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Trolley Campaign from September to October

The trolley can be seen throughout Coronado, Seaport Village, Old Town and Gaslamp Quarter.

Art = Opportunity Professional Development Literacy and Arts Integration 3-Day Bootcamp

  • June 21 - 23, 2017 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • North County Regional Education Center (NCREC)
  • 255 Pico Avenue San Marcos, CA 92069


This hands-on 3-day bootcamp will delve into how visual arts and theater can be effective tools for teaching language arts. Participants will leave with several lessons, new skills, and methods for assessing student learning.

Participants will be receive a copy of the book “Arts Integration: Teaching subject matter through the arts in multicultural settings” as well as ART=OPPORTUNITY research-based playing cards.

Cost: $60 (includes materials, breakfast & snacks)
CSUSM Credit available
Limited space,registration required.

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Art = Opportunity Anchor Event; Pasacat Philippine Performing Arts Company

On May 2nd, 2017  From 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Studio One Theater ( adjacent to the Museum Courtyard) at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 North Escondido Blvd
Escondido, Ca 92025
Includes a sneak preview of Museum Exhibition “The Second time Around Hubcaps as Art and Reuse Recreate Reimagine”
Pasacat will present a Lecture Demonstration  explaining the history, geography and people of the Philippines as represented through diverse music, dance and dress styles.   Learn how  engaging in performance creates a new text or  context for learning.

About Pasacat

PASACAT is a Philippine folk dance, but in San Diego, it began as the acronym for the Philippine-American Society and Cultural Arts Troupe.  Today, PASACAT’s mission is to preserve and promote the Asian Pacific culture through the arts, thereby, extending goodwill and enhancing cultural understanding. It is a non-profit cultural arts organization service Southern California.

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Art = Opportunity to Host Arts Literacy Residency; New York Times Best Selling Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Featured at Region-Wide Events March 1-2, Various Locations

Pax book

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 county. 

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.

Autor Bios

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.


  • DATE: March 1, 2017
  • DESCRIPTION: Merryl Goldberg and Ron Jessee "Learning through the Arts" class. A Way with Words host Martha Barnette will interview author Sara Pennypacker and illustrator Jon Klassen.

  • LOCATION: Cal State San Marcos, Arts Building Room 111

  • TIME: 10:00 am

Open to the Public

  • DESCRIPTION: Professional Development with North County teachers (registration of $20 includes copy of Pax.)

  • LOCATION: Quantum Learning Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Oceanside, CA 92056

  • TIME: 4:00 - 5:30

Open to the public

  • DATE: March 2

  • DESCRIPTION: Author Reading/Storytime for Littles
; Author Sara Pennypacker and illustrator Jon Klassen will read and share from their illustrated children’s books.

  • LOCATION: Make/Shift installation at The New Children's Museum, 200 W Island Avenue, downtown San Diego
TIME: 10:30am

Open to the Public. Free with museum admission: $13/per person

  • DESCRIPTION: Illustration for Art Teachers and Teaching Artists. Jon Klassen will talk about his work as a book illustrator and conduct a mini hands-on workshop. Limited space, registration required.
  • LOCATION: Innovators LAB at The New Children's Museum, 200 W Island Avenue, downtown San Diego
  • TIME: 3-4pm

  • DESCRIPTION: Museum after Hours! Working with Words and Pictures: Inspiration for Classroom Teachers credentialed arts teachers, teaching artists, indeed, all educators! Author Sara Pennypacker and illustrator Jon Klassen will discuss and share how they work together and inspire teachers to consider combining writing and drawing into their lessons. Limited space, registration required.
  • LOCATION: Innovators LAB at The New Children's Museum, 200 W Island Avenue, downtown San Diego
  • TIME: 4pm-5:30pm

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