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CSUSM Receives Stuart Foundation and Panta Rhea Foundation funds for ART=OPPORTUNITY

Thanks to a second year of major funding from the Stuart Foundation, as well as a second year of funding from the Panta Rhea Foundation, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will continue its ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign focused on providing access to the arts for all children through exemplary educational practices based in arts integration and arts education.

ART=OPPORTUNITY, an arts literacy, education and advocacy campaign includes a series of summits, special events, professional development and the development of research-based advocacy materials.  Founded by Merryl Goldberg, Executive Director, and founder of Center ARTES  is a professor of music in the School of Arts at CSUSM.

“We have a specific focus on Leadership, Research, Advocacy, and Sustainability,” explained Goldberg. “Our highest goal is to ensure that every child has the opportunity for an exemplary education that includes learning in, with and through the arts.”

In the efforts to create a shared vision of the role the arts play in student development, Goldberg and Center ARTES is partnering with multiple leadership partners including the San Diego County Office of Education, the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB), the College of Business Administration at CSUSM, San Marcos Writing Project at CSUSM, School of Arts at CSUSM, North County Professional Development Federation, San Diego Arts Network, Chula Vista Elementary School District VAPA, Arts for Learning San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, The New Children’s Museum, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), California Center for the Arts, Escondido and more!

If you are interested in getting involved, please email or explore this website for more information.

About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 14,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

About the Stuart Foundation

The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education. We work to ensure that public education systems in California and Washington provide opportunities for students to learn, achieve and thrive.

Our guiding principle, or North Star, is an education system that values the Whole Child by strengthening the relationships between students, educators, families and communities. As a result, students will have greater opportunities to be self-reliant, succeed in education and careers, and engage meaningfully in their communities.

About the Panta Rhea Foundation

Authentic change comes from the grassroots: from the organized efforts of people and organizations to enliven the social imagination, to envision a better future and to experiment with new ideas. We support changemakers to ask questions and to implement strategies and initiatives to build awareness, power, activism and civic engagement.