By Beverly Mislang, Larry Jones, and Jessica Mele

While arts advocates around the nation flocked to DC to celebrate National Arts Advocacy Day, Performing Arts Workshop took a more local approach: staff took a two-hour train ride to Sacramento to meet with legislators whose districts are home to the students we serve. We were delighted to meet with the offices of:

  • Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco)
  • Senator Loni Hancock (Berkeley, Oakland)
  • Assemblymember Marc Levine (Marin)
  • Assemblymember David Chiu (San Francisco)

Our top policy priorities and discussion topics included:

  • Increased funding for the California Arts Council from the general fund for FY1516 and beyond
  • Restoration of the dance and theater teaching credential
  • Affordable housing for artists, teaching artists, teachers, nonprofit employees, and especially our students and their families
  • Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Blueprint for Creative Schools

We’re so grateful to the staff members who were generous with their time and kindly received our comments and questions. And a very big thank you goes out to Senator Leno for personally sitting down with us to discuss arts education policy!

Check out the photos below of our advocacy trip!