The recently launched ART=OPPORTUNITY is continuing its work to program special events,
summits and training for 2017 that address its focus on improving arts literacy. This
March, Art = Opportunity initiative will present bestselling and award-winning author
Sara Pennypacker and illustrator/collaborator Jon Klassen in San Diego for a series
of workshops for educators and students, readings and school visits throughout the
Pennypacker’s recent children’s book, Pax, about the powerful relationship between
a boy and his fox, has been named an Amazon Best Book of the Year and remains a New
York Times Bestseller.
“Art = Opportunity Anchor Events are designed to illuminate and expand the concept
of arts literacy,” explained Center ARTES Executive Director Merryl Goldberg. “We
hope that by sharing the creative process of Sara and Jon with students, educators
and aspiring writers and illustrators, we can help shine a light on the connection
between art and literacy and inspire others.”
Professional development and learning events will take place over 4 days in various
locations including CSU San Marcos, The New Children’s Museum, Chula Vista and Oceanside.
|Sara Pennypacker is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of PAX, and seventeen more children's
books including the Waylon series, the Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths,
Meet the Dullards, Pierre in Love, Sparrow Girl, and The Amazing World of Stuart.
She has also contributed four books to the venerable Flat Stanley series. Her books
have won numerous awards, including a Golden Kite Award and a Christopher’s Medal,
many children’s choice state awards, and have appeared on many 'Best Books' lists.
Often asked “why do you write for children” she explains first, books can make a profound
difference to a young reader: they can either mirror his experience or they can open
up a whole different path.
|Jon Klassen was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, and grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada. He works
as an author/illustrator of picture books, as well as for animated projects. He has
written and illustrated three picture books—I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat
and We Found a Hat. Jon has illustrated books written by other people, too—most recently
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker. He has worked as an illustrator/designer at Dreamworks and
Laika Studios, and as an art director on smaller scale animated projects that include
the BBC and Google. Awards include the Caldecott medal for This Is Not My Hat, and
the Governor's General Award for Cats' Night Out. He lives and works in Los Angeles.