By Beverly Mislang, Larry Jones, and Jessica Mele
While arts advocates around the nation flocked to DC to celebrate National Arts Advocacy Day, Performing Arts Workshop took a more local approach: staff took a two-hour train ride to Sacramento to meet with legislators whose districts are home to the students we serve. We were delighted to meet with the offices of:
- Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco)
- Senator Loni Hancock (Berkeley, Oakland)
- Assemblymember Marc Levine (Marin)
- Assemblymember David Chiu (San Francisco)
Our top policy priorities and discussion topics included:
- Increased funding for the California Arts Council from the general fund for FY1516 and beyond
- Restoration of the dance and theater teaching credential
- Affordable housing for artists, teaching artists, teachers, nonprofit employees, and especially our students and their families
- Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Blueprint for Creative Schools
We’re so grateful to the staff members who were generous with their time and kindly received our comments and questions. And a very big thank you goes out to Senator Leno for personally sitting down with us to discuss arts education policy!
Check out the photos below of our advocacy trip!