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2020 Events

March 2020

On March 7th College Is For Me Day was able to take place at CSUSM due to the partnership between ART=OPPORTUNITY and California State University of San Marcos through the San Diego Creative Youth Development created the CYD College pathways program for all youth being served in the network. There were over thirty attendees who were able to participate with the support of the Clare Rose foundation. 

group photo

February 2020: Literacy Residency with Shelley Moore 

On February 1st the San Marcos Writing Project launched an event with author and story teller Shelley Moore. Shelley Moore led the workshop by providing various lessons and having participants actively participate and explore their new understanding of literacy. 

sldie one of author
slide 2 with author
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January 2020: Arts Amplify Youth! Wester Positive Psychology Asso. (WPPA)

AYY Yotuh confrence
On January 25th The Arts Amplifying Youth presented at the 5th Academic Conference of the Western Positive Psychology Association. The Youth presentation focused on Increasing the sense and feeling of "belonging" as well as the feelings of "safety" through a Youth-Led approach. 

2019 Events

November 2019: Arts Integration Presentation at the University of Las Vegas! 

On November 1st the University of Nevada, Las Vegas hosted a conversation about arts education in the community, within the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.  The purpose of the conversation was to celebrate the ongoing efforts of arts educators, share information and opportunities in regards to arts education and give people the opportunity of discussing the importance of arts education. Dr. Goldberg sharecd her experiences teaching about, with and through the arts in a diverse multicultural setting. 

Dr.Goldberg presenting



arts integration presentation

October 2019: National Guild for Community Arts Education conference in Austin Texas 

The National Guild for Community Arts Education conference is an organization that supports the creation and advancement of arts institutions and government agencies that ensure community-wdie access to the arts. The conference brought together leaders and educators from various backgrounds to share knowledge, build relationships and advance a common vision. The Arts Amplifying Youth leadership had the opportunity of presenting a workshop for youth. 

Youth presenting

Group picture youth leaders
Youth leaders

October 2019: MEGA ARTS Conference Youth Workshop 


The Arts Empower Mega Conference is a forum that unites teachers of all arts disciplines, elementary multiple-subject teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and arts organization members. It’s developed in partnership with the county’s arts education organizations and Balboa Park arts and culture institutions. The Arts Amplifying Youth lead a workshop in which they provided participants with hands on experiences and activities that describe and relate to their work. 

August 2019: CSSSA (California State Summer School for the Arts)

The California State Summer School for the Arts is a four week training program designed for high school students, which specializes in pre-professional visual and performing arts located in the California Institute of the Arts. The goal of CSSSA is to provide a supportive environment in which students acquire experience and training that extends beyond the practice and improvement of aesthetics and technique. 


AYY youth

Youth demonstration


AYY panel

June 2019: Arts and Literacy Makerspace 3-Day Bootcamp!

On behalf of The Stuart Foundation, Panta Rhea and CREATE CA; Our three-day bootcamp was an  ultimate success!!! More that 50 pre-service and in-service educators participated in sessions around literacy, empathy, arts integration and lesson plan curriculum. The photos above highlighted only some of the amazing projects our participants created and every year, these bootcamps make a big difference for teachers in their classroom!


April 2019: Arts Amplifying Youth Summit 2019

Every year, ART=OPPORTUNITY gathers youth leaders from South San Diego to coordinate a for youth, by youth summit down in National City, CA. Each year, the leaders tackle a theme, this year being safety; in a classroom, with one self and within a community. The leaders were tasked with hosting and planning out their activity to share with the participants, and the response this year was phenomenal. Truly, our youth summits are an experience that are meant to be seen!

aay leaders
reimagine poster
aaay group

March 2019: Super S.T.E.(A).M. Saturday!

15,000 attendees, over 100 booths!!! ART=OPPORTUNITY put the "A" in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This is an annual event hosted at CSUSM, and our booth invited attendees to participate in a salt and watercolor activity as well as a crayon leaf-rubbing diagram. Over 500 of our ART=OPP stickers were given out, thousands of kids went home with their artwork, and everyone went home knowing that S.T.E.M. is only BETTER when the arts are incorporated!



February 2019: Learning Literacy Through the Arts

In conjunction with the CSUSM Writing Project, our stars for the night, Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee held an event discussing the crosses of literacy and arts. Participants were invited to engage in activities, listen in on info sessions and get an inside scope of what it is like to be an author and illustrator for childrens books.

literacy residency
marla speaking

2018 Events

December 2018: Launch of our Coffee Sleeves

Our ART=OPP coffee sleeves came fresh off the press and straight for the coffee cart on CSUSM's campus! To continue our message to college students, driven to find their place in the world, it brought about a greater need to make it clear for any age group of community setting that the arts ARE essential to a child's success!


Photo by Raven Sansano


Photo by Jose Soto

November 2018: CSUSM Arts and Social Justice Project

Kristen Moss' Arts and Social Change class was tasked with figuring out which of our "Why Art?" cards resonates best with the campus community. The leaders of this project used paint colors that coordinated with our three themes: Excellence in Education, Live life to the Fullest and Workplace Ready. Each booth participant was asked to pick which card resonates best with them and stamp the color that matched their card onto the banner paper.

October 2018: Educator's Night Out Event at TNCM

This annual free and fun event showcases opportunities and resources available to classrooms throughout the county and offers teachers an opportunity to gather new, innovative teaching resources. To the right is one of our table participants as she shared with us why art is important to her.


Photo by Raven Sansano

Photo by Julie Kendig

September 2018: National Arts in Education Week 

Local San Diego Superintendents, Board members, District members, artists, Educators, parents and students alike gathered at The New Children's Museum in celebration of the national arts in education week. The campaign, #BecauseofArtsEd became a clear message that the arts are critical to a child's success.  

National Arts in Education Album

April 2018: AAY! (Arts Amplifying Youth) Youth Summit 

On April 27, 2018, Arts Amplifying Youth (AAY!), a team for youth by youth, held their first annual youth summit to provide a platform for the community to participate in activities of creative expression around the issues of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Change. Little did they know of the surprise at the end!

2018 AAY! Youth Summit Album


Photo by Raven Sansano


Photo by Toni Robin

February 2018: ART=OPPORTUNITY Literacy Residency with author, Lee Cataluna and illustrator, Cheyne Gallarde 

San Diego educators, teaching artists and parents participated in a panel Q&A session at The New Children's Museum to hear about the great childrens' book, Ordinary Ohana

Ordinary Ohana Album

2017 Events

December 2017: CSUSM College of Business Administration (COBA) Annual Trade Show

ART=OPPORTUNITY's senior business team presents their comprehensive marketing and business plan to local sponsors and campus attendees at Cal State San Marcos

2017 COBA Tradeshow Album


Photo by Raven Sansano


Photo by Paige Kepley

November 2017: Martha Gilmer Q&A Session at Cal State San Marcos

Merryl Goldberg and Rajnandini Pillai from the College of Business Administration, lead a Q&A session with the profound Martha Gilmer where she shares her personal journey to her career, life lessons and the intersections of business and the arts among Cal State business students

October 2017: Annual Mega Arts Conference at Balboa Park hosted by Arts Empower SD and the San Diego County Office of Education

Orchestra and theater students from middle school and high school that attended and performed during the conference were featured in a video where we asked, "Why Art?" "What kind opportunity has the arts brought into your life?"

Annual Mega Arts Album


Videography by Albert Rascon


Photo by JR Shelton

October 2017: Trolley Promo Photoshoot with Artists from TranscenDANCE

Students from TranscenDANCE met at Balboa Park to feature ART=OPPORTUNITY's trolley wrap that was enroute through Coronado, Old Town, Gaslamp quarter and Seaport Village from October to November 

Trolley Promo Album

Summer 2017: 3-Day Art Literacy and Integration Bootcamp

Bootcamp located at the County Office of Education in San Marcos, CA

Over 50 educators, students, teaching artists, administrators and parents attended our 3-day bootcamp filled with art literacy activities, sessions, and tools for classroom integration


Photo provided by Raven Sansano


Photo by Raven Sansano

Chula Vista Elementary School District;  Parent Pilot Course

Ron Jessee leads a quick exercise with students and parents as part of an ice-breaker to the Arts Literacy presentation led by Laurie Stowell

2016 Events

Philippine Pasacat Performance at the Escondido Center for the Arts

The Pasacat Dance Company performed traditional cultural dances from the Philippines for a wide audience at the Escondido Center for the Arts.