During 2018, Nevada County Arts Council conducted an exhaustive survey of arts education in schools across Western Nevada County TK-12. We interviewed principals and staff across 32 schools and, in grades 7-12, looked at 2017 data submitted to the state.
Why? Baseline data about arts programming in Nevada County schools highlights our unique and creative “flagship” programs, and identifies gaps in addressing standards or issues of access. Our survey is a key component of countywide cultural planning. It recognizes that Nevada County is unique in California as the only rural county home to two state-designated California Cultural Districts - Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District. Cultural planning takes into account the support for, and re-invigoration of, arts education in our schools.
In the context of planning, our survey will assist local school leaders in making future decisions. Data gathering and interviews are now complete and our final report is available here. We invite you to email Brian Buckley, Chair, Education Committee with questions or information.
Meanwhile, in Eastern Nevada County, our partner agency - Arts For The Schools - will be announcing an Arts Education Survey in mid 2019. Watch this space!