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Art Empower Mega Conference September 14 to 15
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Arts Empower San Diego brings together arts educators, arts education advocates, and district and school decision-makers to ensure every San Diego County student receives a high-quality arts education.

The arts are a critical piece of a well-rounded education for all children to discover the best versions of themselves and become global citizens who are ready for their future.

Take the next step to make arts education a priority in your district or local educational agency with a strategic arts education plan. Contact pauline.crooks@sdcoe.net to learn more and get started.  

Arts Empower Mega Conference

The Arts Empower Mega Conference is back and reimagined! Join educators, artists, and leaders on Sept. 14 and 15 to network and learn about effective, relevant, and engaging student learning practices. The event kicks off Sept. 14 with a virtual welcome, keynote, and a learning session. Sept. 15 begins virtually in the morning and shifts to in-person events at regional hubs in the late afternoon and evening.  This year's conference is designed with you in mind, and making networking and learning possible even with increased demands on your time and energy. The arts matter, and this annual gathering shows our arts educators that they are important to our school systems and our students' current and future wellbeing. 

View sessions by location here.

Register now for general registration or college students.

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About Arts Empower

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
  • Connecting professional learning providers with districts, teachers, and teaching artists
  • 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 interested parties
  • Connecting professional learning providers with districts, teachers, and teaching artists
  • Measuring access to equitable arts education

Connect with Arts Empower on Twitter by using the tag @ArtsEmpowerSD with your success stories and use the hashtags #ArtsEmpowerSD and #theartsmatter

Please share how the arts have positively impacted your life or empowered you. Send your responses using this form or mention @ArtsEmpowerSD and #ArtsEmpowerSD on Twitter.


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Pauline Crooks

Coordinator, Instr & Curr Cont
Linda Vista Campus