Arts Education

The arts help students succeed in academics and life, by engaging their interest, stimulating creativity, improving critical thinking, encouraging collaboration, and building self esteem.

The Amador County Arts Council is committed to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the arts in our schools because Arts Education is mandated in California and the USA. 

Arts Education is REQUIRED for


K through 12.

The Amador County Arts Council provides standard-based visual arts curricula to all K through 6th classrooms at all six public elementary schools within Amador County. This Arts Education is provided for free to the students with no charge to the Amador County Unified School District, school sites, teachers, and families.

Watercolor5Elementary Visual Arts Education
Each year AmadorArts brings in-depth, standards-based curriculum taught by local, professional artists into all of our district’s elementary schools. More than 2,200 Amador county elementary students participate in a visual arts class facilitated by AmadorArts. Classes include: Kindergarten Color Wheel, 1st grade Lines, 2nd grade Doodle Art, 3rd grade Matisse-inspired Paper Collage, 4th grade Watercolor Technique, 5th grade Chalk Pastel, and 6th grade Ancient Chinese art integrated curriculum.


CampCommunity Arts Education
AmadorArts coordinates art classes, such as doodle art, watercolor, music, theatre, costuming, and more, at the ARC of Amador, which serves adults with disabilities, the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp, a state correctional facility, and at several Senior Housing facilities throughout the county.



B Street Theatre School Tours
AmadorArts also contracts with B Street Theater of Sacramento to bring their School Tour performances to all amador county elementary schools. These performances are fun, engaging theatre experiences which address subjects like science and history with a comedic twist.



Student Arts Showcase
Annual art show that features original artwork by local students who have received our K-6 visual arts curriculum in their public school classrooms. Each May inside the District Office. (Hannah Flock – I Need Coffee)



Poetry Out Loud
A national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.


Local, graduating seniors who are pursuing the arts in college are eligible to apply each year. Contact your school administrator for information.




Amador Alliance for Arts Education
An “Arts Now Community”. Local students and citizens advocate for arts education. We help the school district in planning to ensure that all students K-12 receive equitable, standard-based, rigorous, and sequential arts education. District Board of Trustees adopted the Declaration for Equity in Arts Learning following student presentation in January 2018.


Watch “Oh How I’ll Change the World” by Tori Gehr on YouTube:


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