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Arts Empower is a collective impact initiative working to improve and support arts education in San Diego County by:


  • Building leadership
  • Promoting advocacy
  • Encouraging and assisting districts in strategic planning and implementation
  • Fostering meaningful partnerships
  • Facilitating professional learning
  • Measuring access to equitable arts education
A well-rounded education includes the arts, which empower students to become the best versions of themselves. A high-quality arts education prepares students to be global citizens who are ready for the future, including college and career.
A quality arts education promotes:
    •    Artistic literacy
    •    Growth mindset
    •    Civic engagement
    •    Social-emotional well-being
    •    Creative and critical thinking
Therefore, arts education must be:
    •    Equitable and inclusive
    •    Culturally responsive and expansive
    •    Innovative and forward thinking
Our Vision
Every student in San Diego County is engaged in personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education.
Our Mission
The mission of Arts Empower San Diego is to ensure high-quality arts education for every student, supported through the collective impact of a motivated community of arts advocates.
We do this by:
    •    Building leadership in and through arts education
    •    Promoting advocacy to strengthen arts education
    •    Encouraging and assisting districts in all phases of the arts education strategic planning process
    •    Fostering meaningful partnerships between educational entities and community stakeholders
    •    Facilitating professional learning
    •    Measuring access to equitable arts education

Arts Empower Steering Committee Members

  • Tiffany Bouchard
  • Bridget Caviola
  • Pauline Crooks
  • Anne Fennell
  • Jeff Malecki
  • Courtney Sawada
  • Lauren Shelton
  • Russ Sperling
  • Brandon Steppe

Arts Empower Advisory Committee Members

  • Sara Baldwin
  • Shayla James
  • Candice Narlock
  • Patti Saraniero
  • Elisa Thomson
  • Eric Weirather

Arts Empower Advocacy Subcommittee Members

  • Keri Jharveri
  • Candice Narlock
  • Jonathan Seligman
  • Kevin Tung

Contact Information

Pauline Crooks

Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education
Phone: (858) 295-8881


Support Arts Education for Every Child – Become Arts Empowered today!