Putting Art in Motion: The CSUSM ARTSmobile headed to Reynolds Elementary School in Oceanside


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

ARTSMobile brings arts education to area schools

The CSUSM Center ARTES ARTSmobile brings art education to public schools in San Diego County

The ARTSmobile is hitting the road again this Monday, October 5, headed to Reynolds Elementary School in Oceanside. The ARTSmobile is a mobile classroom, sponsored by California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Center ARTES, that brings arts education to thousands of children, parents, and teachers throughout San Diego County.

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. Building on the long established networks and the arts education professionals of Center ARTES and theirr award winning SUAVE program (Socios Unidos para Artes via Educacion or United Community for Arts Education), the ARTSmobile seeks to delivers innovative and exciting art programming to San Diego County schools, continuing its mission of reaching and educating children who otherwise may not have exposure to the arts.

The van itself is an exciting and dynamic artistic piece. Its exterior features colorful, musically inspired artwork designed by Greg Evans, "Luann" comic strip writer and Center ARTES board member. The van was funded by the Mangrum Family Trust and Ken Grody Ford. 

The ARTSmobile will be at Oceanside's Reynolds Elementary School on Monday, October 5 from 8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Center ARTES Program Artist Eduardo Parra Coordinator will be teaching four theater workshops to third and fourth graders. Each workshop is 45 minutes in length.

"Art in Your Heart" is a Center ARTES fundraiser scheduled for October 24 from 3:00 p.m. at The McMahan House at CSUSM.  Gifts received will go toward funding future trips for the ARTSmobile.
Who:  Third and fourth graders at Reynolds Elementary School and Center ARTES Program Artist Eduardo Parra.
What:  The CSUSM Center ARTES ARTSMobile will be traveling to Reynolds Elementary to facilitate four theater workshops. 
When:  Monday, October 5, 2009. Each workshop will be 45 minutes in length, beginning at 8:25 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Where:  Reynolds Elementary School, 4575 Douglas Dr., Oceanside, CA 92057
Why:  To bring arts education to youth, filling the gap left by budget cuts.

This is a photo opportunity.  Media are invited to attend.  Please RSVP to Margaret Lutz at 760-750-4011 or contact Center ARTES at 760-750-4431. 

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. Center ARTES is dedicated to restoring arts education to the public schools through teacher training, placing artists in schools to work with children and teachers directly and working with school districts on strategic planning, research, and evaluation. Center ARTES has partnered with San Diego County Office of Education to become 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 fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.