Create CA Sponsored Events:

Create CA and Orange County Dept. of Education


Creative Schools for All: Collaboration Creates Change

3rd Annual Statewide Arts Education Convening

March 14 – 15, 2017

Costa Mesa, Ca.

Newly Released! Schedule

With four years of evolving changes in public education, California arts education leaders will come together to:

  • Identify and investigate the new challenges facing arts education

  • Learn about effective resources and strategies to address student and educator needs, and

  • Provide input and guidance about next steps needed in order to increase quality arts education for all students in California.

This two-day convening will feature

  • The 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture at the Segerstrom Concert Hall with Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
  •  A Conversation with Michael McAfee, President, Policy Link: At the intersection of Arts and Equity
  •  Your choice of four think tank sessions on Professional Learning, Leadership Development, Equity and Advocacy 

Consider bringing a team from your region with representatives from multiple areas listed below in order to return to your region with a plan of collaborative action.

  • All Administrators responsible for arts education
  • All Visual and Performing Arts Directors and Coordinators
  • Credentialed VAPA teacher in leadership roles
  • Directors at non-profit arts organizations who make the program decisions for arts education
  • Parent leaders advocating for equitable arts education
  • Higher Education leaders making program decisions for preparation of teachers
  • Leaders from industry investing in the arts (Funders)
  • Students in VAPA Teacher preparation programs interested in arts education leadership
  • Board members and Superintendents who are active supporters of arts education for all students

Register Now!

Limited number of Half-Price Scholarships Available. Apply before registering here.

Partner Events:

 March 20 & 21:
Innovations in Creative Industry: Arts, Media and Entertainment Leadership Conference, San Diego

Statewide Events Calendar

To add a listing, event must meet these qualifications: *state or county-wide; *Professional Learning focused *Registration is open to participants from the arts education sector. Please do not submit event information that is designed to promote a particular program. Send all inquiries or submit event description, location and link to 

A Link is provided if registration is open

December 2016

Dec. 1-3           California School Boards Association, Annual Education Conference, San Francisco

Dec. 11           Celebrate Passage of Theatre and Dance Act, Beverly Hills

January 2017

Jan 6-7          Arts Now Humboldt County (Region 1) STEAM Conference, Arcata

Jan 17             CCSESA, VAPA Regional and County Arts Leads Meeting, Sacramento (invitation only)

Jan 18            Insiders Guide to Arts Education Planning, Yolo County Office of Ed, Sacramento (VAPA Coordinators and District Administrators)

Jan 19-22       NAMM Music Education Days, Anaheim, CA. 

February 2017

Feb 16-19      California Music Educators Association, All State Music Education Conference, San Jose

Feb 21             California State PTA Inland Empire Arts Education Convening for community and parents, Menifee

Feb 22-24      CISC Leadership Symposium, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, Anaheim

March 2017

Mar 2               Region VII 2017 Arts Summit, ChARTing a Course for Success, Fresno

Mar 8-10          California African American Association of Superintendents and Administrators, CAAASA 2017, San Diego

Mar 10              California State PTA Bay Area Arts Education Convening for community and parents, San Jose

Mar 13            CCSESA, VAPA Regional and County Arts Leads Meeting, Costa Mesa (invitation only)

Mar 14 & 15   Creative Schools for All, Create CA Statewide Convening, Costa Mesa, CA-

Mar 20 & 21   Arts Media and Entertainment Conference: “Innovations in Creative Industry”, San Diego, CA

Mar 27-30      California Association of Bilingual Educators, Annual Conference

May 2017

May 11-12           CCSESA, VAPA Regional and County Arts Leads Meeting, Sacramento (invitation only)

May 12                CCSESA Statewide Arts Learning Colloquim, San Francisco

July 2017

July 26-28          California County Superintendents Arts Initiative, Creativity at the Core Summer Institute, San Jose, CA.