LACAC Main | Free
Thu, December 6, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
| The Center - City of Santa Clarita Activities Center

We all possess our own special collection of success stories that bear witness to the singular power of the arts to bring about positive growth and transformation in our students. How can we better understand the ways in which the arts have become particularly applicable to social emotional learning? How are districts developing systems to support the arts in SEL applications?

Please join us on December 6th at Centrepoint to convene with your colleagues in a discussion of the emergent priority around social emotional learning. We will engage in an interactive, arts-infused agenda to share and explore the strategies that our districts are using to achieve equity in arts instruction, to support school climate and to promote arts integration beyond academic outcomes into SEL.

Intended audiences for this convening are district visual and performing arts leaders, TOSAS and arts specialists.

Mon, October 29, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
| LA County Arts Commission

The "Virtual Reality Arts Education" prototype is part of the Arts Education Innovation Lab's efforts to achieve equity at scale in arts education for youth in LA county. Through the use of VR technology, collaborators hope to scale up arts education by transporting students to new realities in the arts and other content areas. In this think tank, participants will discuss vision, strategy, and concept planning surrounding the development and implementation of this work in LA County schools.

This session will Include

  • A review of VR prototype’s current state, and strategic goals for the future
  • Discussion of how VR can fit into existing curriculum in LA County
  • Live Q&A with Brett Heil, CEO of The Pulse (Australia-based virtual reality software company that is working in collaboration with the VR prototype)

The Arts Education Innovation Lab


LACAC Main | Free
Mon, October 1, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
| LA County Arts Commission

As part of the Fall 2018 grant cycle, all applicants are now required to submit a board-adopted cultural equity statement, policy, or plan with their application to be eligible for funding. This requirement was initiated by the Board of Supervisors from the Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative (CEII) and provides an opportunity for all to share the work of their organizations and their journeys over time. In preparing to meet the new OGP requirement, participants will be guided in reflecting on how their organizations’ missions and core values align with and support the larger goals of CEII.

LACAC acknowledges that the existence and the legacies of the work of culturally-rooted organizations reflect a longstanding commitment to honoring and upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion within the County.

The session will explore the broader context behind the requirement in conversation with Arts Commission staff and organizational leaders, and will be facilitated by Diane Burbie.

All participants will leave with a beginning draft statement, policy, and plan as well as strategies for communicating with their boards to allow for adoption in advance of the Fall Organizational Grant Program application period.

Pre-Work Recommended


Attendees should bring a copy of their organization’s mission statement and core values, and any existing cultural equity statement/policy/plan (if applicable).

Who Should Attend?


This session is intended for organizations that were founded—and continue to be grounded in—work around one or more specific aspects of human diversity, including but not limited to race. Priority will be given to current and prospective OGP grantees applying in the fall of 2018.

Attendees should be individual(s) who have influence and ability to engage the organization’s staff and board in this work, and/or have a current role and responsibility related to the organization’s cultural equity work. Teams from organizations, including board members, are strongly encouraged to attend.

LACAC Main | Free
Fri, October 12, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
| California Science Center

We are excited to announce the first joint meeting of art and STEM Leaders. Hosted by our partners at the LA County Office of Education (LACOE), we will explore STEAM through the lens of the California Science Center's blockbuster exhibit, King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. This meeting will provide District Art Coordinators and STEM leaders with technical assistance in implementing STEAM education in their districts.

Event attendees will: Listen to an orientation about the exhibition

  • View the exhibition
  • Participate in cross-curricular dialogue about STEAM
  • Learn about high-quality STEAM program design elements
  • Engage in a STEAM activity inspired by the exhibition in an effort to model strategies for deepening learning

Participants will also receive resources for professional development, updates on local initiatives, and district and site level planning. All materials will be provided

  • Continental Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Please dress comfortably for exhibition tour and art making activity
Fri, November 2, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 1: Integrating the Arts and English Language Arts

This award-winning professional development series is designed to integrate the arts with California State Standards and 21st Century skills. The series fosters a new version of instruction for elementary teachers, principals, directors, and assistant superintendents of curriculum that strengthens learning and equity through interdisciplinary project-based learning.

Fri, October 5, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 1: The Silk Road and the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

This arts education professional development series is designed for secondary teachers, arts coordinators, secondary administrators, and assistant superintendents. The workshops frame the importance of the arts to engage and maximize student learning.

Participants engage in activities to create multidisciplinary and project-based teaching in alignment with California State Standards including History/Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, and Visual and Performing Arts. Resources include video of modeled strategies, art works, lesson plans, and scholarly research.

Fri, March 8, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 2: STEM to STEAM—Project-Based Learning

This award-winning professional development series is designed to integrate the arts with California State Standards and 21st Century skills. The series fosters a new version of instruction for elementary teachers, principals, directors, and assistant superintendents of curriculum that strengthens learning and equity through interdisciplinary project-based learning.

Fri, January 25, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 2: William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

This arts education professional development series is designed for secondary teachers, arts coordinators, secondary administrators, and assistant superintendents. The workshops frame the importance of the arts to engage and maximize student learning.

Participants engage in activities to create multidisciplinary and project-based teaching in alignment with California State Standards including History/Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, and Visual and Performing Arts. Resources include video of modeled strategies, art works, lesson plans, and scholarly research.

LACAC Main | Free
Sat, July 28, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Willowbrook Library

Willowbrook Library celebrates abstract art in this unique collection with the Los Angeles County Art Commission’s Civic Art Program. Each piece selected for the library develops a language through design, pigment, and form to be translated and responded to by the viewer. Interpreted like the written texts in the library, these works offer themselves as artifacts without representational imagery that hold culturally specific and personal narratives, as well as common stories of human understanding. Join Dr. Jill Moniz and artists: Ana Rodriguez, Miguel Osuna, Duane Paul, Joe Sims, and Rosalyn Myles in celebration of the new Willowbrook Library.

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