Art IS Education Month 2014


Art IS Education is an annual, month-long showcase demonstrating the power of youth learning in and through the arts.

Each March, during National Arts Education Month, schools, school districts and community arts organizations participate in Art IS Education, where students have opportunities to share the process through which they have learned new skills, solved problems, taken risks, and persisted through obstacles, in order to bring form to their ideas expressed in works of art.

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The Art IS Education 2014 theme Tell Your Story! is an invitation for:

  • Youth to tell their story about their lives, community and what is important to them
  • You to tell your story about the power of arts learning in your community
  • All of us to tell the new story of transforming public school education by restoring the joy of learning
  • Parents and community members to experience the voice and vision of our youth through integrated learning

Art IS Education 2014 is an opportunity to:

  • Use simple tools on the Art IS Education website to plan, promote and present your student learning to your community
  • Learn about Studio Habits of Mind as a way to build a common language with students, parents and colleagues
  • Use Making Learning Visible techniques to reveal the learning happening in your classroom
  • Create a collective impact by being part of a countywide celebration and advocacy event

Join us for Art IS Education 2014! Tell Your Story! View our flyer here.

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Plan an arts learning event at your school or community site!

Events will be happening at schools, school districts, arts organizations and libraries throughout Alameda County.

Events can include sharing work in progress, a hands-on experience, or a celebration of completed work with parents and the school community. Be a part of this collective effort help advance a common understanding that the arts are an essential part of a complete education for every child, and a thriving Alameda County.

Use the theme Tell Your Story! to help inspire student visions of how the arts help us explore and express ourselves, our role in our community and the world. The theme is deliberately broad so that each community across the county can choose to explore it in their own creative way to encourage youth empowerment through art.

All of the arts--including visual, literary, performing and media arts--can be avenues for youth to tell stories about their lives, community, what they are learning, and what is important to them. We'd like to share with the countywide community what you and your students create! Email us at to feature your artwork on this website, or submit your story here.

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Create your own Art IS Education event! Use our step-by-step guides and templates to organize and promote an event in your school or community.

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What makes an Art IS Education event?

Events include presentations of visual and performing arts created by K-12 students with a public gathering at a school or community site. These events create a vehicle for students to share with their community what they are learning in and through the visual and performing arts. 

Visit the Creative Impact calendar to post your events and to find out what is happening around the county!


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Take Action

Toolkit: The New Story in public education is made of sweeping changes to funding, curriculum standards and assessments, and shared accountability. It provides a new opportunity for leaders and community to support every child. Moving away from an old, tired story, we have an opportunity to create a new one! Be a part of telling this new story by downloading The New Story Toolkit, which includes discussion prompts and instructions to support community conversations.

Video: Take a few minutes to view this video that captures community members sharing their visions of the new story.

Furthur Action: See what else you can do to take action as a supporter of arts education. 


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Art IS Education 2014 partners include: Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership, Alameda County Office of Education, Alameda County Arts Commission, Alameda County Library, Alameda County Sustainability, Alameda County Healthy Care Services Agency, Alameda County Probation, New Beginnings and 100 Families Alameda County 

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