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Love, Move, Play: Dance in Early Childhood

             Luna Dance is offering a new virtual Dance in ECE course starting in February. Explore the essential nature of dance and movement for
             young children. Teachers, teaching artists and ECE educators are invited to participate. 

For more information, visit

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             Student Voices Campaign is an annual statewide creative arts challenge for students (grades 7-12) to make their voices heard!
          Advocate for the education you want to see in your schools! Outstanding art pieces will be selected and recognized in Spring 2021.

For more information, visit

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                Seeking Educators for CSET Art, Music and Multiple Subjects III (Visual and Performing Arts) Subject Matter Advisory Panels.

    The Commission is seeking applications for educators interested in participating on subject matter advisory panels to review draft subject
    matter requirements for redeveloped CSETs in the subject areas of Art, Music, Multiple Subjects (Visual and Performing Arts). Art, Music,
    and Multiple Subjects teachers (TK-12), and teacher educators with knowledge of the California Arts Standards, are encouraged to apply     
    apply. Panels will meet for online review conferences on the following dates

                                                                                             CSET: Art (January 19-20, 2021)

                                                                                           CSET: Music (January 21-22, 2021)

·                                                     CSET: Multiple Subjects Subtest III (Visual and Performing Arts) (January 26, 2021)

If you are a TK-12 Art, Music, or Multiple Subjects educator interested in applying, please use this link to apply:

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                      New Virtual Professional Development course for instrumental, vocal, and general music teachers at all grade levels.

For more information, visit



Can band and choir rehearsals be conducted in person if students meet outdoors, wear masks, and remain socially distant while playing or singing?


Response: At the present time, the guidance remains accurate and reflects the best science that we have available.  



      • Do not allow electives and extracurricular activities in which physical distancing (at least six feet) and face covering
        use cannot be maintained at all times.
      • Do not allow aerosol generating activities, including in-person choir, band, and vocal cheerleading activities
        (cheers and chants)due to increased risk of disease transmission 

        As there is not sufficient science around aerosol-generation of band and choral activities, both indoor and outdoor
        activities are prohibited at this time. We will continue to review additional science related to this topic and adjust
        the guidance as appropriate. 

        In-person choir, band, and vocal cheerleading activities must be modified to eliminate in-person singing, playing of
        wind instruments, cheering and chanting. We encourage schools to consider arts activities such as choir and band
        rehearsal usingZoom or other distance learning platforms that allows students to participate in separate spaces
        employing a flipped modelwhere practice is done at home or using distance-learning technology and in-person class
        time is used for non-aerosol generating arts activities (such as rhythm study, music theory, music history, composition,
        analysis, and more) may be done in person in classroom settings that comply with the guidance on classroom settings.  

Counties on the Move: Arts Education for All Students

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The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statewide Arts Initiative believes that the visual and performing arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All California students - from every culture, geographic region and socio-economic level—deserve quality arts learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum. Every student needs and deserves a high-quality education in the visual and performing arts. This publication is a celebration of progress in improving and increasing arts education throughout California through the 58 county offices of education. It is intended to provide a glimpse of the excellent work being done on behalf of students in California’s public schools. The document also serves another purpose. Along with snapshots of how county offices are supporting arts education, the information reveals the statewide arts education network and supporting infrastructure needed to provide leadership training, program planning, curriculum, professional development, and resources in arts education. Written in their own words, these short descriptions reveal different approaches in reaching our diverse student populations in California. For more information please click here or use the following link

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CDE 2020-21 Guidance for Arts Education

Please see the CA Department of Education Arts Education Guidance 2020-21 document for information and resources to determine how to safely provide arts education in alignment with the California Education Code. For access to the document, please click here or use the following link:

Arts Distance Learning & Updates  

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FALL 2020 Guidance for Music Education

With recent direction to cancel bands and choir until futher notice, educators are finding new and creative avenues to to teach. We would like to share some resources for PreK-12 school administrators and music educators seeking to provide meaningful music instruction for students of all ages and grade levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this unique time, music educators are modifying their practices not only in teaching, but in classroom orientation, cleaning, spacing and management. It is understood that, as trained professionals, music educators want to offer the very best instruction so all students can learn and grow in their knowledge, understanding, and love of music. This guide asserts that music educators can still do that, but also acknowledges that how we deliver teaching may be different than in the past. Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education: Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education (PDF) NAfMe COVID-19 Resources: NFHS Performing Arts COVID-19 Resources: NAfMe and NFHS Updated Guidance Info:

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                                                                ARTS ADVOCACY FOR ARTS ORGANIZATION

          As coronavirus surges in CA, we are not advocating to reopen arts until it is safe to do so and in accordance with public

          health. However, we are advocating for state issued guidelines so the arts sector can prepare to open and have parity with

          other sectors such as restaurants, shopping malls, cultural ceremonies, fitness centers and so on. We also want to be seen

          as part of the solution to the public health crisis offering an outlet for safe events and the mental health benefits of the

          arts. In addition, artists and culturally specific messaging will be integral to communicating the new behaviors we must

          adopt to get through this crisis. Wear a mask, stay safe and say home as much as possible. We are all in this together. 

          For more information, visit

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   NAEA will update this document regularly and it will be added alongside the existing "Tips for Returning to the Visual Arts and
   Design Classroom", "Tips for Teaching Visual Arts and Design in a Distance-Learning Environment", and "Tips for Higher-Ed and
   Preservice Members" to NAEA's 
Remote Learning Toolkit. For more information please click the icon above or use this linl
    to see the flyer:

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National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Representative from every NAEA division and membership at large have collected, curated, and shared strategies, approaches, lessons, units and and tools to support you as we are face with the challenges of and opportunities for distance learning and preparing for the 2020-21 school year.

NAEA Remote Learning Toolkit

                                                                Tips to Returning to Visual Arts and Design Classroom

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EdTA has reviewed multiple guides, studies, and expert resources and synthesized them into a series of suggestions for the reopening of theatre classrooms and facilities. This document offers recommendations for how theatre educators can continue to provide meaningful theatre 
education experiences for their students in the COVID-19 era, as well as programmatic guidance for state, district, and school decision makers 
who are tasked with deciding how education will be delivered to students in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. It represents the best guidance available at the time of writing.

                                            Recommendations for Reopening School Theatre Programs :

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The Nationial Dance Education Organization (NDEO) provides opportunities for professional development trainings, networking forum, resources, and tools for educators and administrators in the Art discipline of Dance. As we navigate through this time of COVID-19 and the social justice movments, NDEO offers various webinars, reading materials, and virtual meetings to support and respond during these challenging times. For more information, please use the link. COVID-19 Online Offerings :


CDE Distance Learning Guidelines: Effective Strategies and Opportunities to Access Federal Relief Funding: Custom Face Masks for Brass and Woodwind Players:


                    The following statement of support for arts education has been reviewed and endorsed by national organizations.

It is imparative that all students ave access to an equitable delivery of arts education that includes
dance, media arts, music, theatre, and virtual arts that supports their education, social, and emotional
well-being, taught by certified professional arts educators in partnership with community arts providers

For more information, please click on the flyer below.
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                 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.

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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. 

  • 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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