Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers held an interactive webinar exploring the powerful role of new statewide data in increasing equity and access to arts education across the state. The California Arts Education Data Project, which reports and analyzes school-level data on arts education courses in grades 6–12, is a joint effort of Create CA (California’s statewide arts education coalition), the California Department of Education, and the Arts Education Data Project.
During this webinar, private and public funders explored the Data Project’s first-of-its-kind suite of tools, which identify what’s working and where gaps exist, and their potential impacts on arts education funding strategies, including:
- Jason Spencer, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent, navigated through the interactive, online mapping dashboard created to analyze school-level data on arts education courses and middle and high school enrollment across the state.
- Pat Wayne, Program Director, Create CA, shared the tools and resources that support school districts in exploring and improving their data.
- Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education for LA County, previewed survey results from the LA County Arts Commission’s countywide data initiative, the Arts Education Profile, which enhances existing state level data and will serve as the new baseline for measuring arts education in LA County over time.
- Jessica Mele, Program Officer in Performing Arts,William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, analyzes trends in the data that can inform arts education funding strategies.