Arts in Education

CreateSLO County Arts Education Alliance

Led by ARTS Obispo in alliance with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, CreateSLO County Arts Education Alliance is a network of our community that believes the arts are core to an education. Our purpose is to advocate for arts education for all students in every school community in San Luis Obispo County.  We envision a core curriculum that provides sequential, standards-aligned arts education for every student.

We believe: the arts–dance, drama, music, and visual–promote Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration, the pillars of the Common Core Standards, and essential 21st century skills. A great body of scientific evidence proves that the Arts awaken the full potential of students, impart team building skills, and help break down barriers. All San Luis Obispo County students deserve to have access to quality arts education to provide them with the ability they need to succeed in college or career and life.

We invite you and/or your organization or company to show your support for arts learning. To join our advocacy network, send an email to with the subject “Join createSLO Arts Ed Alliance” and visit our Facebook Page to stay up to date on activities.

Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

This program begins at the classroom level and helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Winners from the classroom advance to the school competition. Each school selects a champion, who then competes at the county level. The winner from the county then goes on to the state competition and, potentially, the national competition. The winner of the San Luis Obispo County Competition receives a $500 scholarship (the runner-up receives $200). Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

The curriculum for Poetry Out Loud is designed to fit a teacher’s busy schedule during the fall through early winter, according to each teacher’s and high school’s agenda. The program fulfills certain NCTE English Language Arts Standards and, depending on each individual teacher’s lesson plan, aligns with certain reading and language Common Core Standards.

Contact ARTS Obispo for more information, sample assignments and a schedule SLO County teachers have used for their classrooms.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud SLO County Facebook page to stay updated and share your experience with all things Poetry Out Loud!

California State Summer School for the Arts

The California State Summer School for the Arts is a rigorous, pre-professional, month-long training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented artists of high school age. CSSSA provides a supportive environment in which students hone acquired skills and explore new techniques and ideas for an intense and exciting learning experience. The school was created by the California Legislature, and held its first session in 1987. Its purpose is to provide a training ground for future artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries in California. The California State Summer School for the Arts is a state agency funded through a unique public-private partnership.

California residents enrolled in grades nine through twelve may apply to attend CSSSA. Students from outside of California may also apply; twenty are admitted each year. Participants are selected in the spring, on the basis of their talent and creativity as demonstrated through assignments and teacher recommendations.

Financial aid is available.

Applications will be available the first week of December. Completed applications are due by February 29, 2016. For more information visit: