Funding Resources

View the funding resources page for information on funding for the arts including Prop 28, AMIM - the instructional materials block grant, Title I, and more.

What is "arts in education?"

California Ed Code specifically lists which disciplines fall under the "arts". Take a moment to review which specific art disciplines you can support with additional art educational funding.

California Education Code states:

For grades 1 to 6;

(a) The adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive shall include instruction, beginning in grade 1 and continuing through grade 6, in the following areas of study:

(5) Visual and performing arts, including instruction in the subjects of dancemusictheatre, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.

California Education Code Section 51210 (Grades one through six)

For grades 7 to 12:

The adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study:
(g) Visual and performing arts, including dancemusictheater, and visual arts, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.

California Education Code Section 51220 (Grades seven through twelve)


A-G Subject Requirements:

In addition to the requirements designated by California Ed Code:

"half of the state's (California) school districts set their minimum graduation requirements to match the course requirements for admission to the state's public universities. Under these requirements, students must take one year of visual and performing arts, which cannot be fulfilled with foreign language or CTE coursework."

This specifically refers to "F - Visual and Performing Arts" in the A-G subject requirements in both CSU and UC schools.

The Arts and Music in Schools Funding and Accountability Act, Prop 28, defines "arts education program" as but not limited to:

  • instruction and training,
  • supplies,
  • materials, and
  • arts educational partnership programs for instruction in:
    • dance,
    • media arts,
    • music,
    • theatre
    • visual arts
    • creative expressions

Specific examples for visual arts include:

  • folk art
  • painting
  • sculpture
  • photography
  • craft arts.

While creative expression includes:

  • graphic arts and design
  • computer coding
  • animation
  • music composition and ensembles
  • script writing
  • costume design
  • film
  • video

Ed Buzz: New Arts Funding For Schools?


The toolkit developed by Create CA has many "tools" districts can use as they plan their funding and programming. These tools are supplemental and aren't required by the CDE.

Go to Create CA AMS Planning Toolkit

The California Department of Education (CDE) has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers regarding Proposition 28—The Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act.



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