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Feb. 24, 2020
One of my personal goals, as well as a goal at Arts Empower San Diego, is to foster meaningful partnerships between educational entities and community stakeholders. Partnerships can take many forms and come with many benefits to all involved. Arts Empower recently launched the Ovation Awards to recognize students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and arts education organizations working to ensure every student in San Diego County is engaged in a personally relevant, equitable, standards-based arts education. The first event will honor recipients in Region 5 — which includes Bonsall, Borrego Springs Unified, Carlsbad Unified, Fallbrook Union, Fallbrook Union High, Oceanside Unified, San Marcos Unified, Vallecitos, Valley Center-Pauma Unified, Vista Unified, and Warner Unified — on Feb. 27. A second event will honor recipients in Region 4 — which includes San Diego Unified — on Mar. 25, and a third event will honor recipients in Region 1 — which includes Chula Vista Elementary, Coronado Unified, National City, San Ysidro, South Bay Union, and Sweetwater Union High — on April 22.  

A second example of a partnership is the Inspired By Music grant program. The San Diego County Office of Education, 91X, the Music Box, and Green Flash Brewing Company are now accepting applications for Inspired By Music grants. Teachers from San Diego County schools are invited 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. 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.

Do you have an example of a partnership you’d like to share with others across San Diego County? Please email me or use Twitter to connect with me and others passionate about arts education during our chats each 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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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.

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.

Building Culture Through the Arts
Theatre teaching artist Wilfred Paloma will share a drama lesson that bridges two or more cultures together to expand student knowledge of both the art form and the cultures.
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New Arts Curriculum Framework Update

Reminder: The Draft Arts Framework is Available for Public Review
The draft Arts Framework is available for a second round of public review and comment. Please visit the Arts Framework web page to access the revised chapters. Submit comments to Vapa@cde.ca.gov.

Comments may be submitted in any format. However, it is highly recommended that comments include the chapter, page, and line number(s) of the text as it is currently written in the draft, and the exact language of the suggested change. The deadline to submit public comment for the second public review is March 30.

California Arts Standards Webinar Series
The California Department of Education, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, and The California Arts Project will present a six-part webinar series on the newly adopted 2019 California Arts Standards. These webinars feature county office of education arts leads and The California Arts Project teacher leaders addressing what’s new and challenging in the disciplines and providing examples of the new standards in action. To register for the remaining five webinars, click on the link under each webinar date. Please share this information with your networks. If you have any questions, contact Diane Crum at dcrum@cde.ca.gov.

Webinar 2: Theatre
Feb. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinar 3: Dance
March 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Webinar 4: Media Arts
March 11 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinar 5: Music
April 1 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinar 6: Visual Arts
April 29 from 3 to 4 p.m.
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Arts Academy
Since 1999, La Jolla Playhouse and the SDCOE’s Visual and Performing Arts department have been recognized as a Partners-In-Education site as certified by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Currently, La Jolla Playhouse is conducting the Arts Academy program exclusively at Finney Elementary, Palomar Elementary, and Harborside Elementary in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, serving all students, grades, and teachers. Each teacher spends 10 weeks developing text-based arts integration curriculum and co-teaching with La Jolla Playhouse teaching artists. During this period, the teachers use theatre strategies to activate student learning in subject areas such as science, language arts, and history. By the end of this program, teachers develop the confidence and tools to continue using arts integration in future classes, thus making exponential impact on students for years to come. Learn more about this exciting partnership.
2020 Congressional Art Competition 
All high school students in California’s 51st Congressional District can participate in this Congressional Art Competition. The first-place winner will have artwork displayed in the U.S Capitol throughout the year.

Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated throughout the nation.

This year, Congressman Juan Vargas’ office has selected a theme for the competition. The theme is Unsung Heroes of the CA 51st District, which includes southern San Diego County and Imperial County.

The deadline for submitting work is April 24. Only one submission is allowed per student. If you have any questions and need further assistance, contact Karla Langham at Karla.Langham@mail.house.gov or Vargas’ office at 619-422-5963.
Timken Open House for Educators
Participate in this open house at the Timken Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 29 for a free professional development program that will strengthen your knowledge of art history and provide you with creative ideas to integrate visual art into classroom teaching.

2020 is the year of the woman and all of the evening’s activities will be focused on women. You will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition Captivating Women from the Dijkstra Collection, hear talks on works in the Timken's permanent collection, receive lesson plans, and participate in hands-on learning experiences.

Attendees will have a chance to network with other educators over wine and light appetizers, and receive free bus transportation to the Timken for their classrooms. In addition, 25 teachers from the San Diego Unified School District will be able to apply to have a professional teaching artist come to their classroom to teach a free art class (all supplies included).

To register, email vweller@timkenmuseum.org or call 619-239-5548 ext. 109. Space is limited.
¡TU CINE! 2020
Free screenings curated for middle school and high school students are available March 17-20 as part of the 27th San Diego Latino Film Festival. Each film is entertaining, enlightening, and educational, encouraging dialogue among students and educators. Discussion guides are provided to educators. 
The Regional Music of Mexico
The Center for World Music invites San Diego educators to join a celebration of world music March 21 at 7 p.m. at the La Jolla Community Center to explore three Mexican regional musical traditions with Hermanos Herrera.

Hermanos Herrera is a family group consisting of five brothers and their younger sister. They play various styles of traditional Mexican music including son huasteco, son jarocho, and música norteña. The group performs with an energetic style that is both passionate and exhilarating.

For more details about the concert, visit the Center for World Music website.

For a free ticket to this concert, please contact Jonathan Parker at schools@centerforworldmusic.org. A limited number of free tickets are available for educators.
Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards & Student Film Festiva
Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards & Student Film Festival is a K-12 student video competition and festival conceived to encourage and reward teachers who utilize video as a project-based learning tool in their classroom and students who use film and visual literacy to demonstrate their understanding of classroom concepts. 

Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major video competition. In 2018, there were 400 video submissions from 120 teachers, 73 schools, 23 districts and a handful of private schools, involving approximately 3,000 students. Submitted videos are judged by media professionals and educators.

Entry is free for submissions before March 27 and $5 for submissions between March 28 and the April 17 deadline.
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.
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 Fifteenth Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival is 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 complimentary 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. 
Celebrate Will Eisner Week at the Comic-Con Museum March 1
Join some of the brightest lights in contemporary cartooning for Comic-Con Museum Celebrates Will Eisner, a day-long salute honoring the pioneering cartoonist and educator on March 1 at the Comic-Con Museum, presented by Comic-Con International and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Meet comics superstars Henry Barajas, Cecil Castellucci, Mary Fleener, Kate Leth, and Victoria Ying, get acquainted with San Diego area comics teachers and learn about the newest trends in teaching comics, and get an insider's look at Will Eisner himself from the people who knew him well. This event is free, and includes tickets to win special Will Eisner-themed items.
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 performed on 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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