California State PTA Launches Arts in Education Campaign

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from California State PTA

            Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley Sponsors AB 869
 
     WHO:     M.C.        California State PTA President Lavonne McBroom
              Speakers:   Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley (SF and San
                           Mateo)
                          State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine
                           Eastin
                          California Arts Council Director Barry Hessenius
                          PTA Special Projects Coordinator Carol Kocivar
 
     WHAT:    California State PTA announces the launch of "SMARTS:  Bring Back
              the Arts!" a major state public education initiative and their
              support of AB 869 (Shelley).
 
     WHEN:    Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
 
     WHERE:   The Governor's Press Room 1190, State Capitol, Sacramento
 
     In a jointly-sponsored news conference, the California State PTA,
 California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, California
 Arts Council and Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley will announce their
 plans to return the arts to the classroom.  Drawing upon recent research
 reports, such as "Champions of Change the Impact of the Arts on Learning" and
 "Eloquent Evidence:  Arts at the Core of Learning," the speakers will document
 the relationship of arts education to academic success and announce new
 legislation, initiatives and campaigns to restore arts to the curriculum.
     A short medley of performances by students from Natomas Charter School in
 Sacramento kicks off the press conference at 11:00 a.m.  The 10-minute
 performance features 20 students, between the ages of 12 and 18, showcases the
 school's premiere band, choir, dance, and theater groups, including a scene
 from the musical "Guys and Dolls."
     "The importance of arts education to academic and social success is
 reported in study after scientific study," states Lavonne McBroom, President
 of the California State PTA.  "It's time to face the music.  We stand together
 today with teachers, parents, students and arts advocates to launch a new
 campaign to bring the arts back to school."
 
     For more information:
     California PTA SMARTS Campaign: http://www.capta.org
     The Benefits of Arts Education:
     http://www.aep-arts.org/tfadvoc/advocacy/AAD99benefits.html
     For the text of AB 869 (Shelley)
     http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0851-
 0900/ab_869_bill_20010222_introduced.html
 
     Spanish language reporters: Carla Nino, California State PTA Treasurer, is
 prepared to give interviews in Spanish.
 
     For further information please contact Holly T. Potter, 415-860-6461, or
 Marianne Hudz, 213-620-1100, ext. 314, both of PTA.
 
 

SOURCE California State PTA
            Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley Sponsors AB 869
 
     WHO:     M.C.        California State PTA President Lavonne McBroom
              Speakers:   Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley (SF and San
                           Mateo)
                          State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine
                           Eastin
                          California Arts Council Director Barry Hessenius
                          PTA Special Projects Coordinator Carol Kocivar
 
     WHAT:    California State PTA announces the launch of "SMARTS:  Bring Back
              the Arts!" a major state public education initiative and their
              support of AB 869 (Shelley).
 
     WHEN:    Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
 
     WHERE:   The Governor's Press Room 1190, State Capitol, Sacramento
 
     In a jointly-sponsored news conference, the California State PTA,
 California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, California
 Arts Council and Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley will announce their
 plans to return the arts to the classroom.  Drawing upon recent research
 reports, such as "Champions of Change the Impact of the Arts on Learning" and
 "Eloquent Evidence:  Arts at the Core of Learning," the speakers will document
 the relationship of arts education to academic success and announce new
 legislation, initiatives and campaigns to restore arts to the curriculum.
     A short medley of performances by students from Natomas Charter School in
 Sacramento kicks off the press conference at 11:00 a.m.  The 10-minute
 performance features 20 students, between the ages of 12 and 18, showcases the
 school's premiere band, choir, dance, and theater groups, including a scene
 from the musical "Guys and Dolls."
     "The importance of arts education to academic and social success is
 reported in study after scientific study," states Lavonne McBroom, President
 of the California State PTA.  "It's time to face the music.  We stand together
 today with teachers, parents, students and arts advocates to launch a new
 campaign to bring the arts back to school."
 
     For more information:
     California PTA SMARTS Campaign: http://www.capta.org
     The Benefits of Arts Education:
     http://www.aep-arts.org/tfadvoc/advocacy/AAD99benefits.html
     For the text of AB 869 (Shelley)
     http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0851-
 0900/ab_869_bill_20010222_introduced.html
 
     Spanish language reporters: Carla Nino, California State PTA Treasurer, is
 prepared to give interviews in Spanish.
 
     For further information please contact Holly T. Potter, 415-860-6461, or
 Marianne Hudz, 213-620-1100, ext. 314, both of PTA.
 
 SOURCE  California State PTA