Arts education activists, parents, students, teachers, and district administrators from around California came together in Palm Springs for the Arts Now Riverside County Summit on Wednesday. The event was co-hosted by Moreno Valley Unified School District, Riverside County Office of Education, Palm Springs Art Museum, and the California Alliance for Arts Education.

The event’s goal was to recognize and share the individual and collective work in support of arts education in the Riverside County and surrounding counties. The theme of the Summit was "Cultural Shift: Creativity for Our Future" and it featured information on the strides being made to increase access to arts education in the region. MVUSD students participated with performances and student panel discussions to demonstrate how the arts make a positive impact on them.

MVUSD Board President Jesus Holguin, also the chair of Create CA, Vice President Cleveland Johnson, Clerk Dr. Marsha Locke, and Member Susan Smith attended along with MVUSD Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora and Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Greg Solomon.

“Moreno Valley Unified is a leader in expanding arts education for our students,” said Board President Jesus Holguin, “We were the first district to adopt the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning and we are proud to co-host this event and share our path to expanding the arts with other districts.”

“Research shows the arts are not only fun for students, but also a critical piece in improving student achievement,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, “We know putting the resources in place to open the arts to all students is extremely important to improving outcomes for the children of Moreno Valley.”

Arts participation in Moreno Valley Unified School District is nearly 10 percent higher than the state average.