Tuesday, June 21, 2016

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: San Diego Unified announces substantial expansion of arts and music programs for the fall

News Release


June 21, 2016

Contact:  Tara McNamara



San Diego Unified announces substantial expansion of arts and music programs for the fall


SAN DIEGO – Students in San Diego Unified schools will have access to more musical instruments, new band uniforms and a vast library of sheet music come the new 2016-17 school year. The focus on the arts was announced last week as part of the Superintendent’s priorities for the district’s 2016-17 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and 2016-17 budget, which are scheduled for a final vote by the Board of Education at their June 28, 2016 meeting. For more information about the district’s 2016-17 LCAP, visit www.sandiegounified.org/lcap .


"Our schools have produced many professional artists over the years, including several Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy winners,” said Russ Sperling, Visual and Performing Arts Director. “Our arts programs are  a tremendous resource that benefit all our students."


Among the arts highlights in the proposed budget for next year are:


• More than 900 new instruments will be provided for students

• More than 10,000 songs on sheet music will be cataloged

• 30-year-old band uniforms will be replaced

• Visiting-artists will teach at 22 schools


Your coverage is welcomed tomorrow:


• Zamorano Fine Arts Academy Celebration of Art

   Student musical performance and art display 

   2655 Casey St. San Diego (92139)

   Wednesday, June 22, 2016

   5-7 p.m.


• You can also view and use the Celebration of Art Promo Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJUD_t0hzFY&feature=youtu.be  


• District arts leaders are available for interviews


Contact: Tara McNamara, 619-725-7505






Linda Zintz

Communications Director



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