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VAPA Funding Resources for Schools and Districts

(LCFF, LCAP and Title I)

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YES! TITLE I funds can support the arts!!

New federal guidance on Title I and the Arts was just released.
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For more information about these resources, call the TCOE VAPA Office at (559) 741-0809.

Featured Agencies

The California Alliance for Arts Education promotes, supports, and advocates for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools. 

Fast Facts for Administrators and Stakeholders
As the top building-level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education.

This brochure-length guide, prepared by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) with support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) offers three concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. (Download the PDF)  

VAPA Grants and Funding
Opportunities for Arts Education

New CAAE Policy Paper on the Arts and Equity

October 2015 - The California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE)  has released a new policy paper titled “At the Crossroads of the  Arts and Equity.” The paper underscores the Alliance’s  commitment to its goal of every California student receiving  access to high-quality arts education. The paper highlights ways  that arts education strategies can support Title I and Local Control  Funding Formula (LCFF) goals.

 Excerpt from “At the Crossroads of the Arts and Equity” :

 “All children deserve an education that inspires them to discover,  to engage deeply, to think creatively, to hone their passion and  skill, and to apply that skill in the real world.”

 Read the entire paper here.

The Arts Education Field Guide - The Ecosystem of Partners, Players, and Policymakers
in the Field of Arts Education
 - (Americans for the Arts, 2012)

This 48-page reference guide, created by Americans for the Arts offers detailed information about the wide variety of arts education stakeholders. From students to parents, teachers to administrators, elected officials to community members, everyone has a role. 

The full-length 
Field Guide offers examples of each person's connections in arts education, allowing for more effective relationships across sectors. Learn more here.

​LCFF, LCAPs, and the Arts

California Alliance for Arts Education LCFF Toolkit 

(Click above to see how the Arts can meet all eight state priorities)

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) offers a historic opportunity for school districts to set new, locally-driven priorities aimed at improving outcomes for students who are often under-served in public schools. Arts education aligns with LCFF goals and contributes to a set of unique skills and outcomes that are shown to help students succeed in school and in life.

The California Alliance for Arts Education has created a set of materials and trainings to empower advocates to contribute to these important conversations, educating officials about the benefits of arts education.

Overview of the Arts Education LCAP Template

Arts for LA, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and Los Angeles County Arts for All have created resources to assist LEAs in including arts-related strategies in their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs). 

SMARTS - Be a Hero for Arts Education

California State PTA (CAPTA) works toward a long-term effort of increasing public support for a high-quality education that includes the arts.

Through their 
"Be A Hero for Arts Education" program, co-branded with statewide partner, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), CAPTA promotes information about opportunities for increased arts education through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP), California State Standards, and Title I funding.

California Arts Education Alliance Student Voices Campaign

How would you make your school a better place? What ignites your creativity, imagination, and passion? 

In California, the Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, guarantees students a voice in planning and budgeting for their school district. 

The Student Voices Campaign is a creative way for young people to make their voices heard in their school district. Learn more at: 

Title I and the Arts​

California Alliance for Arts Education's 
provides resources for school leaders who wish to embrace arts programming among their strategies for achieving Title I goals. It is intended, in particular, for schools with school-wide Title I programs, and includes tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating arts-based strategies in alignment with state and federal Title I regulations.

Film: The Arts and Title I – A Journey From Policy to Practice

Title 1 Arts: Policy To Practice

In 2011, the California Alliance for Arts Education began a policy initiative to help schools and districts understand how arts-based strategies can support Title I goals.  In this film, leaders from the Alliance and two California districts share what is happening as these policies begin to be put into practice.


Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title I Goals


The California Alliance for Arts Education white paper, A Policy Pathway: Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title I Goals highlights ways that schools and districts can embrace arts strategies for achieving the goals of Title I and improving educational outcomes for low-income students who are often under-served in public schools. Read the paper here.