Contact: Tea Silvestre

Lodi Arts Commission

Phone 209.367.5442

Fax 209.367.5906

125 S. Hutchins Street

Lodi, CA  95240

Press Release


Lodi Arts Commission Celebrates Value of Arts Education

Lodi, Calif. (February 27, 2003) -- The Lodi Arts Commission joins hundreds of arts organizations, educational associations and communities across the state in celebrating Arts Education Month throughout March.  The Arts Commission will carry this message to the people of Lodi through activities that honor and promote the value of arts education.

Governor Gray Davis said recently, “Arts education helps students develop creativity, self-expression, analytical skills, discipline, cross-cultural understanding and a heightened appreciation for the arts.”

The City’s Arts Coordinator, Tea Silvestre agrees.  “Students who develop artistic expression and creative problem solving skills are more likely to succeed in school and will be better prepared for the jobs and careers of the future.  These are values important to the community of Lodi.”

Dr. Barbara Johnston, Director, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for  Lodi Unified School District states, “The curriculum our children receive in schools must be comprehensive.  While the emphasis is on students learning to read, write and understand mathematics, there is also a responsibility to make sure students, ‘appreciate and analyze, and perform and enjoy’ (CA Dept. Ed. 1999c).  The arts allow that to happen.  They are an integral part of the core curriculum.”

Everyone in the Lodi community is encouraged to participate in the State’s collective celebration of arts education. Attached is a list of arts education related events planned for March in Lodi.

In a landmark initiative to heighten the American public’s awareness of the need for increased and comprehensive arts education, Americans for the Arts launched Art. Ask for More., a two-year, national public awareness advertising campaign in partnership with the Ad Council and 323 organizations and arts councils across the country. In addition to increased awareness, the campaign is a call to parents and other decision-makers to become involved in the effort to guarantee the inclusion of the arts in education.


The Lodi Arts Commission, a city agency, was established by the Lodi City Council in 1982 and charged with the mission to promote and encourage programs to further the development and public awareness of and interest in the fine and performing arts and to act in an advisory capacity to the Lodi City Council in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the City.   For more information about the Lodi Arts Commission, call 209.333.5511 or visit their website at


March Arts Events in Lodi (this list is not all-inclusive):

March 4:       Lodi Unified School District to honor Soroptomists for donation of $16,000 worth of musical instruments, Soroptomists Monthly Board meeting, 7:00 p.m.,

March 5:       Lodi Middle School Drama Company Presents:  THE SECRET GARDEN ~ The Musical, HSS Performing Arts Theatre,
7:00 p.m., General Seating    $10.00

March 6:       Presentation of Visual and Performing Arts at the PTA Coordinating Council meeting,
9:00 a.m., Joe Serna Charter School

March 7:       First Friday Artist’s Reception – Paintings by Joseph Oliveri
7:00 p.m., Hutchins Street Square, Thomas Theatre Gallery, Free

March 11:     Lodi Community Concert Association Presents:  “Opera, Broadway & Beyond” -- Guest Artist ~ ALISON ENGLAND, SOPRANO, HSS Performing Arts Theatre,
7:30 p.m., For Tickets Call:  745-9575

March 12:     Lodi Arts Commission Joint Meeting with LUSD to discuss Art Education in public schools, Monthly Arts Commission Meeting,
12:00 Noon, Hutchins Street Square, Cottage Room

March 14:     Night Time Live Jazz Series – Zydeco Flames
7:30 p.m., Hutchins Street Square, Kirst Hall, $20

March 22:     Lodi Community Art Center’s Annual Spring Art Show
1 to 7 p.m., Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Winery, Free

March 23:     Lodi Community Art Center’s Annual Spring Art Show
1 to 7 p.m., Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Winery, Free

March 28:     Night Time Live Jazz Series – Viva Brasil
7:30 p.m., Hutchins Street Square, Kirst Hall, $20

                        Jewel of the Valley Poetry Series – Poetry by Christina Hayes
6:30 p.m., Tillie’s Coffee & Tea, Free