For more information, contact:
Kristen Yasukawa, ACOE Communications, 510-670-7754
Alameda County Schools Celebrate Art IS Education! Every Child Is Creative
Month-long showcase demonstrates the power of youth learning in and through the arts
The Alameda County Office of Education’s Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership presents Art IS Education! Throughout March, Alameda County schools and communities will celebrate arts education with a host of cultural enrichment events and special engagements connected to this year’s theme, “Every Child is Creative: Together We Create Our World.” Art IS Education! month events showcase the education and empowerment of youth through art, and advocate for arts education as an essential component to a meaningful education system and a thriving community. A complete list of scheduled events is available on the Art IS Education! Creative Impact Calendar.

The 2013 theme, “Every Child is Creative: Together We Create Our World” inspires students and community members to make their voice heard through art and to create projects that envision their role in positive change individually and for the world. Art IS Education! encourages teachers, students and parents to share their projects and plan a showcase event. Event planning resources are available on the Art IS Education! website.

“We are facing a new era of education with a much greater emphasis on culturally relevant teaching and learning that supports student engagement, critical thinking, and applied learning,” said Alameda County Schools Superintendent Sheila Jordan. Art IS Education! highlights many excellent examples of this through the arts – providing opportunities for students to demonstrate learning across disciplines and contexts in creative, impactful ways.”

This year’s Art IS Education! celebratory events are made possible thanks to partnerships with the Alameda County Office of Education, Alameda County Arts Commission, Alameda County Library, and Alameda County Sustainability Program.  

For more information, visit the Art IS Education website or contact Arts Learning Coordinator Ray Cagan at 510-670-7730.

Art IS Education! 2013
Every Child is Creative: Together We Create Our World
Partial list of events
All events listed below are free and open to the public. For a complete listing visit
March 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Engage and Persist Kick-Off Event
Kala Art Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Art IS Education! kicks off the month with “Engage and Persist,” an exhibition featuring student projects from the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School.

March 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Art IS Education! Opening Reception & Exhibition in Hayward
Cinema Place Gallery, 1061 B Street, Hayward, CA

Student exhibitions continue through March 28.
Gallery hours: Thurs-Sat, 12:00-8:00 p.m.; Sun, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
March 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Opening reception for “Art IS Education featuring music by Mt. Eden Strings Group
March 10 and 17, 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Performances by Hayward High Jazz

March 9, 1:00-5:30 p.m. – JazzGirls Day: Celebrating Women in Jazz
Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way, Room A201, Berkeley, CA

Women jazz musicians and aspiring musicians are invited to the second annual JazzGirls Day for an afternoon of informative fun and resources regarding women in jazz.

March 14-March 30, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Newark Memorial High School Art Show & Opening Reception
Newark Public Library, 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue, Newark, CA

Art exhibit featuring photography, drawing, painting and graphic design.
Library hours: Tues. 1:00-9:00 p.m.; Wed., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Thurs. 1:00-9:00 p.m.; Fri. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Sun & Mon.
March 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Opening reception featuring a performance from the NMHS choir. Refreshments will be served.

March 20, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Recycled Book Art Workshop
Warm Springs Community Center, 47300 Fernald Street, Fremont, CA

Teaching Artist Marion Coleman will show families and community members how to take old books apart and reassemble them into new three-dimensional works of art. All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Alameda County Library.