April 29, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or photo that inspires you.
Q2: We celebrated National Superhero Day yesterday! Who is a Superhero in your life you’d like to celebrate and why? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: How have you been successful in engaging families in arts learning together? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Share something you’ve created while sheltering in place? #CaArtsEdChat
May 6, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a selfie!
Q2: Let’s celebrate #TeacherAppreciationWeek by sharing something you admire about a teacher or group of teachers you know! #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Now that you’ve spent some time implementing distance learning, what resources would you recommend for others? Share a screen shot. #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: How have you been cultivating hope for your students and arts ed community? #CaArtsEdChat
May 13, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, please introduce yourself with a GIF or photo representing how you feel today. #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: How do you utilize the arts to feel seen, heard, encouraged, and valued? #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: C.S. Lewis said “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” How are you managing to carry your load this week? #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Elton John once said, “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” What songs bring you comfort and hope? #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #CaArtsEdChat
May 19, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with a GIF or photo to celebrate an artist who inspires you!
Q2: How are you taking care of yourself this week? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: What does this quote mean to you? “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” -Confucius #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: This is #ClassifiedEmployeeAppreciationWeek so let’s thank our Classified Employees! #CaArtsEdChat
June 3, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself with one word describing how you are feeling today
Q2: How do you ensure all of your students see themselves in the artworks you utilize? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: “Courage is found in unlikely places.” -J.R.R. Tolkein Where do you find courage? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: What resources or books would you recommend to others wanting to ensure all student voices are heard?#CaArtsEdChat
August 5, 2020
Q1: Hi there and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a GIF on how you feel about the California Arts Framework being approved in July 2020.
Q2: California added “Arts as a Profession” to our Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals. How do you feel about this? How would this look for students in your current setting? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Which of the four artistic processes (Creating, Presenting / Producing / Performing, Responding, Connecting) do you find most challenging to teach via distance learning? Which is most exciting to teach? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Who can you share the new Arts Framework with? Tag 5 educators, administrators, board members and other stakeholders during #NationalBackToSchoolMonth #CaArtsEdChat
August 12, 2020
Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself and tell us your location and position.
Q2: Tell us how you encourage your students to make inclusion a part of their artistic practice. #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: What is your classroom, school, or district doing to foster diversity in their curriculum? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Give us an example of how equity is supported in your classroom, school, or district’s educational environment. #CaArtsEdChat
August 19, 2020
Q1: HOWDY! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a GIF showing how excited you are to finally connect with students again. #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: Self-care is one of the most important aspects of social emotional well-being. How are you taking care of yourself as school is ramping back up? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: You’ve likely heard something like the following statements: “Relationships before rigor” or “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” How are you developing relationships with students at the start of this school year? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Research shows that an arts-rich education helps students develop the social emotional competencies they need to be successful in school and beyond. Tag 5 folks who can help ensure the #ArtsForAll, especially during these difficult times. #CaArtsEdChat @caselorg
August 26, 2020
Q1: Introduce yourself and share: What does creativity look like? Why is it important for every learner?
Q2: As an educator, how can you recognize and develop creativity in all student learners? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: How can we make every subject creative? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: How can we foster a creative online learning environment? What are your go to resources? Tag your favorites! #CaArtsEdChat
August 26, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself and share a GIF showing how participating in the arts makes you feel?
Q2: September is #SPM2020. What role do you believe the arts play in helping students combat depression and suicidal ideation?
Q3: The CA Arts Standards recognize the arts as a means to well-being. What is one of your favorite quotes about the impact of the arts on individual and community well-being?
Q4: How can arts educators help students use their creativity to engage in suicide prevention?
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September 9, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself and share a photo or GIF showing how you are feeling about the start of the new school year.
Q2: Sir Ken Robinson said “We take it for granted that nearly everybody can learn to read and write. If a person can’t read or write, you don’t assume that this person is incapable of it, just that he or she hasn’t learned how to do it. The same is true of creativity.” How are you creatively meeting the challenges facing education today?
Q3: What instructional materials are you using with students this year to adapt to online or hybrid instruction?
Q4: Did you know @CADeptEd and @SBECalifornia are looking for reviewers for Arts Ed Instructional Materials? Apply at
http://bit.ly/ArtsIMreview by Sept. 15, retweet and tag 5 other qualified candidates.
September 17, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with a GIF to celebrate National #ArtsEdWeek!
Q2: What arts ed advocacy strategies have worked for you and your school?
Q3: Why do you believe all children should have access to an arts education?
Q4: Finish this sentence: Because of Arts Ed...
September 23, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with your favorite inspirational quote.
Q2: “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” - Frida Kahlo. How has your classroom changed? #HispanicHeritageMonth
Q3: Harvey Mckay said, “One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.” Share something new you’ve learned recently.
Q4: "Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." – Amy Poehler Who inspires you? Tag them in your response.
September 30, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Today is #InternationalPodcastDay! Introduce yourself and share your favorite podcast!
Q2: Responding Anchor Standard 9 of the CA Arts Standards is ‘Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.’ How do students use criteria in evaluating artistic work? What has shifted during distance learning?
Q3: In your classroom, who develops the criteria? Is it the teacher, students, or another source?
Q4: What technology or tool has been most helpful for you and/or your students right now?
October 7, 2020
Q1: Hi and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself and share an image or quote about your favorite art form.
Q2: Riddle me this! “If our leaders were more like artists, they would…."
Q3: What's one way leaders can encourage playful creativity on their teams?
Q4: It takes empathy to engage in art-making — and leadership, too. How can both stay humble and better understand the lived experience of others who are different from them?
October 14, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with an image of the arts bringing communities together.
Q2: According to the CA Arts Standards “Artistically literate citizens seek artistic experiences and support the arts in their local, state, national, and global communities.” How do you encourage and build this capacity in your students? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: While the focus is on the presidential race in the Nov. 3 election, most arts education decisions are made locally. How do you encourage people to vote and what advice can you share for learning about candidates and propositions? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: What examples have you seen of students advocating for arts education? #CaArtsEdChat
October 21, 2020
Q1: Introduce yourself and answer this question: How are you using the arts to reflect the cultural experiences of the students you work with?
Q2: Numerous research reports have found that an increase in arts education has a remarkable impact on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes. How can we increase equitable access to the arts for ALL students during school hours?
Q3: Studies show that arts education energizes students and activates them to get more involved in their community. How do you use arts and culture to get students more civically engaged?
Q4: It takes an entire community to bring awareness of the value and positive impact of the arts on students. How can we get parents and families to take action as arts education advocates?
October 28, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Friday is National Candy Corn Day. Please introduce yourself with a gif or image showing how you feel about this sugary treat.
Q2: One of the goals of @ArtsEmpowerSD is to build leadership capacity locally. What experiences or resources have helped make you a better leader? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: The global pandemic has given us an opportunity to reimagine education. What innovative or forward-thinking ideas have you tried or seen others implement? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: We know the power arts education has to change lives! Please share an example of how the arts have empowered you or one of your students. #CaArtsEdChat
November 4, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Please introduce yourself with a selfie.
Q2: What are you doing for self-care to celebrate #StressAwarenessDay?
Q3: Tag an educator that inspires you and share how/why they are an inspiration.
Q4: Next Wednesday is #VeteransDay. Share what you do to honor Veterans or tell us about a Veteran in your family.
November 9-13, Slow Chat
Welcome to this week’s SLOW #CaArtsEdChat, where we will take an extended time to honor our Veterans.
Q1: In May, "The President's Own" released this socially distanced version of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” What is a song or work of art that you feel beautifully honors our Veterans? youtu.be/n0wHMzeA6ag #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: How does your school community honor Veterans, including staff, parents, and community members? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: The USO provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors, musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the US Armed Forces and their families. How have or could you connect with @the_USO to support Veterans in your community?
Q4: Did you know Blue Star Families has a network of Museums and Theatres who provide complimentary or discounted admission to Military Families? Check out the “Arts are for Everyone” video to learn more. @BlueStarFamily
Q5: It is wonderful we have a day to honor our Veterans. How might we use arts education resources to honor their service and sacrifice?
November 18, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day Please introduce yourself and share a random act of kindness.
Q2: Where do you think creative ideas come from? How do you help your students be open to new ideas and encourage outside the box thinking? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: #Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage”? How do you encourage your students to bravely express their unique culture and identity while creating? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Being a member of an arts education organization can be a powerful support tool. Share an example of how an arts organization has helped you or your students. Please tag an organization in your response. #CaArtsEdChat
November 25, 2020
Q1: Arts education has continued throughout the pandemic through innovation, creativity, and commitment. What individuals and organizations would you like to express gratitude to for making this possible? Please tag them in your response.
December 2, 2020
Q1: Hello, and welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with a GIF showing how you’re feeling now that it’s DECEMBER (already?!?!?).
Q2: Henry Ward Beecher said, “The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” How does this quote apply to arts education for all students? #CaArtsEdChat #SpecialEducationDay
Q3: Evidence-based planning supports students’ full inclusion in arts learning. What steps do you take in your planning to ensure all students can access the learning? #CaArtsEdChat #SpecialEducationDay
Q4: “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander Den Heijer. How does this apply in arts education? #CaArtsEdChat #SpecialEducationDay
December 9, 2020
Q1: Greetings! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Let’s make a wish! Introduce yourself, where you are from, and what you wish for! 🌟
Q2: This week is #CSEdWeek. Have you made art with computer coding? How was that experience? Check out devart.withgoogle.com to see how artists are creating using technology. #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Where do you see your artform and technology intersecting? #CSEdWeek #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: What new ways have you used technology in your teaching that you will carry forward beyond the pandemic?
December 16, 2020
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and tell us what food you are craving today?
Q2: Ludwig van Beethoven was born 250 years ago today! What question would you ask if you could speak with him today? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Beethoven is well known for his use of motif. Share an artwork that is a great example of motif. “Motif is a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.” #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Beethoven, like most artists, was under-appreciated in his time. Let’s give some love to current artists and celebrate their contributions to our world. Be sure to tag them in your response! #CaArtsEdChat
December 23, 2020
Q1: Greetings from the #CaArtsEdChat. We wish you a restful holiday season. Feel free to share your art with us!
December 30, 2020
Q1: Greetings from the #CaArtsEdChat. What is a goal or wish you have for 2021?
January 6, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the first #CaArtsEdChat of the new year. Introduce yourself with a gif that shares your feelings about 2021.
Q2: What has inspired you at the start of this new year? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Respond to this quote from Phil Collins: “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: January is #NationalMentoringMonth. Who has been an arts mentor to you? Have you mentored anyone? Share your story and tag your mentor/mentee! #CaArtsEdChat
January 13, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself with a gif showing how you are doing today.
Q2: How do you surround yourself with people and ideas that push and expand your thinking? Tag the people who inspire you! #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Respond to this quote: "The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." — Plutarch #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Share something you are doing to take care of yourself this week. #CaArtsEdChat
January 20, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and share a GIF or video that always makes you smile.
Q2: How does your work/life as an artist inform and influence your work/life as a teacher/leader? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: In #TheArtOfEverything, @DrGaryWaddell writes “Dynamic organizations bake their values into their very foundations.” What are the values you try to “bake” into your work? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: @DrGaryWaddell also writes, “There are noble examples of courage that inspire, but courage also happens in small, ordinary ways on a daily basis.” What courageous act, big or small, have you observed lately? #CaArtsEdChat
Feb. 3, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Share a GIF that shows how familiar you are with the new CA Arts Standards and Arts Ed Framework.
Q2: What types of professional learning do you think teachers in your community or region need related to the new Arts Standards and Arts Education Framework?
Q3: What does equity in arts education look like to you?
Q4: What would be helpful to you in addressing equity in arts education?
Feb. 10, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Share a GIF that shows how you feel about online professional learning.
Q2: What effective Professional Learning have you taken part in this school year? What made it outstanding?
Q3: What does inclusion in arts education look like to you?
Q4: What would be helpful to you in addressing inclusion in arts education?
Feb. 17, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #NationalCabbageDay! Share a GIF that shows how you feel about this cruciferous vegetable.
Q2: Imagine you have a magic lamp . . . What 3 wishes do you have for online professional learning?
Q3: What does antiracism in arts education look like to you?
Q4: What would be helpful to you in addressing antiracism in arts education?
Feb. 24, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself and share something not many people know about you.
: Warren Buffett wrote: “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree long ago.” Who planted a tree for you that has impacted your work in arts education? #CaArtsEdChat
: In this current environment, how can arts educators metaphorically “plant new trees” that will impact our students for years to come? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Next month is #ArtsEducationMonth. How are you planning to spotlight the importance of arts education in March? #CaArtsEdChat
March 3, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows something that makes you happy! #IWantYouToBeHappyDay
: As 80% of students report worsening mental health during the pandemic, arts education is proven to decrease stress and anxiety. How do you use SEL in your arts classroom? https://youtu.be/-9TT1ohVh88 #ArtsEdRebuilds #CaArtsEdChat @CreateCA
: Ella Fitzgerald said “Music is the universal language . . . it brings people closer together.” How do music and the arts bring people together in your community? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: March is #ArtsEducationMonth. Please share a photo of yourself making art. #CaArtsEdChat
March 10, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a piece of your arts ed story. #WriteYourStoryDay
: The arts teach students to connect to people & experiences beyond their own. How do the Arts connect you to your students and community? #ArtsEdRebuilds #CaArtsEdChat @CreateCA
: Pablo Picasso said “Every child is an artist.” What are your thoughts on this? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: March is #ArtsEducationMonth. Share a piece of student artwork! #CaArtsEdChat
March 17, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Show us your green with a selfie...or you may get pinched ;-)
: 1 in 10 CA workers is a creative worker. The arts and culture sector contributes $174.6B to CA’s economy! How does teaching students about multiple career pathways in the arts empower and equip them for economic success now and in the future? #CaArtsEdChat
: The Otis Report on the Creative Economy for 2021 was released recently. Have you seen it? How might this inform your work in the classroom? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Shout out your favorite local artist and tell us why you enjoy their work! Be sure to tag them so they know they are appreciated! #CaArtsEdChat
March 24, 2021
Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Please introduce yourself and share a GIF that shows you feel about #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay
: The arts are civic engagement. Low-income students with high arts participation are more likely to vote in local elections and volunteer. Tell us about a recent civic engagement project with your school or class. #ArtsEdRebuilds @CreateCA #CaArtsEdChat
: What are your thoughts on this quote from @GavinNewsom “Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.” #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: March is #ArtsEducationMonth. Share a favorite piece of civic art or a local museum/theatre/venue that is dear to your heart. #CaArtsEdChat
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