|LAUSD FREEZES ALL ACTIVITY FOR THE ACPN PARTNERS - PLEASE WRITE LETTERS TO SAVE THE ARTS IN OUR SCHOOLS.
Early December we began to get warnings from the Arts Education Office of the Los Angeles Unified School District that we should finish off our current work and hold on off on starting our additional schools. The process begins in May where the schools selected arts companies that are part of the Arts Community Partnership; then we are sent a list in July, and we contact them to schedule, also getting signed reservation slips, where all signatures are binding. We did this as we have been with this exemplary program, one of the best in the country, since it began, and we have worked with the LAUSD since 1980. We scheduled through June with those schools, working it into our schedule of larger performances and new work creation schedule. And we began with the first school in September.
Now we are been informed that the whole program is in jeopardy and to stop until it is resolved. And - that we might not be paid for the work we have already done. The Arts For LA web-site says it way better than this, and has a sample letter and where it should go if you click on it. This impacts so many of our schools activities, and of course the students at these schools. All the schools, by the way, wrote grants to be able to use funds received for sequential arts services. All of us in the ACPN wrote applications that showed our ability to provide this at the highest level. For years we have experienced the results, both for the students and the teachers who we help empower in the staff development sessions. It impinges on all of us. Click on the sample letter link to go there directly. These is also a petition to sign.
We will be sending out a more traditional message of the holidays, as there is much to be grateful for this year, but lets take care of this first.
Thanks for the help.