San Diego arts education received a boost this month with a $30,000 grant from The Boeing Company.
San Diego Arts Empower, a coalition of 30 art education stakeholders, will use the grant to provide professional learning opportunities for some district educators and advocate for the arts throughout the county.
"We are very grateful to The Boeing Company for supporting arts education in San Diego County," said Pauline Crooks, visual and performing arts coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education, which facilitates San Diego Arts Empower.
"This grant will advance school district goals and equip our teachers to successfully grow and inspire students for the 21st century workforce," she said.
The SDCOE Visual and Performing Arts unit has been working with districts to prepare and complete strategic arts education plans. A portion of the grant will be used to design and deliver trainings and workshops based on those district plan objectives.
The districts with board-approved strategic arts education plans include Chula Vista, Coronado, San Marcos, San Pasqual, and Vista. The County Office's Juvenile Court and Community Schools has a strategic plan underway, and Oceanside, Sweetwater, and San Diego school districts will begin the strategic plan process this month. There is a waiting list for school districts to create and complete a visual and performing arts strategic plan.
This is the largest grant from The Boeing Company awarded to San Diego Arts Empower since first receiving its support in 2013. The Boeing Company invests in arts education to support the next generation of creative, innovative scientists and engineers.