2022 Arts Empower Ovation Awards

Arts Empower San Diego is pleased to announce the return of the Arts Empower Ovation Awards! These awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are working to ensure every student in San Diego County is engaged in a personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education. 

The Arts Empower Ovation Awards will be awarded through a social media celebration throughout the month of May, 2022 recognizing districts in South San Diego County, Region 1: Chula Vista Elementary, Coronado Unified, National, San Ysidro, South Bay Union, and Sweetwater Union High.  Nominations  for Region 1 will be accepted through April 5, 2022.  

Awards will be given in the following categories: Creative Leader, Creative Student Leader, Artful Advocate, Artful Visionary, Creative Connector, Enduring Artful Learner, and Youth-Artist Transformation. Read the description and criteria for each award on the Call for Nominations HERE.

Everyone, including students, may nominate a student, parent, teacher, school leader, or community arts organization. Nominees will be selected for individual awards based on the narratives submitted through this  Nomination Form HERE. Please share this information and the nomination links with your school community.  Nominations submission will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 5, 2022.




2020 and 2021 Arts Empower Rally events

Whether you were able to join us live for the first Arts Empower Mega Rally on Oct. 15, 2020 or not, you can watch a video of the event on YouTube to hear from teachers, leaders, and best of all students who are using the arts to thrive during this difficult time.

Whether you were able to join us live for the second ArtsEmpower Mega Rally on Mar. 11, 2021 or not, please check out the video of the full event.  View the video below to be inspired by a student panel as well as beautiful and powerful artwork created by our students to help them cope, connect, and communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic.