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

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    • 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 Cavaiola
    • 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

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Pauline Crooks
Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education
Phone: (858) 295-8881
www.sdcoe.net/vapa 

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