Chula Vista Elementary School District (Chula Vista, California is located just south of Dan Diego) launched an arts education expansion and teacher hiring spree this summer unlike any that local arts educators have ever seen. The district serving 30,000 students hired about 60 new art teachers in the span of a few months, and 16 arts instructor spots still remain open… The district’s unprecedented investment in arts instruction was made possible by $15 million in funding approved by the Chula Vista school board in June. The allocation flowed from Gov. Jerry Brown’s state local control funding formula that shifted education spending decisions to the local level and targets disadvantaged students.
A post from Vu Le, director of Rainier Valley Corps, on his blog Nonprofit with Balls:
Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a national dialogue for arts funders on June 2, 2015 on increasing funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) organizations. It was held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. You can now view the presentations from the forum web page, including those by Carlton Turner and Kenny Leon, and also including a pair of panel discussions from the nonprofit field and from the philanthropic field.
From Megan Burbank, writing for the Portland Mercury:
Last summer, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Santa Fe Institute convened a 15-member working group to: "a) evaluate the legacy of creativity research, and b) explore new knowledge at the intersections of cognitive psychology, neurobiology, learning, complex systems, and the arts." The NEA recently published "How Creativity Works in the Brain," which shares the working group's insights.