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 Jake Arky

Name Jake Arky
Date of conversation Thursday, March 8, 2012
Conversation Participants Belinda Taylor – Teaching Artists Organized
Sandy Soacot – Rex Foundation
Constance Moore – Civicorps
Meeting Topics? Where do we want to have arts education go in the next decade? How can we all work together to do that?
Where are we now? Share key takeaways Struggling to keep arts education alive and a vital part of our students’ lives. There is a lack of personal investments in the arts through the various education institutes we all work with, in, and for. There is a public education clause in the state constitution, but no one knows about this or utilizes it. Students vs. education = students vs. arts.
Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways Emphasize THE RIGHT to education. Change the conversation about what is public education — revitalize the meaning of "public education." Not just the head, but the heart. More meaningful jobs within the creative community.
How Should we get there? Share key takeaways As an outlet for students to pursue something beyond material means. Better teaching of teachers about how art can better enhance the content students can learn…We need to change the attitude of education and the arts, with the message coming not just from teachers, but from society itself. Looking at education and arts & culture as universal rights for everyone.
Next Steps? Take conversation out to others in our organizations, communities, and lives and encourage them to spread the word.

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