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.
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
January 2020: Arts Amplify Youth! Wester Positive Psychology Asso. (WPPA)
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.