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I appreciate the recent suggestions on how the Getty Education Institute can play the most effective role in California.
In response to some of the messages, I had discussions with staff in the State Department of Education to consider how we can best team with them to see that the recent Task Force report on the visual and performing arts reaches as wide and a strategic audience as possible. If we are able to develop a specific plan to share this information, I will let you know via a message here on artsednet talk.
We agree principals are a key audience. To that end, we have organized a panel discussion/ workshop at the American Association of School Administrators meeting coming up the end of February in San Diego.
The Getty is also hosting a reception for all the school board members and superintendents in Los Angeles County on February 10th.
Finally, it is important to place the financial resources of the Getty in a larger context. For example, the annual operating budget of the LA School District ($5.3 billion) is larger than the total endowment of the Getty Trust ($4.4 billion). Therefore, Getty works to use our resources to leverage change in school systems rather than to fund items that should be funded with public dollars.
-- Mark Slavkin
Los Angeles Program Officer
Getty Education Institute for the Arts