As school budgets shrink and curriculum requirements tighten, are Sonoma County students still getting taught about the arts? Creative Sonoma is trying to assess the situation, with an eye toward boosting those efforts going forward.

Creative Sonoma Director Kristen Madsen says the plan to address shortcomings in local arts education will be as comprehensive as possible—and give priority to areas where the needs are greatest—but implementation will have to proceed in stages.

The online survey can be found here. It is open for  input until March 6.

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Arts News

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    Roseland Mural Welcomed into the Community

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    September 03, 2019

    Local Jewish Leader Questions Trump's 'Disloyalty' Claim

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    August 16, 2019

    Portraits of Unhoused Neighbors Emphasize Humanity

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    August 15, 2019

    Schulz Museum Celebrates Woodstock Festival on its 50th Anniversary

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    August 12, 2019

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    Aug 07, 2019

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    Santa Rosa Symphony Performs Free Concert

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    Jul 18, 2019

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Education News

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    August 19, 2019

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    April 19, 2019

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    December 12, 2018

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