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Updated 5/4/12

The LAUSD Elementary Arts Program is scheduled for a 100 percent cut for 2012-2013. Under current budgeting, The Arts Branch administrative staff is budgeted to be reduced to one position. 10 years of growth are set to be lost, and the District may never recover. This is the time to fight before we lose what is left of what is considered one of the best elementary arts programs in the nation!

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Save the Arts, an organization dedicated to preserving arts education in LAUSD, will hold a fundraiser event and art auction for the Arts Education Branch at the Cocoanut Grove Auditorium Theatre on Saturday, June 2, 2012. All donations through Save the Arts will be used to save arts teacher positions or fund arts materials in LAUSD schools. We'd love your donations!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Elementary Arts Education Coalition Contact Form

Thursday, January 21, 2010

LA TIMES Culture Monster Post: LAUSD board meets to discuss fate of elementary school arts education

Principal Stephanie Harris, recently of Short Avenue Elementary School and now assigned to 54th Street Elementary School, presented the following to the LAUSD School Board at the Committee of the Whole on January 19, 2010.

"Our API continued to grow at a modest rate, as we provided high quality first instruction, used data to drive our instruction and intervention, and used reflective cycles of instruction. Then in 2007, we became an APS School via the Arts Education Branch from whom we gained credentialed dance, theater, and visual arts teachers.  These teachers, though only part-time at my school provided outstanding instruction in the various arts with direct correlations to Open Court, often making reading come alive for some of our most struggling students and allowing them to make connections to the curriculum in ways that some had never done before.  Student morale was very high, disciplinary issues were almost non-existent.  The only thing that was introduced that year was the arts program and nobody wanted to miss dance, art, music, or drama! No new intervention programs, no increase in Title 1 spending, no new textbooks in reading or math, no new core teachers...just art.  Yet we were all stunned when our API shot up 44 points that year! Again, nothing was new to our school except for the arts!  Could art have had such a significant impact on student achievement?  I absolutely think so.  "

The Wrap : Covering Hollywood: It's Time to Save Arts Education in L.A.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Glee Creator Ryan Murphy's Shout Out for Arts Education at the Golden Globes

 "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and Ms. Barbra Streisand. On behalf of our wonderful crew and our fake sexy teen cast, we would like to thank all of the wonderful people who actually thought a musical would work on prime time television... this show is about a lot of things, it's about the importance of arts education. And this is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgy in high school. Thank you."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Otis College of Art and Design - 2009 Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Blog "Shop Talk : a-b-c's and a-r-t-'s"
..."We’ve been masterfully swayed by the idea that it’s an elite minority – quaintly enlightened arts enthusiasts like you and me – who truly appreciate the importance of arts learning, while some vague, nameless majority of other people believe that the arts are some esoteric area of study (or worse, mere recreation) that exist in a realm completely disassociated from “real life.” But in fact, according to a 2005 Harris Poll, 93% of respondents said that the arts are essential to a complete education. I’d even go so far as to say that participating in creative activities, from drumming circles to painting with water colors, simultaneously takes us outside of ourselves and shows us how to search within – meaning that the arts are not only part of a well-rounded education, they are at the heart of it."...

 -Michelle Weger