This is the online stream for sharing conversations that happened throughout the Greater Bay Area from March through June 2012 around the question:

How can we collectively transform public education through the arts to create a better future for everyone?

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Hello from Aida Salazar

Name Aida Salazar
Date of conversation Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Conversation Participants Miki Hsu Leavey, Linda Chittle, Aida Salazar, Silvia Hathaway
Where are we now? Share key takeaways – School systems don’t buy in to the importance of the arts
– Parents don’t see value of the arts education
– Art is seen as a luxury because communities are struggling for daily survival
Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways -Equitable arts education in schools with professional teachers, teaching artists and guest artists.
– create a strong alliance of artists, educators, parents, community stakeholders
How Should we get there? Share key takeaways -better use of the media to advocate
-bring parents into the conversation with parent town halls, arts integration training fro parents
– advocate on all levels of government and education system
– reframe the way we talk about art – art as a learning tool
– build relationships with all stakeholders
Next Steps? consider if we are able and ready to take on the responsibility of holding those conversations