CSUSM Center ARTES Hosts 3rd Annual Art in Your HEART! Fundraiser for K-12 Arts Education

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

The third annual Art in Your HEART! benefit hosted by Center ARTES at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will be held on October 30, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Visual and Performing Arts Building. Proceeds from the event will fund the delivery of art education programs to K-12 schools across San Diego County via the ARTSmobile, a mobile classroom. The afternoon includes a reception, light refreshments, as well as tours of campus art studios.

Art often has the effect of helping children develop the creativity and skills to become better students and ultimately more productive citizens but school budgets have cut or severely limited art education and fieldtrips in public schools. The cost of delivering art education via the ARTSmobile is only a dollar per student. On average, 350 students participate in art programs every time the van is dispatched to a school.

"This event has become a significant source of funding for Center ARTES. Just one dollar can bring an art experience to a student," said Center ARTES Executive Director Merryl Goldberg.  "A $350 gift would mean we could add another school to our list.  A $1,000 gift would mean we could reach one thousand students!"

Tickets are $200 per person at the Patron level, $125 per person at the Associate level, $75 at the Friend level, and a special Educator rate of $40 is offered for classroom teachers.  Donations of all sizes are also accepted.

In addition to raising funds for arts education, the evening will also honor three individuals for their significant contributions to the arts: Education Philanthropist and Art Enthusiast Bob Mangrum for Arts Philanthropy, Artistic Director of Orchestra Nova San Diego Jung-Ho Pak for Artistry, and the Escondido Union School District for Arts Education.

What: Art in Your HEART! Benefit and Awards

When: October 30, 2009 from 4 to 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Visual and Performing Arts Building at CSUSM, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos

Cost: Tickets are $200 per person at the Patron level, $125 per person at the Associate level, $75 at the Friend level, and a special $40 classroom teacher educator rate. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 760-750-4408 or e-mail rarlene@csusm.edu.

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, including training university students as they prepare to become teachers. Center ARTES is dedicated to restoring arts education to the public schools through training student teachers, classroom teachers, placing artists in schools to work with children and teachers directly and working with school districts on strategic planning, research, and evaluation. Center ARTES partners with San Diego County Office of Education providing a hub for arts education as they unite schools, develop art partners, and bring teachers and parents together.
  
About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.