“An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently.”

- Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California

 

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PARENT? 8 Quick Ways - read more

1. Participate - Sing, play music, dance, or draw with your child at home.

2. Support - Encourage your child to participate in creative outlets and celebrate their participation in arts activities both in their school and the community.

3. Speak Up - Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for adequately funded arts education programs as part of the school’s budget. Keep up to date on the latest arts education news on our webpage.

4. Take The Lead - Tell your child’s teacher or principal about how vital the arts are to quality education. Ask them what they need and how you can help! Read the research on our website under Quick Facts so you can understand the importance of art education in your child’s development.

5.Think Local - Read your local newspaper or community website to find out about local cultural events for you and your child to enjoy.

6. Volunteer - Donate time, supplies, or other resources to your child’s school or a local arts organization's education programs.

7. Join The Cause - Join our organization.  It’s free!

8.Be An Advocate - Show your support for arts education by speaking with education leaders and decision makers.
 

 

STUDENT? 5 Enlightening Ways - read more

1. Participate - Sing, play music, dance, or draw and attend events that encourage those activities.

2. Support - Ask your teachers to include creative activities in your lessons and participate in your school and the community.

3. Speak Up - Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for arts education programs as part of the school’s curriculum. Keep up to date on the latest arts education news on our webpage.

4. Take The Lead - Tell your teacher or principal about how important the arts are to quality education. Ask them what they need and how you can help.  Read the research on our website under Quick Facts so you can understand the importance of art education.

5. Join The Cause - Join our alliance.  It’s free!
 

 

COMMUNITY MEMBER? 8 Energizing Ways - read more

1. Participate - Enjoy concerts, art shows, theater productions and other art activities in your community.

2. Support - Encourage friends and family to participate in creative outlets and celebrate their participation in arts activities both in their school and the community.

3. Speak Up - Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for adequately funded arts education programs as part of the school’s budget. Keep up to date on the latest arts education news on our webpage.

4. Take The Lead - Tell school leaders and city leaders about how vital the arts are to quality education. Ask them what they need and how you can help! Read the research on our website under Quick Facts so you can understand the importance of art education in children’s development.

5. Think Local - Read your local newspaper or community website to find out about local cultural events for you to enjoy.

6. Volunteer - Donate time, supplies, or other resources to schools or a local arts organization's education programs.

7. Join The Cause - Join our organization.  It’s free!

8. Be An Advocate - Show your support for arts education by speaking with education leaders and decision makers.
 

 

TEACHER? 8 Powerful Ways - read more

1. Activate  - In your classroom, find ways to incorporate singing, playing music, dancing, or creating visual art with your students.  Share best practices with other educators.

2. Support - Encourage your students to participate in creative outlets and celebrate their participation in arts activities both in their school and the community.

3. Speak Up - Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for adequately funded arts education programs as part of the school’s budget. Keep up to date on the latest arts education news on our webpage.

4. Take The Lead - Tell your principal or district administrators about how vital the arts are to quality education. Ask them what they need and how you can help!   Read the research on our website under Quick Facts so you can understand the importance of art education in your students development.

5. Participate in Professional Development opportunities in your school district, Arts Council Napa Valley and through higher education in arts education.

6. Think Local - Read your local newspaper or community website to find out about local cultural events for you and your class to enjoy.

7. Join The Cause - Join our organization.  It’s free!

8. Be An Advocate - Show your support for arts education by speaking with education leaders and decision makers.
 

 

ARTIST, PERFORMER or MUSICIAN? 7 Important Ways - read more

1. Share  - Explore the school in your locale and offer to assist.   Help teachers find ways to incorporate singing, playing music, dancing, or creating visual art with their students.  Share best practices with other educators.

2. Support - Make a school in your area about the opportunities to participate in creative outlets,  Celebrate when they participate in arts activities both in their school and the community.

3. Speak Up - Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for adequately funded arts education programs as part of the school’s budget. Keep up to date on the latest arts education news on our webpage.

4. Take The Lead - Tell your closest school’s principal or district administrators about how vital the arts are to quality education. Ask them what they need and how you can help!  Read the research on our website under Quick Facts so you can understand the importance of art education in child development.

5. Participate in Professional Development - Enroll in art education opportunities in higher education, through Arts Council Napa Valley opportunities or through the school district to learn the pedagogy involved in art education.

5. Think Local - Read your local newspaper or community website to find out about local cultural events for you and your class to enjoy.

6. Join The Cause - Join our organization.  It’s free!

7. Be An Advocate - Show your support for arts education by speaking with education leaders and decision makers.
 

 

 

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Support the work of the ACNV Education Alliance Today!

 
The Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance believes every student, regardless of economic circumstances, should experience a quality arts education. The visual and performing arts have a unique ability to communicate the ideas and emotions of the human spirit and connect us to our history, heritage and culture. They foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative skills. Beyond the classroom, the arts engender humanity and citizenship, which contribute to the vitality of communities and enrichment of the larger world.

The ACNV Education Alliance works to ensure all students have access to arts education by providing policy expertise and by mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners. Our programs support local advocacy efforts, provide valuable planning resources to school districts, and promote student voices in school decision making.

Every donation makes a difference. Thank you for your support!

 

 

* The Education Alliance is a program of the Arts Council Napa Valley. Donations made through this site support the ACNV Education Alliance fund.

 
 

Why I Support Arts Education

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.

–William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create."

–President Barack Obama

"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate."

–Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS

 

Napa Valley Community Foundation  |  Napa Valley Education Foundation  |  NOTES for Education  |  Art Association Napa Valley

The Sato Foundation  |  Community Projects, Inc.