About Center ARTES
Center ARTES was founded at Cal State San Marcos by Dr. Merryl Goldberg in 2003. Her vision was to create an organization dedicated exclusively to arts education in K-12 schools, an organization that could serve as a vehicle for exploring and contributing to the developing field of education in and through the arts.
Center ARTES incorporates many Arts Education partners under one umbrella. At the heart of Center ARTES' success are fruitful partnerships between Cal State San Marcos, local school districts, award winning SUAVE (Socios Unidos para Artes via Educacion, or United Community for Arts in Education) and many professional organizations such as the San Diego County Office of Education, The California Center for Arts, Escondido, Orchestra Nova, Playwrights Project, and other Arts Institutions. These partnerships connect artists and art institutes with the teachers and schools that will most benefit from their services.
Center ARTES' work is largely carried out by a group of art specialists who are skilled in teaching with and through the arts. They work in partnership with local public school teachers to help them approach all areas of the curriculum in more creative and interactive ways. A primary philosophy underlying Center ARTES' work is that teaching through the arts, as vs. the more traditional teaching about the arts, can be a powerful tool for teachers to help students both further their subject-matter understanding and be introduced to the arts as well.
Center ARTES supports and encourages arts education and arts advocacy in San Diego County schools and communities. We seek to build bridges among the wonderfully diverse cultures in our region by educating students and teachers in the arts, providing access to the arts for children and families, creating strategies to use the arts to improve education across the curriculum, and advocating for arts education at the local, state and national levels.