School Board Candidates – Arts Education

Below are the Sarasota County School Board Candidates’ responses to the Alliance’s arts education survey. Ratings are on a scale from 1 – 5 with 5/strongly agree and 1/disagree.

District 1
Bridget Zielger
Nick Guy

District 4
Shirley Brown
Karen Rose

District 5
Jane Goodwin
Pamela Gavette
Richard Linden
Justin Cody Willis

Compiled Results

Join us on Wednesday, August 1st from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Center for Arts and Humanity (1226 N Tamiami, Sarasota) for an arts education forum with the candidates.

For more information on the Sarasota County School Board candidates, please visit the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections. 

District 1

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Bridget Zielger (Incumbent)

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
1. Comment I strongly support the arts as an essential part of the core curriculum, as it has proven to have a direct correlation to increased student engagement and proficiency.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
2. Comment I believe it is so important that all students have the opportunity to take arts courses.  The arts bring a diverse range of benefits to students, including emotional well-being, expansion of creativity, and increased confidence.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
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4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 5
4. Comment I have both seen and heard from students and teachers alike, about the tremendous benefits from the arts integration initiatives. It is wonderful to see the continued expansion of these initiatives such as EdExplore SRQ, and will be a strong supporter for the continuation of integrating the arts into other subjects.
5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
5. Comment As stated before, there are proven examples of the benefits the arts can bring to all students at all levels. Exposing all students to arts courses is an opportunity for our students to tap into the potential and talent they may not have know that had.
6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
6. Comment While the quality of the instructor plays the most significant role, it is important to support these programs with proper materials and well equipped facilities.
7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
7. Comment I am encouraged to have seen the continued expansion of programs aligned to C/SPA’s goals and mission. I believe our community, school district and students are better for it, and is a key differentiator that our district has the opportunity to offer that many other districts do not.
8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment I vow to protect the classroom, above all else, when it comes to any kind of budget cuts.  The arts play a pivotal role in providing our students an exceptional education, and support our students’ success in math, science, history and english/language arts.
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? Locally, I have sat on event and fundraising committees for the Asolo Repertory Theater.
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? Unfortunately, we were not able to attend as many events as we’d like to this year.  However, I did have the opportunity to see Kinky Boots, Evita, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, and my daughter’s performance in the Sarasota Ballet’s Carnival of Animals.  We also had the opportunity to check out Warhol: Flowers in the Factory at Selby Gardens.
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? Theater and music played a huge role in my life, and still does today. I grew up in a very theatric and musically inclined family. I began playing piano at age 2, and was classically trained through high school. I also played cello and clarinet in elementary and middle school.  My fondest memories are from the many musicals I performed in, at school, community theater, and one off broadway.
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? The arts had a tremendous impact on me, and still do today.  I believe that performing gave me much needed confidence, and the ability to overcome my fears.  At an early age, I was auditioning for various roles, many which I did not get.  I believe that taught me how to cope with rejection and value the growth each experience gave me. Lastly, music (specifically classical music) has probably impacted my life the most, and will until my last day on earth.
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? I have two daughters.  Reagan will be five in late September and Sloane is two and a half.  Both enjoy playing the piano, singing, and putting on performances for the family on a regular basis.  Reagan will be beginning her 3rd year of ballet this year, and Sloane will be beginning ballet next Spring.  I believe, like many children, performing arts have given them confidence and the ability to expand their imagination.  We will be supporting their creativity throughout their life, as my family did for me.
Do you have any additional comments? I am grateful for the Art & Cultural Alliance.  Our community is better because of your commitment and advocacy.

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Nick Guy

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
1. Comment Besides being a valued field of study, a student can pursue, it adds to the development of creativity. That creativity only strengthens a student’s ability to succeed.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
2. Comment Students need a well-rounded opportunity to explore various avenues for creativity, be it visual art, music, etc.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
3. Comment It only makes sense to have a certified instructor, so each student can benefit from the experience and knowledge that teacher possesses.
4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 5
4. Comment Yes Yes Yes. When I taught 7th grade geography I would allow the students to opportunity to create maps of the nations we studied. Whether it was color pencil, paint, clay, or water color – each student always seemed to better comprehend the material where we injected this into the lesson. I wished it could have been in each unit we studied that year, but lack of materials limited it’s deployment. We can’t keep teaching kids the same way and expect better results. Finding unique and creative ways to spark enthusiasm should be encouraged with each teacher regardless of subject. Too often we focus solely on the ‘Standards’ and preparing for ‘Testing Season’.
5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
5. Comment We must work to encourage the exposure to artistic expression and opportunity at all levels of K12 education, to all students.
6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
6. Comment As long as there is appropriate funding. I previously mentioned how my experience integrating art into a Social Studies curriculum was limited by available materials (or money for them).
7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
7. Comment What jumped out to me was INNOVATION under the Mission’s priorities. 30% of today’s careers will be automated within 10-20 years. We must focus on educating creative and innovative students, so they can develop the next generation of careers as well as focus on ways to save us from ourselves regarding the destruction of our environment.
8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment If belt tightening needs to occur at some point, it needs to occur as much in the arts as it does in any other subject. Those are the unfortunate realities of public education finance. Whether it’s the economy or the legislation, funding could drop off and shift the direction of a district at some point.
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? No. The only other boards I’ve served, or currently serve on are the University of Toledo Suncoast Alumni Board and the Eastpointe Homeowners Association Board.
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? We attend St. Armand’s art festival each year. Disney on Ice has become an annual affair. With small children our concert days slowed down a bit.  Before children my wife and I would attend 5-6 events throughout the year from Tampa to Key West. When they’re a bit older we’ll include and expose them to everything from Jimmy Buffett to Stephen Muldoon to JazzFest. Each fall a day or two at the Renaissance Fair is a must. There are many activities that could technically fall under ‘cultural event’ our family attends. We believe in showing our children as much of the world and it joys as possible.
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? HS Art I & II, HS Choir, Band 4-6 grade (trombone). Now if you’re counting the Industrial Arts, then I’m probably the most well-versed candidate you’ll find. My home and all the  remodeling I’ve done over the past 5 years is an homage to my HS Industrial Arts teacher, Tim Webber. My most recent project was the creation of two sliding barn doors crafted from 2″x10″ planks that were used for a sea wall and had developed the most fascinating texture. As soon as I seen them in one of the building salvage businesses I frequent, I knew they had to be used for this project.
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? See above. Besides being a hobby it’s added to my family’s quality of life. I look forward to passing these values down to my two daughters. Building or creating things from wood also allows me an avenue to deal with the stress of everyday life. I find the smell of freshly cut wood rather soothing.
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? Upon retirement my mother in law completed a few art courses at Ringling and began working with an individual instructor. She’s developing quite a portrait skillset making her way through the 7 grandkids she’s painted. Our girls love arts and craft time with their grandma. In our home I frequently cover the island with paper and we paint objects or images. I fully expect our children to explore a wide variety of artistic exploration throughout their schooling. Their former babysitter was in the VPA program at Booker HS so attending Cinderella this winter is already on the calendar.
Do you have any additional comments? Thank you for this opportunity to earn your support and for the tremendous work you do ensuring this valuable field of study remains a part of so many lives in our communities.
District 4

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Shirley Brown (Incumbent)

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
1. Comment My children and now my grandchildren are involved in arts programs both in and after school which I fully support. Both girls dance and one has been in the Pineview drama program for several years and is also a wonderful artist. My grandson is learning to play guitar.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
2. Comment One of the best things about passing the referendum is the flexibility the extra half hour every day gives us.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
3. Comment Absolutely
4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 5
4. Comment My daughter serves as the lead on that for kindergarten teachers at Philippi Shores. EdExplore is a great resource for teachers.
5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
5. Comment Arts help children of special needs express themselves and let’s high achieving students chill out. Students learn best when both halves of their minds are engaged.
6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
6. Comment While state capacity guides expect every classroom to be filled every hour of every day which would require “specials” teachers to come to the home room, having dedicated classrooms allow the art/music teachers to better outfit their classrooms and allow the home room teacher to have a planning time in her classroom n
7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
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8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment Over the last 12 years we’ve experienced several budget setbacks from the legislature, but the only arts classes cut were a few underutilized ones.
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? My husband has chaired the Circus Arts Conservatory for several years and helped to lead the $4 million renovation of the Sailors Circus.
I served on a committee to try to save the Golden  Apple Dinner Theater and we both strongly support Embracing our differences.
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? Summer, Winter & Children’s FST and the WBTT season ticket holders. Several events/shows at Ringling, Asolo and Van Wezel, Embracing Our Differences, Sailor Circus, Sailor Circus, plays, music and theater & arts programs at BHS, Pineview, Riverview and other schools. The Louvre and many Paris museums, Monet’s summer home.
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? Played accordion when I was 6, school musical when I was in 6th grade,
Painting with a Twist
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? Plays can make me laugh, cry or think.
I enjoy Painting with a Twist and am proud of my final product,
Music can take you to another place
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? Maddie loves her dance classes, but she likes coming up with her own routines.
Liv has learned many aspects of theater at Pineview where she’s made many friends and given her confidence
Do you have any additional comments? I know that for some students, arts programs or classes is what keeps them in school. Studies have shown that
Arts programs help develop both sides of brain activity and a career in the arts can’t be automated.

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Karen Rose

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
1. Comment Sarasota is well known as an arts rich community.  It is very important that our schools reflect the culture of Sarasota.  In addition, it is an opportunity for every student to enrich their life, talent, academics and social well being.  As a principal and executive director for 15 years, I always encouraged students and families to take full advantage of the wealth of arts opportunities in our middle schools.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
2. Comment We must make sure that our students have access to arts opportunities in each of our schools.  With the complexities of scheduling, I have held myself accountable by directing that arts courses are built and scheduled first in the master schedule. Arts courses must accommodate student’s levels and pathways.  We are most fortunate to live in a community that supports a referendum.  I am committed to prioritizing the arts in school budgets as well as referendum dollars.  As a student advocate, I would love to see additional opportunities for dance and drama at all levels of education.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
3. Comment With first hand experience as a principal, this is a non-negotiable piece.  With a highly qualified arts specialists, our students will soar.  Not only does the teacher have to be certified, they have to love the arts and be able to build relationships with students, families and the community at large.
4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 5
4. Comment Booker Middle School Performing Arts, Patriot Plaza Civics Boot Camp (art, social studies and science at Twin Lakes Park), and Any Given Child are exemplars.  Arts integration brings all components of a lesson to life. Ideally, these lessons include hands on and field experiences in the community. These kind of opportunities reinforce the standards that we are teaching and much more.
5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
5. Comment Arts courses must be scheduled first and given priority in order to give student access at every level and ability. Also, leaders must make sure that specific programs of study accommodate levels and abilities.  Scheduling can be complex which requires a strategic and well thought out plan.
6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
6. Comment I am most proud of opening The Sarasota Middle School Panther Arts Center.  Not only can students display their works, teachers can use it for instruction and models.  The center is an ideal location for community events.  Yes, a high quality arts program requires quality equipment and supplies.  The teachers of the arts that I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with, will tell you that I am a strong advocate for all components of a high quality program.
7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
7. Comment As a Sarasota County School(s) Leader, I have been a strong advocate for C/SPA’s Top Ten Priorities.  I am committed to this win, win partnership for our students and community.
8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment The arts are Sarasota and cannot be associated with any budget cuts or demands.  All students benefit from arts opportunities and the arts are mandatory for a well rounded education (Whole Child).  Arts courses/programs are equally important to every other course in our district curriculum!
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? I have served as a teacher, principal and executive director of middle schools.  I have been an advocate for the arts and I am committed to giving the arts a priority status.  I have not served on a board, however I have regularly interacted with C/SPA.
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? As a principal for 14 years, I attended all of my school’s art programs and events.  I am very proud of bringing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (arts integration required program) to Brookside and continuing an investment in the arts at Sarasota Middle School.
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? I played clarinet in junior high school (but must share that I did not have an encouraging teacher), modern dance in college and visual arts courses as an undergraduate.  All of these experiences did not make me a high quality artist, however certainly accentuated the importance of a high quality teacher.  It is equally important to mention that my greatest wish in elementary school was to have a part in the regularly scheduled school plays.
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? I consider myself a risk taker and an innovator that is also very empathetic to each individual’s life challenges.  I am not an accomplished artist however, I know what it means to try something new, take a risk, productively struggle and grow your success in life.
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? As a teacher and principal, I have served 10,000 plus children that I have considered my own.  I believe in addressing the Whole Child and the arts are an essential piece.  Confidence building, intellectual development, social development, risk taking and reward, and a strong sense of belonging are just a few of the positive ways the arts can impact a life.
Do you have any additional comments? Thank you for supporting our students, schools and community.  Sarasota is the cultural capital of Florida. Our art’s partnerships have introduced Sarasota’s students to what it means to be a patron of the arts.  You are what makes Sarasota a great place to live!
District 5

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Jane Goodwin (Incumbent)

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
1. Comment Arts education develops the right brain and allows an individual to become more creative and collaborative in all aspects of thought and learning.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
2. Comment The arts are the connective tissue which make students enjoy school and all aspects of learning with more vigor.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
3. Comment We have programs which incorporate the arts into our academic classes. Movement in math, drama and music in English and language arts and critical projects in science and technology are but a few ways our teachers invigorate learning.
4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 5
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5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
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6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
6. Comment We have made great efforts to provide enhanced studios, performance centers and budgets fir supplies have been enhanced.
7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
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8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment The referendums I have worked on for 5 different campaigns were firstl and foremost for additional art teachers and classes in all schools. The addition of the Kennedy Center partnership has brought in masters to enhance professional development.
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? Board member VIPAC -Venice Performing Arts Center Board
FSMEA- Member Fl State Music Education Board
Chaired Kennedy Center Stakeholders Committee
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? Season of the Asolo, season of Westcoast Black Theatre, Venice Symphony, Venice Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Manatee Players performances
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? Childhood: danced 12 years, clarinet, piano, guitar, paint a bit, needlepoint all my life, decorating numerous houses, flower arranger, many crafts
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? Joy!Joy!Joy❤️
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? Daughter -danced and drama which she loved. Grandchildren in marching band and orchestra. They so enjoy participation.
Do you have any additional comments? Thanks for all your involvement with our students. Thanks also for your help with the referendum🍎

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Pamela Gavette

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
1. Comment As an elementary teacher integrating the arts in my lesson plans was an everyday opportunity for my students. All children have different learning styles and the arts help me connect with students based on their interests, creating a well-rounded student.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
2. Comment Yes, and it is proven that students who participate in the arts score higher on their SAT/ACT tests.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
3. Comment The arts benefit students in the classroom and a certified arts specialist helps grow their knowledge of the fine arts.  Just as a reading teacher specializes in teaching reading, an art teacher helps students view their world in an entirely different way.  Giving students the ability to view their world and appreciate the art they see in their world.
4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 5
4. Comment As an elementary teacher, I have seen magic happen when arts are integrated into other subjects.  Teachers should be encouraged to attend institutions of fine arts, to strengthen their approach to collaborate with their students and colleagues, to bring in more art influence into the classroom.  Art, music, drama teachers are necessary as resources to classroom teachers.  Arts are science, literature, and math so it supports all subjects.
5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
5. Comment All students deserve to be exposed to the arts, as art links to all subject areas (math=symmetry, proportion, grid/ruler) etc
6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
6. Comment If we want a quality art experience, a well-equipped facility is the best case scenario; however, I know amazing art teachers that travel on a cart and students still learn the arts.
7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
7. Comment As a classroom teacher, implementing the arts with my students gave me an opportunity to allow dioramas or building projects, video or dramatic presentations, or poetry.  Allowing their visual pictures to be seen by their peers.
8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment I would be looking for your definition of “equitable funding”…I fully understand how important the arts are for the well-rounded child; however, I would have to weigh the impact of budget cuts on ELA/Math.
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? No I have not; however, I am a proponent of the arts in the classroom.
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? NYC Broadway, Ringling Museum, Sarasota Youth Orchestra, Perlman, Van Wezel, Embracing Our Differences.
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? Yes, as an elementary student I played piano and violin.  In high school I participated in drama and dance. As an adult I took interior design classes at the International Academy of Design.  I have also enjoyed meeting friends to be creative with canvas painting.
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? My parents always encouraged me to try different arts; sadly, they never made me stick with it; therefore, I never mastered my craft. Being exposed to the arts has helped me in designing my home and choosing my wardrobe.
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? Both of my daughters have taken 2-D & 3-D art over the last ten years in public school. They have also had the privilege of working privately with certified art specialists for several years in elementary and middle school.  My 17 year old daughter has been a pianist since age 5 and my 14 year old daughter has been a violinist since age 6.  They always find peace in their artwork and music.  It is common for me to go into their rooms during the wee hours to find them  sketching in their books.  They find much enjoyment from participating in the arts.

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Richard Linden

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 1
1. Comment I feel students would not be getting a complete education if the arts were not part of a school’s curriculum.
2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 3
2. Comment I would need further information relating to current opportunities for students in Sarasota County schools before concluding that they were inadequate and needed increased support.
3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 5
3. Comment I have been a high school science teacher for the past 18 years.  I strongly believe that all courses, including those in the arts, should be taught by certified teachers.
4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 3
4. Comment I would need further information regarding current opportunities for integrating the arts into other subjects before drawing a conclusion on this statement.
5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
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6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
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7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 5
7. Comment I fully support all aspects of the plan.  They are well-thought out and important.
8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
8. Comment Having had students of varied talents over the years, I fully recognize the importance of all disciplines within a school.  It is illogical for the arts to take a back seat to other elements of the curriculum.
9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? No
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year? My wife and I have attended symphony performances and theater productions at a variety of settings.  Probably our favorite, interestingly enough (since I taught this past year at Venice High School), has been the Venice High School chorus, which seems on a par with professional groups.  We made it a rule to attend all of their performances and to bring with us as many friends as possible.
On a recent trip to Dublin, we visited 2 different museums to see French impressionist work, which is a personal favorite of mine.
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? I was a band member (both concert band and marching band) in high school as a saxophone player.  I was given a solo as a senior, which remains a memorable experience.  In college, I took 2 semesters of music as electives.
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? I very much enjoy music in many forms, which I largely attribute to early exposure to it.  To this day, when I run labs in my own classroom, I have music playing in the background.
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives?
Do you have any additional comments? It is difficult to express in words the inspiration that I saw the Venice High School chorus director (Mrs. Smith) provide to students of mine who performed in her musical groups.  It was a joy to watch the beautiful relationship between teacher and student at their phenomenal performances.  It was certainly wonderful to see the great accomplishments of several athletic teams at the school this past year, when 3 state titles were earned.  But it was sad to see that a group as talented as the chorus didn’t receive the same recognition or attention.  The arts should hold just as important a place in school life.

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Justin Cody Willis

1. I support the arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, and media arts) as an essential part of the basic curriculum. 5
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2. I support increased opportunities for students to take arts courses. 5
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3. I support arts being taught by a certified arts specialist with a sequential curriculum during the school day. 4
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4. I support increased opportunities for classroom teachers to integrate the arts into other subjects. 4
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5. I support arts courses for students at all levels and abilities. 5
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6. I support dedicated, well-equipped facilities for teaching the arts. 5
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7. I support the goals and objectives for arts education stated in the Community/School Partnership For the Arts long-range plan. Click here for full statement. 4
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8. I support equitable funding for the arts in the event of budget cuts. 5
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9. Have you served on the boards or committees of arts, or cultural institutions?  If so, which ones? No
10. What cultural events (concerts, exhibits, etc.) have you attended in the past year?
11. Have you ever personally participated in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts? When and how? Yes. I was a band , chorus, and theater student in high school.
12. If you have participated in the arts, what impact did they have on your life and your thinking? The experiences I had of my band classes, I have carried on in many ways. My oldest daughter is in both art and the jazz band at Woodland middle school.
13. If you have a child or children involved in the arts ,how has that impacted their life/lives? My oldest daughter lives for art! Whether it is through her instruments, or through a paintbrush, it is truly what drives her world.
Do you have any additional comments?

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