Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts
Official Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
of Sarasota County Schools Since 1996
The COMMUNITY / SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ARTS (C/SPA) was created in 1996 as an independent advisory council to the superintendent of Sarasota County schools. This unique partnership between the Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Sarasota Public School District is comprised of school and district administrators, teachers, parents, students, education directors from many of the local arts velues, and other community arts education advocates. In 2002, C/SPA was recognized at a national symposium of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) in Washington, DC, for its outstanding collaborative relationship between the arts community and the school district. This volunteer organization continues to serve all of Sarasota County's K-12 public school students.
C/SPA's long-term goals are to advance the knowledge of arts education and its strategies, to encourage continuous learning and to promote dialogue about arts education in our schools and in our community.
The COMMUNITY / SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ARTS represents exemplary cooperation between leaders in the school district and leaders in the fine arts community to support and improve arts education in Sarasota County.
- C/SPA envisions every student participating in a quality arts program, taught through a balanced curriculum, based on national standards with school and community collaboration.
- C/SPA provides leadership in the continual development, implementation, and celebration of education in, about, and through the arts for all students in Sarasota County.
1. Develop and implement curricula in five art forms: dance, media, music, theatre, and visual arts.
2. Infuse the arts into all facets of school life and into all subjects.
3. Develop and implement innovative programs including visual and performing arts magnet programs, to enhance standards-based courses, expanding the range of experiences available to students and teachers.
4. Systematically assess student learning in the arts and regularly evaluate arts education programs.
5. Recruit, hire, and retain highly qualified, certified arts teachers in all arts forms.
6. Provide regular professional development so that teachers can help their students meet National and Sunshine State Standards in the arts.
7. Address needs and resources for arts education in district planning, budgeting, and communication processes.
8. Provide equitable and adequate human, financial and instructional resources, facilities, equipment and supplies for education in all five art forms.
9. Communicate within the school district, the community, the state and the nation regarding arts education in Sarasota County and its effects.
C/SPA’s Top Ten Priorities
v ACCESS - helping to ensure that every child has access to sequential dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual art instruction at his/her level of achievement
v EQUITY - helping to ensure that students at all schools, regardless of their learning challenges, enjoy the same opportunities in arts education
v RESOURCES - helping to locate and encourage new sources of funding and monitor distribution of school and community arts education resources
v QUALITY - helping to ensure that all arts education courses are taught by qualified, certified arts educators
v CONTENT - helping to create and maintain excellence in arts education curricula and assessments as well as helping to align community arts programs with school district curricula
v INNOVATION - helping to ensure that teachers are aware of and utilizing the latest techniques and encouraging their students’ originality
v LITERACY - helping to ensure that every child is literate in the arts as well as all of the other subjects taught in schools, especially reading
v RECOGNITION - helping to ensure that the district is recognized for its outstanding collaborations and that students, teachers, and community arts supporters have opportunities for celebrating their achievements
v COMMUNICATION - helping to teach the community at large the importance of supporting a world class, balanced education for its students
v CONTINUOUS PROGRESS - helping to monitor arts education programs to ensure that there is positive movement in all of these areas every year
COMMUNITY / SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ARTS
2012-2013 Steering Committee Membership
SARASOTA COUNTY COMMUNITY MEMBERS
CHAIR - Nancy Roucher, Arts Education Task Force Chair
Cindy Balistreri, Arts & Cultural Alliance Business Manager
Melissa Barnes, Parent Riverview and Phillippi Shores
Karen Bell, Circus Sarasota Education Director
Susan Burke, FAAE Executive Director
Dr. Wendy Dickinson, Ringling School of Art and Design
Beth Duda, Florida Studio Theatre Education Director
Brian Hersh, Any Given Child Sarasota Director
Barbara Johnson, Creative Drama for Creative Learning & Players Theatre Board Member
Judy Levine, Teaching Artists Coordinator for Arts & Cultural Alliance
Elizabeth Power, Perlman Suncoast Program Executive Director
Bruce Rodgers, Hermitage Executive Director
Alyson Rozier, Sarasota Orchestra Music Education Coordinator
Robert Warren, Kennedy Center's Any Given Child
Maureen Zaremba, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Education Director
SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS MEMBERS
CHAIR - Angela Hartvigsen, Fine Arts Program Specialist
COORDINATOR - Karen Johns, Lakeview Music Educator
Steve Cantees, Executive Director of High Schools
Page Dettmann, Executive Director of Middle Schools
Gretchen Eidelbus, Taylor Ranch Elementary Educator
Phyllis Frederic, Oak Park Assistant Principal
Jackie Henson-Dacey, Riverview High School Art Educator
Dr. Wendy Katz, Retired Educator
Leanne Mcintire, The Education Channel Manager/Director
Carrie Mills, Booker Middle School Theatre Educator
Christ Renouf, Ashton Elementary School Principal
Justin Whitmer, Riverview High School Student
John Zoretich, Executive Director of Elementary Schools
C/SPA's 2012-2013 COMMITTEE WORK
The Community/School Partnership for the Arts is always looking for volunteers who wish to help complete its yearly advocacy projects. Committee members do not have to be on the Steering Committee.
2012-2013 C/SPA MEETINGS
All meetings are open to the public. The Fall and Spring meetings are general meetings/receptions.
The rest are Steering Committee (working) meetings.
2012-2013 C/SPA MEETING DATES
All meetings are open to the public. The Fall and Spring meetings (in bold) are general meetings/receptions; the rest are Steering Committee (working) meetings.
v M, Aug. 13thSteering Committee Mtg 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Landings Blue Rm 221
v Th, Sept. 27thFALL MEETING 4:45-6:45 p.m. location TBA
FOCUS: Liaisons/Parent Contacts/Student Ambassadors Kick-Off
v W, Oct. 24thSteering Committee Mtg 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Landings Blue Rm 221 FOCUS: chatting with Superintendent Lori White 5-6 p.m.
v December Webinar
v Tu, Jan. 29thSteering Committee Mtg 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Landings Blue Rm 221 FOCUS: chatting with executive directors of elementary/middle schools
v W, Feb. 20thSteering Committee Mtg 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Landings Blue Rm 221 FOCUS: chatting with Steve Cantees, Ex. Director of High Schools
v Th, Mr. 21stSteering Committee Mtg 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Blue Rm 221 FOCUS: planning for spring meeting & wrapping up 2012-13 committee business
v Th, Apr. 25thSPRING MEETING 4:45-6:45 location TBA FOCUS: Celebration of Accomplishments/Honor Liaisons, Parent Supporters, and Student Ambassadors
v F, June 7thSteering Committee Mtg 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Landings Blue Rm 221 FOCUS: reviewing spring mtg & LRP accomplishments; setting goals for next year