OAKLAND -- The third annual Bay Area National Arts in Education Week is underway and the Creative Impact celebration will take place Friday at the Oakland Museum of California.
The U.S. House of Representatives designated the second week of September to celebrate how arts education is "an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students."
The weeklong Bay Area celebration, titled Creative Impact, provides a central platform to unite the Bay Area arts and education communities around a shared vision for the success of each and every child through the wealth of creative experiences and arts learning opportunities available to individuals, families, and communities throughout the year.
This year's Creative Impact celebration will take place 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Oakland Museum of California to coincide with Friday Nights @ OMCA, the museum's weekly family-friendly festive night market that features live music, art activities, gourmet food trucks, and more. The event is open to the public.
Among the speakers Friday are Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor; Craig Watkins, director of the California Arts Council Director; Lori Fogarty, executive director of the OMCA; and Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools.
Entertainment will be provided by members from the Westlake Middle School Jazz Band, Oakland School of the Arts Vocal Rush and Circus Arts, Jenny Zheng, guzheng performer with the Chinese Spirit Music Ensemble, and Fresh Dynamix dance group with the REACH Ashland Youth Center.