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Arts Empower Conference

The 2024 Arts Empower San Diego Mega Conference will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Marina Village Conference Center.

You’re invited to celebrate our journey as arts educators and leaders, sharing our stories and best practices in excellence and innovation. Participate in dynamic breakout sessions covering a spectrum of arts education disciplines, equity principles, elevating student voices, and championing arts advocacy in education. Take back effective approaches to optimizing arts funding, co-creating a sense of belonging, and expanding access to enriching arts education opportunities to build a brighter, artful future for our students. 

Registration opens Aug. 1.

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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

Shelby Arnett

Administrative Assistant I
Linda Vista Campus