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AVID for Arts

AVID for Arts is a ground breaking collaborative initiative between Center ARTES and local school districts. It is an outgrowth of 14 years of our award-winning Department of Education Model Arts Program, SUAVE (Socios Unidos para Artes Via Educacion- United Community for Arts in Education), in partnership with internationally renowned AVID.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national initiative aimed at improving educational opportunities for underserved students by improving their speaking, writing, critical thinking, and study skills. AVID for Arts focuses on using the arts to improve student learning across the curriculum. Students and teachers work directly with a SUAVE coach on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Beyond the immediate student centered goals of improving communication skills, literacy, and learning across the curriculum, our belief is that the underlying nature of the arts themselves require the skills of discipline, focus, listening, responding, critiquing, investment, improvisation, and practice. Thus, by engaging students in the study of the arts and in arts activities, AVID goals are achieved and students become even more invested in their own learning while also becoming more engaged, productive members of society.

For more information, please contact Merryl Goldberg at

This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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