Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts
CREATE CA defines EQUITY in Arts Education* as the right of every student
to engage and succeed in powerful, high quality, standards-based arts
learning PreK-12. All students from every race, culture, language background,
geographic region, and socio-economic level must have the opportunity to
fully develop their own artistic, cultural, and linguistic heritage while expanding
opportunities to study and explore artistic expressions across different cultures
and time periods.
*We define arts education to include courses of study and
interdisciplinary learning in dance, music, theatre, and visual and media arts,
aligned with the State Standards and reflecting the provisions of the California
State Education Code.
The right to equitable access to PreK-12 free, coherent, and sequential
standards-based arts learning that is part of the core curriculum and that
provides both integrated and discrete visual and performing arts learning
opportunities; and the right to equitable outcomes as a result of this access,
without distinction on account of race, culture, language, religion, national
origin, geographical location, or legal status.
have the right to participate and succeed in high-quality courses in all the arts
disciplines as part of my basic education, regardless of my background, culture,
language or place of residence.
The right to special protection for every student’s artistic and aesthetic
development. The right to protection from policies and practices that exclude
or preclude certain students or populations from equitable access to and
success in powerful and coherent arts learning PreK-12.
have the same right to fully develop my creative potential at every grade
level and not be excluded for any reason.
The right to arts learning that is culturally and linguistically responsive
and relevant, with attention to those populations that have traditionally been
excluded or precluded, such as English Learners, students of color, foster
youth, homeless youth, students in poverty, migrant students, and special
have the right to engage in arts education that reflects, respects and builds
on my culture, language and background.
The right to arts learning programs in every school, district, and
community that are funded and supported with the necessary resources,
including qualified administrators, teachers, teaching artists, and other staff,
adequate materials, and appropriate facilities to support powerful culturally
and linguistically responsive arts learning.
have the right to receive the resources I need to be successful in my arts
studies in dance, music, theatre, media and visual arts, including the proper
supplies and facilities, and especially qualified teachers and curriculum that
honor all cultures and languages.
The right to educators, leaders, and parents/community who are
knowledgeable about the intrinsic and extrinsic benefits of arts learning for
individual students, families/communities, the nation, and global society.
have the right to be supported by leaders in my community and school
who understand the benefits of an arts education to prepare me for college,
career and life.
The right to be brought up in school and community environments that
value and protect the arts and equity as essential to the full development of
every student, and that demonstrate those values/beliefs in their public
policies and practices.
have the right to learn and practice the arts in a positive environment where
everyone understands and acts on the knowedge that I am engaging in
valuable and important work.
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