Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Local Students are Finalists in Student Voices Campaign

Argonaut High School Students Honored in Statewide Video Contest

LOS ANGELES, CA –Two Argonaut High School students have produced a video that has  been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Student Voices Campaign, which provides a creative way for students (grades 7-12) to impact school policy-making and make their voices heard. Student videos responded to the question “How could the arts change your school?”

Deja Douglas and D’Angelo Malaspino were the producers of “We Are Art”, a short film with six actors, music and a simple but strong message: “Art is in everyone of us, bringing us together in unexpected ways. Without it, we could never express ourselves, be who we really are, allowing us to make friendships along the way.”  Douglas won first place in this competition last year. See the video from Argonaut High School that has been selected as a 2019 Finalist: 

We Are Art

Finalists from schools throughout California were selected to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Videos were evaluated on the persuasiveness of the message, technical components of the video and the creative approach. Winners will be announced in early April.

Deja Douglas

D’Angelo Malaspino
The group sponsoring this video competition is the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE). A spokesperson says, “Across the country, students are speaking up, joining together, and shaping conversations about the most important issues we face as a country. It is a moment when young people have a real opportunity to push for the changes they want to see in their schools, the country, and the world.”

Videos from the campaign have activated concrete change at several California school districts, such as increased access to art classes and the adoption of the Declaration of Students Right to Equity in Arts Learning.

The Student Voices Campaign will be featured on Inside California Education, a statewide television series about public education produced by KVIE PBS, the PBS station in Sacramento. The Campaign will also be showcased at the upcoming Youth Creativity Summit, taking place in Los Angeles on April 26th at Los Angeles Community College. The Summit hosts 300 students and includes interactive workshops, performances, and resource tables for students to tap into creative learning and career opportunities.

CAAE is a statewide organization representing a coalition of educators, art-smart parents, administrators, policymakers, arts and community organizations who advocate for quality arts education for all students in California K-12 public schools. Visit www.artsed411.org .

CAAEreports that although the state has mandated that all students receive equal access to Arts Education, the students in affluent communities continue to have greater access than those in communities with less resources. CAAE works to change this inequality. AmadorArts has strong ties because of its Amador Alliance for Arts Education, lead by Meghan O’Keefe of AmadorArts.

O’Keefe says, “We’re here to help the Amador County Unified School District achieve a vibrant curriculum where the arts are integrated into education and where teachers have the tools to do so. The goal is to achieve a broad course of study that will increase graduation rates and student employability.”

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