Peninsula Arts Council


the Arts

in San Mateo County




Arts Education Resources

Peninsula Arts Council has three main areas of focus: Arts in Education, Public Art, and Developing San Mateo County into a Destination for the Arts Parks and Culture.

Parents, Teachers, Artists -- explore the links on this site and become an active advocate to preserve funding for quality arts in education in our communities and schools.


Fact: Americans Value Arts Education

  • 93% of Americans consider the arts to be vital to providing a well-rounded education for children and a critical link to learning and success (2005 Harris Poll)
  • Arts education is mandated in the State Education Code. It is NOT “optional”.
  • 85 percent of surveyed business executives indicated that they are currently having difficulty recruiting individuals who possess creative ability, with demand for creative people expected to grow as firms pursue innovation.

(Ready to Innovate, from The Conference Board, Americans for the arts, and the American Association of School Administrators)
Arts Education and At-Risk Populations:

  • Arts education has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in after school and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention.
  • Arts education in schools increases test scores across every subject, lowers drop out rates and helps close the achievement gap regardless of socio-economic status.
  • Extensive research shows arts education engages students.

(Youth ARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice; Arts Education Partnership, CAAE)

Arts Education Helps Prepare Students for the 21st Century Workforce:

  • Extensive research shows arts education engages students.
  • Builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community
  • Strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
  • Helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Creativity/innovation rates are among the top five skills sought by US employers.

(Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma, Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative- Fact sheet developed by A. Flanagan, LAUSD Arts Education Branch 2009, California County Superintendents Arts Initiative, California State PTA and Peninsula Arts Council.)
Be A Leader for Arts Education:  PTA/CCSESA Handbook

Keep Arts in Schools: How to Give a School Board Presentation

An Unfinished Canvas-Fact Sheet-
A Summary of Research Conducted by SRI International sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning.
Includes best practices, innovative ideas, templates and strategies.

SMARTS is California State PTA’s program to encourage arts education.

Follow these national visibility campaigns to gain more awareness of the importance of quality arts education in schools at Americans for the Arts


Arts Education Organizations

Arts Action Fund

Arts Education Partnership

California Alliance for Arts Education

California State PTA

Keep Arts in the Schools

National Education Association

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

San Mateo County Office of Education

Teaching Artists Organized

Young Audiences of Northern California

San Mateo County Colleges and Universities
  San Mateo Community College District
Cañada College
College of San Mateo
Skyline Community College
Notre Dame de Namur University

  Local Youth Arts Organizations
  Art Attack

Digital Monkey School

Art Academia

Art in Action

Ayako School of Ballet

Bay Area Kid Fun

Bay Area Little Symphony

California Youth Symphony

Cartoon Art Museum - San Francisco

Children's Discovery Museum
- San Jose

Community School of Music & Arts - Mountain View

Coyote Point Museum

Dance Arts Center

Golden Gate Philharmonic

Hiller Aviation Museum

Music for Minors

Music at Kohl Mansion - Kohl for Kids

Myriad Music School

Peninsula Girls Chorus

Peninsula Youth Orchestra

Ragazzi - the Peninsula Boys Chorus

Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica (summer art camps)

San Mateo County 4-H Clubs

  Arts Education Resources
  Alliance for Young Artists & Writer

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

American Arts Alliance

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

American Association of Museums

American Composers Forum

American Federation of Teachers

American Library Association

American Music Conference
Americans for the Arts

American String Teachers Association

American Symphony Orchestra League



Association for Advancement of Arts Education

Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

California Art Education Association

California Association for Music Education

California Dance Educators Association

California Educational Theatre Association

Center for Arts Education

College Art Association

Council for Basic Education

Cultural Education Collaborative

Educational Theatre Association

Education Development Center

Education Trust

Harvard Project Zero

Institute of Museum and Library Services

International Child Art Foundation

J. Paul Getty Trust

John F. Kennedy Center - Education and Outreach

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network

Learning First Alliance

Meet the Composer

MENC-The National Association for Music Education

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

National Assessment Governing Board

National Assessment of Education Progress

National Dance Education Organization

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

National Gallery of Art

National Network for Folk Arts in Education

New York Foundation for the Arts

OVATION - The Arts Network

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Public Broadcasting Service


Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center


US Department of Education

Young Audiences