September 2023 Newsletter

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to share this newsletter with information about National Arts in Education Week, Arts Learning Gallery Exhibition, Poetry Out Loud, Create CA Advocacy Opportunities, and 2024 East Bay Innovation Awards. All of the programs of the Arts Commission are based on the belief that arts and creativity are essential to every successful and thriving community.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in supporting and strengthening the Alameda County arts community!

National Arts in Education Week

September 10-16

In celebration of National Arts in Education Week during the week of September 10, the Arts Commission is sharing three new coloring pages. Everyone is invited to download, print, and enjoy the coloring pages that celebrate arts education and lifelong learning through the visual and performing arts! You are encouraged to share with friends, families, schools, and community locations. National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

Arts Learning Gallery Exhibition

The Arts Commission presents a group exhibition featuring artwork by the East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ) through January 25, 2024. The exhibition is on view in the Board of Supervisors Lobby Gallery on the 5th Floor at the Alameda County Administration Building at 1221 Oak St., Oakland, CA. EBHQ was founded in 1978 and is one of the largest active quilting guilds in the United States. The exhibition features 15 quilters who are members of EBHQ. A virtual exhibition is also being shared online. Click here for more information about the Arts Learning Exhibitions and the Arts Commission’s arts education program Create. Quilt Image: Wingsail by Padma Rubiales.

Alameda County Poetry Out Loud

School Participation Deadline October 13

All Alameda County high schools and community organizations with youth in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in Alameda County Poetry Out Loud. This national poetry recitation program helps students practice public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary creative expression. Poetry Out Loud provides free, online curriculum resources including a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, poetry archive, and student performance videos. Structured like a spelling bee, school/community organization winners advance to the County competition in February, then the State competition in March, and ultimately National Finals in April. Find out more about Alameda County Poetry Out Loud and register your school today!

Create CA Arts Advocacy Training and Tools

Training Sessions: September 19 & 21

Create CA, in partnership with Friends of Sacramento Arts, Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, Arts for LA and CA PTA, is offering a free training webinar about new opportunities for arts education resulting from the passage of Proposition 28. Known as the Arts and Music in Schools Act, it includes $800 million+ funding annually to increase equity and access to arts education. Parents, students, teachers and community members, sign up for the training to learn about ready-to-use tools that support communication with school leaders and help raise awareness about the opportunities resulting from Proposition 28.

Also, Create CA is providing parents and community members with a helpful tool to be an arts education advocate for your school community! Download and print out Create CA's arts education flyer with all the vital information about equitable arts education and how to get your voice heard!

Create CA encourages parents to share this flyer with your LCAP/LLP leaders, your principals and school administrators at your next school open house. Join the effort to make a change for our students, for a better future, today!

2024 East Bay Innovation Awards

Nomination Deadline September 29

The nominations period for the 2024 East Bay Innovation Awards presented by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance is now open! The submission Deadline is Friday, September 29, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please send an email [email protected] or call (510) 272-6746. In the meantime, click here to nominate a company or organization. There is a category for Arts & Culture!

Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts

Federal Arts Advocacy

California Arts Council

Grant Opportunities

Californians for the Arts

News, Resources and Events

California Arts Advocates

Arts Advocacy

Create CA

Arts Education Advocacy

Top artwork image: Fiesta! by Barbara Sanders

This artwork is part of the East Bay Heritage Quilters Exhibition. Artwork copyright the artist.

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