Convening Overview

On June 13-14, 2016, the J. Paul Getty Museum welcomed arts integration stakeholders to join a free gathering in Los Angeles at the Getty Center. 116 leaders from academia, advocacy, the arts, cultural institutions, education, journalism, and philanthropy gathered for this thoughtful, active exploration of the state of arts integration across California.

During this two-day summit, attendees considered the place of arts integration in our State through the lens of three central questions:

  1. What is the current state of arts integration?
  2. How is this much-discussed term interpreted in practice and across different contexts, particularly in relation to museums?
  3. What is the future of arts integration?

Convening Blogs

Four Challenges to Arts Integration in California Classrooms | Talia Gibas
5 Inspiring Perspectives on Arts Integration | Sofia Klatzker
A Teacher's Experience with Arts Integration in the Classroom | Lorenza Yarnes, Ph.D.

Keynote Speakers

Danielle Brazell
Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Los Angeles's primary distributor of public funding in support of arts, culture, and arts education projects citywide. With a granting portfolio of over 350 organizations, twenty-two neighborhood arts and cultural centers, and a robust public art program, the department's mission is to advance the social and economic impact of the arts and ensure access to diverse and enriching cultural activities in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. Brazell presides over a staff of 38 full time and 80 part time employees and a budget of $9 million.

Previously, Brazell served as Executive Director of Arts for L.A., joining the organization as it transitioned from an ad hoc committee of regional arts leaders to a formalized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Over the next eight years, she steadily built Arts for LA's capacity from an informal network of arts leaders to a respected coalition of advocates working in partnership with elected officials throughout Los Angeles County. Arts for LA includes 160 member organizations and monitors cultural policies of both city and county government.

Danielle's twenty years of experience include work as the director of special projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and as the artistic director of Highways Performance Space. She has been honored with numerous grants and awards, including the 2000 Getty Fellowship, a 2009 CLEAR Communications Fellowship sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, and a 2010 SHero Award from California State Senator Curren D. Price. In 2013, Danielle attended the Executive Education program for State and Local Government Leaders at Harvard University. She has served on the board of Californians for the Arts, on the Arts for All Executive Committee, and represented Arts for LA on the Policy Committee of the California Alliance for Arts Education.

James S. Catterall, Ph.D.
Dr. Catterall is Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Faculty at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and an Affiliate Faculty member at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. His groundbreaking research and analyses focused on the measurement of children's cognitive and social development and motivation in the context of learning in the arts. In July 2011, he expanded his research focus and co-founded the Centers for Research on Creativity, based in Los Angeles and London, UK.

Dr. Catterall is the author of The Creativity Playbook: A Guide to our Creativity Debates (2015), a compendium of concise discussions of the myriad issues and questions surrounding creativity in today's world, and Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art, a 12-year longitudinal study of the effects of learning in the arts on the achievements and values of young adults (2009). In 2012, Dr. Catterall and colleagues Prof. Susan Dumais (LSU) and Prof. Gillian Hampden-Thompson (York University, U.K), published The Arts and Achievement in At-risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies, published by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Professor Catterall holds degrees in economics (with honors) from Princeton University and in public policy analysis from the University of Minnesota; he holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. He is an accomplished cellist and bassist and performs with the Topanga Symphony Orchestra.

Featured Case Studies

Building a Sustained Culture of Arts Integration Across Learning Institutions
Nadine Rambeau, CalArts Community Arts Partnership
Jennifer Rosales, CalArts Community Arts Partnership

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) presented findings from a mixed methods case study that explores its grassroots approach to building a culture around arts integration. This approach includes working with a feeder pattern of schools, structuring the program across core subjects, and encouraging teachers to become arts integration ambassadors.

Connecting through Digital Storytelling: Innovative Professional Development Practices for the 21st Century
Kristy Maruca Esparza, District of Columbia Public Schools (formerly Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution)
Jeff Schmidt, Santa Clara County Office of Education, STEAM Initiative
Esther Tokihiro, Santa Clara County Office of Education, STEAM Initiative

Seeking a new approach to professional development, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Education Department established a cross-national partnership that bridges the arts with STEM subjects to create authentic learning experiences modeled by industry partners.

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From Boot Camp to Best Practice–Bringing Arts Integration to San Diego
Merryl Goldberg, Ph.D., California State University, San Marcos
Caroline King, San Diego Unified School District
Joe Landon, California Alliance for Arts Education

"Learning Through the Arts" is a district-wide integration initiative in San Diego Unified School District. The district has set aside an initial 3 million dollars of Title I Funds to train teachers in boot camps as well as in-class coaching with teaching artists, to use the arts throughout the curriculum.

California Alliance for Arts Education
SDUSD Learning Through the Arts
Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural Settings

Personal Narrative and Symbolism: a Sculptural Approach to English Language Arts Standards
Bill Funkhouser, Eureka City Schools, North Coast Arts Integration Project
Heather Gaiera, Eureka City Schools, North Coast Arts Integration Project

Language arts students take their personal narrative writing to new heights by learning to make masks. These paper masks use symbolism to convert the public aspects of the student's transformative event onto the exterior of the mask while the private aspects are depicted in the interior of the mask.

Full presentation webpage
Resources for the mask unit
12-point Arts Integration Checklist
Personal Narrative Masks video

Scaling Arts Integration: A Museum/School System Partnership Blending Technology and Professional Development
Veronica Alvarez, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Lisa Marin, Ph.D., Los Angeles County Office of Education, Technology Enhanced Arts Learning

Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) provides in-person and online professional development in best practices for arts integration in the K-6 classroom. Technology supports the in-person professional development with quality online modules, webinars, and online professional learning communities, extending the program's reach to entire schools and districts while facilitating teachers' training and childrens' arts experiences throughout LA County.

When you visit the TEAL website, please scroll down below the large image to access the Webinars, Edmodo (the TEAL PLC), the online modules are located. Be sure to check out the resources in the navigation bar as well as the Arts & Science videos.

art@thecore: Teachers, Teaching Artists, and Museum Educators Collaborating to Harness the Power of Arts Integration
Sandy Rodriguez, J. Paul Getty Museum
Brooke Sauer, Teaching Artist
Lorenza Yarnes, Ph.D., Leo Politi Elementary School

art@thecore is an arts integration initiative between the J. Paul Getty Museum and a Los Angeles public school, funded in part by the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education. Designed as a three-year partnership, Getty staff and professional teaching artists collaborated closely with the school's fifth grade teachers to develop and sustain the program while also evaluating the collaboration's impact on teacher practice.

art@thecore: program description
The Power of Arts Integration: Series Overview video
A Collaboration Between Artists & Educators video
Building Language Skills by Talking About Art video
Connecting Sculpture & Writing video
Museum Exhibition as a Culminating Event video
6 Steps Toward Arts Integration Edutopia blog

Spark Talks: Arts Integration in Perspective

Dennis Doyle, Ph.D. | Executive Director, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists (CoTA)
Resource: "My mom says I'm really creative!": Dis/Ability, Positioning, and Resistance in Multimodal Instructional Contexts
Denise Grande | Director of Arts Education, Arts for All, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Jeannene M. Przyblyski, Ph.D. | Provost, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Diana Rivera | Researcher and Teaching Artist, Saybrook University
Shannon Wilkins | Specialist for Educational Leadership Programs and Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Office of Education

Discussion Facilitators

Glenna Avila | Director, CalArts Community Arts Partnership
Jeanne Hoel | Senior Education Manager for School and Teacher Programs, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Sarah Jesse | Associate Vice President of Education, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Emily Mahon | Senior Director of Education, Bowers Museum
Rachel Stark | Assistant Director of Education, Skirball Cultural Center
Andrew Westover | Associate Education Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum
Karen Wise, Ph.D. | Vice President, Education and Exhibits, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Contact Information

If you are an arts integration stakeholder who would like to learn more about this gathering or an attendee seeking additional details, please contact Andrew Westover, Associate Education Specialist, at for further information. Thank you for your interest in Arts Integration+California: A Convening.