Amador Alliance for Arts Education


Citizens advocating for rigorous, sequential, standard-based arts education in all public classrooms & all grades.


Now is your chance to weigh-in on Arts Education at a State-wide level.

Read below and call AmadorArts with any questions at 256-8166.

California’s Draft Arts Education Framework is Open for Public Comment & Five Reasons To Read It:

By Mary Beth Barber

California public school students have learned visual and performing arts under a series of standards and a framework that is 20 years old. That’s about to change. The State Board of Education adopted a new series of California Arts Standards for dance, media arts, theatre, music and visual arts in January 2019, and is poised to pair that up with a new Arts Framework as well.
Professional education writers worked diligently with a team of 20 arts education advisors for months from January to August this year. The draft Arts Framework is available for a first round of public review until December 1. Here are excerpts from the five reasons why you should read the draft Arts Framework and comment before the deadline. 
  1. The Arts Framework will likely be in place past 2030. The Arts Framework will be the leading guide for dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts in California public schools. CDE published the last arts framework in 2004. This one will likely be in place for at least a decade, likely more.
  2. How schools teach the arts shifts with the new Arts Standards. The previous Visual and Performing Arts standards had a focus on content. The newly adopted Arts Standards are grounded in arts processes with anchor standards based on these processes. This represents a significant shift.
  3.  Media Arts now stands alone. Media arts was not considered its own VAPA discipline previously, that has changed.
  4. Prevent unintended consequences. While instructional frameworks are advisory, most schools abide by frameworks to the letter, and the language in a framework can have far-reaching consequences.
  5. Advocate for more arts education. The Arts Framework is not just for those who teach the arts in the classroom…The document directly addresses how to implement robust arts education in schools to further educational goals and positive school climate.
From the California Department of Education:

Development of the California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The California Department of Education (CDE) is developing the California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) to incorporate and support the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve, which were adopted by the State Board of Education in January 2019.

  • Schedule of Significant Events
    The schedule of significant events for the revision of the Arts Framework was approved by the State Board of Education on July 11, 2018.
Public Comment for Draft Arts Framework

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) approved the draft Arts Framework for public review and comment on September 19, 2019. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the IQC. The comment and suggestions received will be reviewed at the IQC meeting on January 15–16, 2020, when the IQC will consider recommending the draft Arts Framework to the State Board of Education for adoption in May 2020.

Select the link below to access an online survey to review and comment on the various sections of the draft Arts Framework. The online survey will remain open through December 1, 2019.

To download the draft chapters approved by the IQC, select the links below:

Comments regarding the Draft Arts Framework may also be sent to the Executive Director of the IQC care of the VAPA mailbox. The deadline for public comment on the draft Arts Framework is January 1, 2020.

Instructional Quality Commission
1430 N Street, Room 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-319-0172

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Young artist and arts advocate, Aidan shares some of his visual art with AmadorArts.

In 2018, the Amador Alliance for Arts Education helped the Amador County Unified School District to adopt the “Declaration for Equity in Arts Learning”. This document confirms the districts commitment to equitable arts education for all students at all grade levels. These efforts were directed by student alliance members Deja Douglas, Emily-Ann Hopkins, and Lulu McBroom Briggs. The Amador Alliance works to secure sustainable funding for arts education especially state funds in the LCAP system (Local Control Accountability Plan), which must be allocated based on community needs and input. Citizen input is essential to establishing secure funding for arts education.

Helping all students get access to all kinds of arts and arts education!

California Alliance for Arts Education works together to support and facilitate the development of policy that directs funding towards equitable Arts Education for ALL California students.

The Amador Alliance for Arts Education is part of the California Alliance for Arts Education.  The California Alliance and our local network works to develop broad support for arts education as an essential part of a comprehensive education for every child.  The group seeks to increase diverse support for arts education among local and statewide decision-makers including school board members, school administrators, parents, teachers, and elected officials.  The Amador Alliance for Arts Education is also here to support our teachers in bringing the arts into their classroom. If you are interested in bringing the arts into your classroom, please contact us and we will do whatever we can to support you. Connect with us on Facebook or get more information about the California Alliance for Arts Education at logo