Art and music programs are getting cut or pared down due to the state’s budget crisis, so supporters of arts education are hosting a breakfast in San Francisco Tuesday Thursday to build support for funding for the programs.

State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and San Francisco Arts Commission President P.J. Johnston are among the officials expected to attend the event, the launch of the San Francisco Alliance for Arts Education.

Event organizers say state legislators have allowed local school districts in recent years to use arts education block grant funds for other programs because of budget deficits.

In response to the increased elimination of art and music programs, the California Alliance for Arts Education is building local coalitions to advocate for the programs.

Along with Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and Johnston, business leaders, teachers and parents are expected to attend the breakfast, which is not open to the public.

For more information on the California Alliance for Arts Education, visit

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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