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Jan. 21, 2020
Arts Empower San Diego, our countywide arts education collective impact initiative, is launching a new program! The Arts Empower Ovation 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 first Arts Empower Ovation Awards will be given out Feb. 27 at the Vista Civic Center and will recognize districts in North County.  Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

The second Arts Empower Ovation Awards will be given out March 25 at the San Diego Central Library. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Read the News and Resources section below for more information on how to participate.

While you’re on Twitter, connect with me and others passionate about arts education on our weekly chats every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Whether you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before or are an expert, please visit this link to see the questions and learn how to join the conversation.

Search #CaArtsEdChat to see previous conversations on the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes. I’ll see you then!

VAPA Coordinator, SDCOE
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View the latest visual and performing arts (VAPA) professional learning opportunities or click the links below for the registration page.

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community
San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community Mornings
Morning community events engage TK-12 school district arts leaders in professional learning and leadership development focusing on instruction and student learning aligned with the new California Arts Standards. Through collaborative observation, discourse, and reflection, the community aims to build the capacity of arts leaders as they support educators in their school districts. Offered in partnership between SDCOE and South California Arts Project.

San Diego Area Arts Leadership Community Afternoons
Afternoon community events engage arts leaders in an investigation of arts education topics and current research to maintain awareness of issues and policies impacting arts education in California. The community provides a system of support for arts leaders as they implement a strategic arts education plan and make systemic change. Offered in partnership between SDCOE and South California Arts Project.

New Arts Curriculum Framework Update
An updated draft of the California Arts Framework will be available soon on the CDE website. Please watch for more information coming soon!

Please share this news with your colleagues and encourage them to subscribe to the VAPA listserv. To join the listserv, send a blank email message to join-vapa-revisions@mlist.cde.ca.gov.
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Arts Empower Ovation Awards
The Arts Empower Ovation Awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are working to ensure that every student in San Diego County is engaged in personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education.
Arts Empower is currently accepting nominations for awards in San Diego County,  Region 4 and Region 5.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Creative Leader, Artful Advocate, Artful Visionary, Creative Connector, Enduring Artful Learner, and Artistic Transformation. Read the descriptions on the nomination forms available here:  Region 4 and Region 5.

Anyone, 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. Please share this information and the nomination links with your school community. Nominations will close at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31. Arts Empower Ovation Awards for the other three regions of San Diego County will be announced soon.
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Inspired By Music Grants Now Available
SDCOE, 91X, the Music Box, and Green Flash Brewing Company are now accepting applications for Inspired By Music grants. Teachers from San Diego County public schools will be able to apply to receive grants supporting music technology; teacher professional development; field trips to musical events, media facilities, or music museums; and other innovative programs.

Application materials will be available on the SDCOE website beginning Feb. 1. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

Grant funding comes from the Inspired By Music concert series at the Music Box concert venue in Little Italy. Concerts focus on new music discovery and up-and-coming artists, with $1 of every ticket sold going to the grant fund.

Want to help support Inspired by Music? Upcoming concerts in the series include:
FREE Student Night Out — Jan. 22
The Great Leap by Cambodian Rock Band playwright and Playwrights Project and UC San Diego alumnus Lauren Yee blends the thrills of high-stakes basketball with the drama of a young man's search for identity in two events that are 18 years apart: China's Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square Protests. The first preview will admit a guest free with valid student ID. Free student tickets for the Jan. 22 show are available at the box office .
Quartet Matching Party
Attention singers and choral directors!
Make plans to attend the first San Diego County Quartet Matching Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, location TBD. This is a new event sponsored by Youth Harmony San Diego. The party is open to all high school students and 7th-8th graders in San Diego County. Check out the event notice below to find out what it's all about.

Come and be connected to other singers who want to experience the essence of close harmony (or come as a member of a quartet you've already formed). ​The event will consist of a three-hour session where students will be taught a barbershop tag (aka coda) then given the opportunity to sing it with various combinations of four students.

Nationally renowned clinicians will listen to determine which voices blend best in harmonious ways. Quartets will also receive coaching from experienced members of the San Diego barbershop community. Individuals can register , or if you have already formed a quartet, register as a group . If you have questions or would like to know more, contact Youth Harmony San Diego.
Cine En Sherman and Humano Film Festival Presents: The Art of Being Human
Outside The Lens teams up with Humano Film Festival Tijuana to bring you a collection of intriguing short films. These films tell the unique stories of life’s challenges, determination and willpower to live authentically, and make the world a better place for all of us. Purchase tickets here.

  • Como Vuelan las Flores by Roberto Salvador. Mexico/Spain
  • Mike’s Words by Jared Jacobsen. United States
  • Vivir by Rex Cordova and Camila Quintallina. Mexico/Canada
  • XY by Sofia Jaeger. Chile
  • Tea by Shokir Kholikov. Uzbekistan
  • Humano by Alan Obregon. Mexico
The Broadway San Diego Awards
Last call for spring show applications! The Broadway San Diego Awards is a high school musical theatre competition with two winners going on to compete at The Jimmy Awards® in New York. The 2020 Broadway San Diego Awards competition will be held in May. Finalists from participating schools will be nominated as Best Actor/Best Actress candidates for their portrayal of leading roles in their high school’s musical theatre production. We will begin the evening with 10 male and 10 female nominees. By the end of the evening, one male champion and one female champion will be selected to represent the 2020 Broadway San Diego Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA), also known as the Jimmy Awards®, in New York in June.

The San Diego winners will join dozens of other finalists from regional competitions across the country for a week-long experience called Camp Broadway, which includes rehearsals, workshops, lectures, and field trip, designed to prepare the students for The Jimmy Awards®, which are presented on Broadway at a Nederlander theatre.
San Diego Storytelling Festival
Held in conjunction with World Storytelling Day, the San Diego Storytelling Festival is regarded as one of the premier festivals in California, and is the only one of its kind that is entirely free to the public. Join us 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 21 for a day of performances and workshops by more than two dozen nationally and internationally known professional storytellers, live music, and an opportunity drawing to support the art of storytelling in local schools. For all ages. Visit the Storytellers of San Diego website.
The Musical Legacy of an African Empire: Kora Music from Senegal
The Center for World Music invites San Diego County educators to join us in celebrating world music. Be our guest 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the La Jolla Community Center to explore traditional African music with Amadou Fall. 

A native of Senegal, West Africa, Amadou Fall comes from a family of musicians. His father, Mamadou Fall, was a guitarist who performed with many well-known Senegalese musicians.

Amadou has been playing the kora for some 20 years. He has performed extensively in Africa, including concerts with West African artists Baba Maal, Fatou Lowbe, Ibrahim Ba, Djembe Rhythm, and Irene Tassembedo. His international tours have included visits to France, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and England, as well as Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has several albums to his credit that were recorded with musicians from around the globe.

The kora is a plucked, 21-string instrument made of fishing line, wood, a calabash gourd, and cowhide. It is the largest and most sophisticated member of a family of West African instruments known as harp lutes.

For a free ticket to this event, contact Jonathan Parker at schools@centerforworldmusic.org. A limited number of free tickets are available for educators.
Tijuana 2019: A FOTO TJ Project
Students took part in a genre study looking at the work of Harry Crosby and created Tijuana 2019 as a photo response that includes a series of images captured in the same places and spaces as Crosby's work. Outside the Lens, in partnership with La Jolla Historical Society present Tijuana 2019, a collection of student work from our FOTO TJ project. FOTO TJ is a journey exploring the sites and sounds of the border, bringing together the creative forces of teens from both San Diego County and Tijuana.

Together we visit human rights, arts and culture, and social benefit organizations working in Tijuana, while capturing the stories of those impacted by their work. Youth had the opportunity to explore, understand, and express their vision of the Baja region through the power of film and photography.
San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival
Join hundreds of students from all grades representing all of San Diego County as we bring the Bard to life across ages, genres, and performance styles.

The 15th Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival will occur April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Balboa Park. Students perform scenes, monologues, dances, musical performances, etc from, based on, and inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.

Scholarship opportunities are available. Free workshops, study guides, and lesson plans are available to all who participate.
Educational Music Programs
Each season, the Classics 4 Kids Orchestra performs 12 STEAM professional orchestra concerts as field-trip events at the historic Balboa Theatre. These 50-minute interactive orchestra concerts are designed for teachers and children in grades PK-6. Each participating class receives a complementary optional docent visit two weeks before, provided by our long-term partners Advocates For Classical Music, accompanied by a free audio CD and detailed lesson plan. Concert content aligns with state standards for pre-K through grade 6. Tickets are $7 per person or $6 for Title 1 schools. 

  • March 5 and 6 — Ferdinand the Bull: Celebrate the literary classic in this musical adaptation of Munro Leaf’s iconic tale. Experience this lovable character and his story promoting peace, self-acceptance, and appreciation of nature, brought to life by the dynamic Malashock Dance.
  • May 14 and 15 — The Silk Road: Join us for an incredible cultural exploration as we journey along the ancient silk road trading route. Students will learn about music from China, India, the Middle East, and Italy for an international experience like no other.
Register online or call 619-231-2311 ext. 101. 
2020 CMEA-SBS Solo and Ensemble Festival Registration Now Open
Registration for the 2020 California Music Education Association Southern Border Section (CMEA-SBS) Solo & Ensemble Festival is now open. This festival provides students with the opportunity to perform either solo or in a small ensemble and receive clinic-style feedback and written evaluation from an experienced adjudicator. Those individuals or ensembles who receive a "superior" rating will be eligible to participate in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held in San Bernardino County in May. The CMEA-SBS Solo & Ensemble Festival is open to students in grades 4-12 in instrumental, voice, and guitar categories. Learn more at the CMEA website.
Free Professional Development Workshops at the La Jolla Playhouse
Three master teaching artists at the La Jolla Playhouse will facilitate workshops on working with students with disabilities in the classroom. These workshops are geared towards VAPA teachers, teaching artists, and classroom teachers. Sign up for the whole day, or come for part of the day.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at La Jolla Playhouse Play Development Center Rehearsal Hall, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. The workshop is free, and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be signage to guide you to the Play Development Center.  
NEA Big Read: Read Imagine Create
The National Education Association’s Read Imagine Create campaign provides opportunities for middle and high school students to read A Small Story About the Sky by Alberto Rios and create a personal response (literary, media, performance, or visual art) to one or more of the poems. Many entries will be presented at events and libraries throughout the county in April. Cash prizes are also awarded. Poetry workshops and copies of the book will be available. Many teachers have all of their students participate, but individual students are welcome. Visit the Read Imagine Create website for study guides, lesson plans, submission guidelines, author info, etc. Entry deadline is Feb. 13.
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Competitions begin at the classroom or school level. Winners at each participating school advance to the San Diego County regional Poetry Out Loud competition on Feb. 4. The San Diego County winner competes in Sacramento at the state finals and the winner in Sacramento advances to the national competition in Washington D.C. Last year, a San Diego County student was among the top finalists in Sacramento. Write Out Loud offers workshops for teachers as well as for students to help them select, understand, and recite their poems. Teachers can begin by conducting competitions with only a handful of students, an entire class, or an entire school. This program is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and recitation of poetry, not writing original poetry — though that is often a result of students becoming more involved in published poems.
Blindspot Collective
Blindspot Collective , a local theatre company, is bringing San Diego County public schools unique plays that cultivate a positive school climate. Programs include pre-show workshops and a student-appropriate show brought right to school campuses.
Safa's Story  is touring elementary and middle schools Feb. 18 to March 6. Designed to create dialogue about cultural sensitivity and accepting difference, the show is a rare type of interactive performance that empowers students to stand up for themselves and their peers.

Untold  is touring high schools April 27 to May 8. This gripping play weaves music, movement, and the exact words and stories of real people to explore the mental health crisis in America, where it's estimated that one in four people will struggle with mental illness during their lifetime. 
If you have any questions or comments about Arts in Action , plea se contact Pauline Crooks .
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