History of BeverlyARTS!
Beverly Hills Unified School District is proud to be an Arts for All partner.
Arts for All is L.A. County’s arts education collaborative seeking systemic educational reform. Now in its 10th year, Arts for All is working to bring creativity to every L.A. County classroom by restoring the arts to the curriculum and empowering school districts to prepare all students for the workforce of tomorrow. Currently, there are 49 school districts reaching 560,465 students, which have joined Arts for All with a commitment to arts education reform.
In 2004 BHUSD developed an Arts Advisory under the guidance of the Los Angeles Arts Commission along with other partners. The Arts Advisory created the blueprint that would become the Arts Education Plan in 2005. Also in 2005, The BHUSD Board of Education ratified Board Policy recognizing that Arts Education is part of the core curriculum for all K12 students.
Some highlights of the first 5 years were: •Establishing the first ever Arts Education Policy and a multi-year arts education plan (AEP). •district honor choir. •strings program for grades 5 -8. • Debbie Allen Dance program K12. •Beverly Hills City Multi-cultural committee.
In 2010 - present some highlights include:
• the “conversations on creativity” lecture series.
• partnered with the Canon Drive “public arts day”.
• Facilitation of district arts educators professional development.
• “Brand” BHUSD programs by creating the moniker “BeverlyARTS!” and created the logo, brochures and other materials.
• In 2011, The advisory (stakeholders), lead by the Arts Coordinator and with guidance from an Arts for All coach developed the 2011 - 2014 BeverlyARTS! Arts Education Plan. This is the most evolved and actionable plan to date.
• In June of 2011 the BOE unanimously approved our third Arts Education Plan for 2011-2014.
• In 2011-12 The BeverlyARTS! teams, district wide were approved to use the district Professional Development days to pursue the goals set for the in the 2011-2014 AEP.
• 2011-2012 - piloted a 6-8 dance program at the K8’s.
• March 2012 - received a VAPA Lead grant to attend the NAEA national conference.
• In June 2012, Ed Services and the VAPA Coordinator pursued and received a $30,000 grant to develop a Professional Development Plan to align with District Goals and the AEP. The Grant is facilitated by The California Arts Project (TCAP) and the LA County Arts Commission and funded by Boeing.
• In August 2012 PD Grant team representatives attended the 3-day retreat to begin the PD Plan process.
• Fall of 2012, as part of the PD Grant, BHUSD will participate in a Student Arts Survey gap analysis.
• 2012-2013 second semester Partnership with arts provider, Armory for the Arts - piloting a 3rd grade Math and Arts integration program.