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Meet the new Center ARTES Fellows

Christine Wood

Christine

Center ARTES Faculty Fellow in STEAM + Literacy

Dr. Wood's instruction mirrors contemporary trends in the field of literacy. It aims to foster teacher candidates understanding of innovations in literacy teaching  and learning through technology integration and student-centered practices with a focus on the intersection of multimodal literacies.

Lucy HG Solomon

Lucy

Center ARTES Faculty Fellow in STEAM Ingenuity

Professor Solomon translates research on arts education into visuals through data visualizations, she specializes on the intersections of art, technology, science, and society,  and she guides students as they seek alternative methods to convey research-rich stories through mediated experiences.

Kristin Moss

Kristin

Center ARTES Faculty Fellow in Community Arts

Dr. Moss' work focuses on art, identity, and social change and engages in different communities and explores ways that visual culture  contributes to discourse s of cultural identity, offers creative conceptualizations of contemporary society, and can serve as a model for democratic participation  and citizenship.

Check out the amazing work of the new Center Artes fellows on ou website as Dr. Wood's professional development opportunities, Professior Solomon's work with our STEAM ambassadors, and Dr. Moss's social justice class project!

Welcome to ART=OPPORTUNITY!

blm public art

- Christian Leon

*** BLM Protest Signs Mural  as well as the story behind it!!  *** 

*** Reimagining Normal Blog By Ivonne Chand O'Neal, PhD. Muse Research ***

black lives matter

Our Mission at Art=Opportunity is to ensure that all children have access to learn in, with and through the arts. Our own research of CSUSM college students identifies social equity factors that play into college preparedness and success. We recognize that there are significant social inequality in our society and understand there is much work to be done to create a equal playing field for all children. 

The Black Lives Matter movement is a movement that we not only believe in, but stand for. Social equity in arts education starts with social equity in society. 

Check out these Black Lives Matter resources!! 

Don't miss out on the amazing work featured on our website by Jake Northington where he uses photo books to address the social justice issue that Black people face on a daily basis. 

To further our knowledge and understanding of racisim and discrimination  in the arts and culture sector we commited to the #ArtsGoBlack Pledge as part of our commitment we attended  webinar trainings and viewed more critically the ways in which we can further support  communities and artist of color through our organization.  We have amended our mission statement, policies, and diversity  within our organaization to reflect and support the communities that we serve. Here is our Pledge .

The following poem was written by Keiana a high school student from the transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. We always say that art gives students a voice to tell their stories and Keiana's poem is the perfect example of that. The poem not only brings to life the feelings, thoughts and experiences that Keiana has experienced firsthand, but also brings to life what many people in the Black Community have firsthand experienced themselves. 

"I can't breathe",
"Please don't kill me", 
"I don't want to die young."
Say their names: Gerorge Floyd, Treyvon Martin.
Say their names: Breonna Taylor, Dion Johnson. 
Black men, have to fight to live.
Black women, have to beg to live.
Black children, have to cry to live.
Fighting for the same rights that the white man has,
When we fight, we're looked down on, 
"You're looting"
"You're causing a disturbance in the community."
"This isn't Justice." 
Peaceful protest, How it all started, 
People of color coming together,
Letting the higher ups know,
"This is not right, What's happening, Is not okay."
While Black men, women and children are outside,
In the hot rays of the sun, screaming from the top of their lungs:
"No Justice, No peace"
We're shot at, 
Tear gas is thrown.
What do we have to do to have people understand,
All Lives won't matter until Black Lives matter? 
 

- Keiana 

 

Our Mission statement

Our Mission at Art=Opportunity is to ensure that all children have access to learn in, with and through the arts. Our own research of CSUSM college students identifies social equity factors that play into college preparedness and success. We recognize that there is significant social inequality in our society and understand there is much work to be done to create an equal playing field for all children. Our nonprofit organization works at creating an equal playing field for students by educating teachers/future teachers, parents, and school administrators about the importance of arts education  for all students. We do this by providing various resources to the public throughout the year such as access to open source research that supports arts education, creative youth development as well as college and career pathways for youth engaged in the arts, literacy residencies, boot camps and workshops on arts integration, and more.

On this website, you have access to our current research, upcoming events, and where you will find ART=OPPORTUNITY in the news and in the community. In addition, you can access our toolkit so that you are well equipped for spreading the word about this important initiative. Because the arts make a difference! 

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