Arts Advocacy


Studies show arts education not only decreases feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation but also positively impacts all-around academic performance. As students struggle through incredible loss this year, the arts are not a luxury, they are a tool for recovery.

Cool Events Happening Now

Orange County’s favorite family arts festival!


36th Annual Imagination Celebration
April 17 through May 30, 2021
(*dates subject to change)


Due to the ongoing public health crisis presented by the COVID-19 virus, dates, times, venues, and other key details of Imagination Celebration events are subject to change based on the latest health and safety guidance from the State and County. Arts Orange County will work to update the current status of every event, but also advises checking in with the organization and/or venue before committing to any attendance, and further advises following all current recommendations from the State of California for hygiene, social distancing, and isolation.

Imagination Celebration consists of dozens of family-friendly arts events & visual art exhibits at locations across Orange County. Most events are free!

See the full list of events here:

California's Education code promises visual art, music, dance, theater and media arts classes to each K-12 student. "Section 51220" California Education Code 2020


Students with an arts education are 5 times more likely to stay in school, 3 times more likely to get a bachelor’s degree, and 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. "Arts and Achievement in at Risk Youth..." NEA 2012


Especially important during this time of trauma and upheaval, students need to develop self-management and self-discipline, interpersonal and relationship skills, and self-expression. Numerous studies show the arts support the development of all of these essential skills. "The Connection Between Art, Healing..." APHA 2010

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Send a letter

to our district and/or board of education in support of art education either from your family or in collaboration with your PTA or organization. Here is a template to draw from but remember to always add your own story to make it more personal and persuasive.

Share your SVUSD art story

and inspire others! We’d love to connect and hear your story. Fill out the submission form.

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and support California’s movement for arts education at

Check out

your local community theatres, county arts commissions, and museums for more events near you...






Arts Advocacy Chairman

Sharon Hochheimer