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2016-05-06

Paints and Good Food

2016-05-03

Crowdfunding for Children's Festival

2016-04-26

Dance and Drama One Step Closer

2016-02-26

From the March Newsletter

2016-02-26

March Newsletter

2015-10-04

Sacred Arts Festival Videos Now Available

2015-10-02

Arts Council Takes A Chance

2015-08-13

On Summer Break

2015-07-06

Arts Council Elects New President

2015-07-03

Grants and Scholarships

2015-04-23

Santa Ana Invests in Artists!

2015-04-15

Annual Soiree was Heroic

2015-03-18

Arts Council Annual Soiree Details

2015-02-02

Schools Turnaround With The Arts

2014-12-08

December Newsletter is here.

2014-12-08

Superheroes Campaign - One Month Left

2014-10-26

Music Therapy Reduces Depression in Kids

2014-09-27

Anaheim's Big Fish Nearly Open

2014-09-02

New Arts Season Begins

2014-08-13

We are on a brief recess

2014-06-09

Art and the Brain

2014-06-09

Awards Night at Arts Council

2014-02-09

The Mannequin Experiment

2014-01-18

Arts Council Theatre Night

2014-01-09

New Year: New Look. Our Website Changes

2014-01-02

Happy New Year to all our Readers

2014-01-01

The Role of Theatre in Anaheim

2013-11-25

OC Choral Society Plans Big Move to Anaheim

2013-11-10

Updates Today

2013-09-26

Art for Others’ Sake

2013-08-26

Sacred Arts Festival Moves Into 1st Gear

2013-07-17

Looking Back at the Last Few Months

2013-06-20

Why Arts And Humanities Matter

2013-05-29

Catch-up Time

2013-05-04

From STEM to STEAM

2013-04-18

Grant opportunities for older artists

2013-04-08

Arts Council Theatre Night Out

2013-04-08

The Taste of the Arts is Back

2013-03-25

Arts Council Ponders After School Arts Classes

2013-03-25

Congrats to Anaheim Ballet

2013-03-05

Public Forum on After School Arts Education

2013-02-15

Well Deserved Recognition for Becky Areias

2012-12-18

New Performing Arts Center - a Call to the City

2012-11-29

Reflections on the Fall Festival and the Art Crawl

2012-11-24

Champion for the Arts, 2013 - the Race Begins!

2012-11-23

Editor's Pick - What To See Over The Holidays

2012-10-24

Come Together Gets Props in City Council

2012-09-25

What's On In Anaheim?

2012-09-03

The Quest for AIPP

2012-06-30

Wind of Change for Arts Council

2012-06-30

When The Arts Feel The Pinch

2012-05-31

Children’s Festival 20 Years Old

2012-05-05

Hoagy Holguin named as Champion of the Arts

2012-04-27

Wine and Cheese Soiree at the Anaheim White House

2012-04-14

CI Music 'Wows' Arts Council

2011-12-09

Nutcracker Opens December 10th. What a treat!

2011-12-02

Photochemical Art Drips With Strange Noir

2011-11-13

The Heritage Forum: an Opinion

2011-10-16

Art in Public Places

2011-09-01

Bruno Gives Huge Boost to Local Non-Profits

2011-08-17

The Living Tradition Sets Out Full Program

2011-08-07

The Art Crawl Cometh

2011-06-04

Scholarship Winners Share Their Art

2011-05-19

Our invitation to YOU – join our summer party at Battle of the Dance

2011-05-03

Artists Wanted!

2011-03-14

Arts EXPO! Hailed a Success

2011-03-05

Did the News Disappear?

2011-02-13

Arts EXPO! Planned for March

2011-02-02

New Art Experience in Downtown

2011-01-09

An Hour of Inspiration

2011-01-06

Board Member hit by Police Car

2010-11-12

Awards for Art in Public Places

2010-11-07

Gallery Opens in Downtown Anaheim

TADA! Dance and Theatre Credentials Coming to California

By Joe Landon, 2016-09-27

September 26, 2016: Today, Governor Jerry Brown corrected a longstanding injustice in California’s arts education delivery system, and set the course for a brighter future for California’s students by signing SB 916 (Allen) into law, legislation that will establish single-subject teaching credentials in dance and theatre.

This is an issue that has burned in the hearts and minds of arts education advocates since 1970, when dance and theatre credentials were eliminated by the Ryan Act. Since then, teachers could only teach dance after obtaining a credential in Physical Education, and an English credential to teach theatre. Twice, legislative efforts to create these credentials were vetoed by the governor at that time.

Earlier this year, Senator Ben Allen (D-Los Angeles), chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, decided to take up the issue and introduced Senate Bill 916, the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA!). This effort picked up many vocal allies along the way, including actress Annette Bening, who testified on behalf of the bill in the Senate Education Committee. SB 916 made it through both houses of the legislature without a negative vote, buoyed by the support of the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, and a multitude of organizations and individuals across the state, including 750 advocates who responded to the Alliance’s advocacy campaign and sent letters to Governor Brown in support of the bill!

We would like to acknowledge the support of Kathryn Lynch, our lobbyist in Sacramento, who has shepherded all three efforts to enact this legislation; as well as Gai Jones, former president of the California Educational Theatre Association, who has been fighting for this change since the seventies. We are also grateful for the contributions of individuals including Malissa Shriver, Donn Harris, Dennis Mangers, Tiffany Mok, Ginger Fox, Jessy Kronenberg and members of the California Dance Education Association, and Carol Hovey and members of the California Educational Theatre Association.

Finally, we’d like to thank all the dedicated arts education advocates like you for your commitment and support for this measure.

Assembly Bill 2862 (O’Donnell) was also signed into law today, legislation that authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the Instructional Quality Commission, to recommend to the State Board of Education revisions to the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. The bill requires the State Board of Education to adopt, reject, or modify any revisions by January 31, 2019.

California's Visual and Performing Arts standards are one of the oldest sets of state standards that have not been revised or had a framework revision, and are in urgent need of an update to allow students to benefit from current curriculum, instruction, and instructional materials. This measure will enable California to update VAPA standards for students in grades pre-K through 12.

We will be dancing—and quoting Shakespeare—in the streets tonight! Thank you, Governor Brown!



 


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