San Mateo County Arts Newsletter

MAY 2004

Kudos for Four Young Peninsula Dancers


          Four young San Mateo County dancers have been accepted to attend summer ballet programs with professional ballet companies on the East Coast. Sixteen year old Janice Hu and 15-year-old Lindsey Lowrie, both of San Mateo, will be attending the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C. Justine Lai of Woodside, who is 16, and 14-year-old Sarah Karp of Hillsborough will attend the Boston Ballet in Boston, Massachusetts.


All four are advanced students from Belmont’s Professional Ballet School, which opened in 1987. The school’s co-founders and directors are Zoltan and Carmela Zegarelli Peter, who base the curriculum on the Vaganova method.



Open Studios 2004


          On the third weekend in May, a number of artists throughout San Mateo County will be participating in the 18th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios self-guided tour. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 15 and 16, you can meet the artists at various art centers and in individual studios, talk with the artists about their work, and, of course, purchase original works of art. A small PEEK preview exhibit is currently on view at ARTshare 25, our gallery at 32 W. 25th Avenue in San Mateo. Visit the website at for more information about participating artists and directions to their studios.


Arts Education News


          The California Department of Education’s Arts Work Grants are in danger of elimination due to a proposed $6 million cut in the state’s budget (line item 6110-177-0001). The program’s purpose has been to award grants to local educational agencies to develop their capacity to implement high-quality instructional programs based on the state adopted visual and performing arts content standards for K-12 students. For more information on the impact of these grants, go to


          The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research, a report just released by the national Arts Education Partnership (AEP), urges researchers to bring new perspectives and methods to the examination of the impact of arts education on students, teachers, and schools. It also urges government agencies to collect data more rigorously and systematically for analysis of the impact of policy and funding decisions on arts education. The report is available on the AEP website at and also can be ordered by phone at (202) 336-7616 for $5 plus shipping.


          Arts instruction is declining, according to a report released in March by the Council for Basic Education. The report was based on surveys of more than 950 elementary and secondary public school principals. Twenty-five percent of the principals reported that time allocated for arts education had decreased in the past four years, and 33 percent of them anticipated further decreases. Although the trends are discouraging, the report emphasizes the value of creative curriculum in the schools and includes strategies for integrated curriculum development, teacher training, and standards that make the arts and creativity central to student success. To read the full report, go to


          Photographs of students at work in the arts—singing, playing an instrument, painting, working in ceramics, creating digital images, dancing, acting—are needed for the new Visual and Performing Arts Framework (VAPA) 2004, which will be available through the California Department of Education’s CDE Press early this fall. Artwork from California museums and video clips of professional performances also are needed for inclusion on a CD being created for teacher use in the classroom. If you are interested in contributing, contact Nancy Carr at


          The next step in the California Arts Council’s “Face of the Arts” campaign is a plan to feature one or two people each week on the CAC website. The featured faces could be those of someone from an arts organization, an artist, a businessperson, a city or county official, or community member who is an arts supporter. If you are interested in submitting an individual for consideration, you are invited to submit a photo (close-up of a face) and a 150 to 200-word story about that person. Photos and stories will be posted on the CAC website and a press release will be sent to local media and state and local elected officials each week. Seed your photos (300 dpi preferred) and short stories to Please include your name and contact information and the contact information of the person whose photo and story you send; also include the name and contact information of the photographer.


          You can become a more effective advocate for arts education. On Thursday, May 20, the California Alliance for Arts Education is hosting a pre-conference session at the Arts Work Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. “Taking Charge: Become an Effective Advocate for Arts Education” will provide an insider’s view of the legislative process, opportunities to hear directly from legislators, and a closer look at the variety of roles individuals can play in advocacy. It begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m. To register, go to


The conference itself, the 5th annual Arts Work Professional Development Conference, hosted by the Model Arts Program Network, will be held May 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. It will bring together hundreds of school district administrators, arts administrators, arts providers, and community artists. The focus is on a student-centered program built on standards-based instruction in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. An early registration/reservation package is available on the CAAE website at


          The U.S. Department of Education website offers information on resources for teachers, parents, and students on a variety of topics, including the arts. For the Federally supported teaching and learning resources, go to


          The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants are open to non-profit organizations and public agencies. The grants provide support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations in Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts: Film/Radio/Television, Multidisciplinary, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting, Theater, and Visual Arts. Awards are $10,000 each. The deadline is June 1, 2004. For more information, visit