ArtsBusXpress Fundraiser, Jan 27th, 2013
ArtsBusXpress, a San Diego based non-profit has announced the first fundraiser for 2013! Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum will be giving will be giving an art lecture titled "AN INTRODUCTION TO CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISM".
AN INTRODUCTION TO CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISM is an hour long slide illustrated lecture that examines the principal painters of the California Impressionist Style (1890-1925). The lecture is presented on two, side-by-side projectors and comprises approximately 160 color slides.
Mr. Stern presents an enjoyable narrative of this period of American Impressionism and discusses about 25 of the leading painters of the period. These artists include Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971), George K. Brandriff (1890-1936), Maurice Braun (1877-1941), Benjamin C. Brown (1865-1942), Alson S. Clark (1876-1949), Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937), Armin C. Hansen (1886-1957), Sam Hyde Harris (1889-1977), Anna Hills (1882-1930), William Lees Judson (1842-1928), Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931), Alfred R. Mitchell (1888-1972), Edgar Payne (1883-1947), Elsie Palmer Payne (1884-1971), Hanson D. Puthuff (1875-1972), Granville Redmond (1871-1935), Guy Rose (1867-1926), Donna Schuster (1883-1953), Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949), Elmer Wachtel (1864-1929), Marion Kavanagh Wachtel (1876-1954), and William Wendt (1865-1946) as well as several others.
The lecture features archival photographs of each artist and shows between three and five examples of each of their works. At the end, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to the lecture.
All donations will go to the ArtsBusXpress to provide bus grants to help teachers.
We’ll hope you’ll join us January 27th, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Art Expressions Gallery!
2645 Financial Court
San Diego, CA 92117
To RSVP please email us at
. We look forward to seeing you at the event!
NEW INITIATIVE AIMS TO PROVIDE ARTS EDUCATION TO EVERY STUDENT IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Arts Empower San Diego brings together schools, nonprofits, artists and businesses to identify & fill holes in arts education
SAN DIEGO, California (November 14, 2012) –Educators, artists, philanthropists and business leaders gathered tonight for the launch of Arts Empower San Diego, a new initiative poised to give school districts the access to strategic planning, professional development and the array of other tools necessary to facilitate arts experiences for all students every day. At its core, Arts Empower is about helping school districts think about their arts program, figure out what they have and where they want to expand, and what resources are available to sustain/expand high-quality arts education programs.
Arts Empower is the culmination of a year-long, county-wide planning effort developed to provide every student in San Diego County public schools with a well-rounded education that includes the arts. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), The San Diego Foundation, Young Audiences, The California Arts Project and numerous other education, community and business stakeholders.
“Visual and performing arts can have a profound impact on students in other curricular areas, and in the rest of their life,” said County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward. “Arts Empower San Diego will help school districts take advantage of the benefits of arts education by incorporating arts into everything else they’re doing to give students the tools to think critically and creatively in a 21st century global economy.”
Arts education has suffered as education budgets have gotten smaller and schools have been forced to shift resources to maintain other programs. In California, arts education is mandated, yet only 11% of public schools are meeting state goals for arts instruction.
Bob Kelly, President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, congratulated the members of the Arts Empower San Diego collaborative. “The very idea of engaging each of San Diego County’s 42 school districts in arts education planning is bold and audacious. But, a bold and audacious spirit is exactly what is needed to ensure that every child, in every classroom, in every school, receives a well-rounded education inclusive of the arts.”
With leadership from the San Diego County Office of Education, participating districts will be provided coaches trained in strategic planning for the writing of arts plans as well as assistance in implementing them. SDCOE will offer professional development to district administrators, teachers, art partners and parents in conjunction with The California Arts Project and Arts Education Resource Organization San Diego.
“These efforts will be in vain if the plans merely sit on the shelf,” noted Ward. “That’s why the County Office of Education is committing resources to make Arts Empower sustainable. We believe, and our partner organizations believe, this is a worthwhile investment in the county’s 500,000 public school students.”
SDCOE will assist in evaluating arts program effectiveness, and will partner with other Arts Empower agencies to advocate for resources to support the strategic plans. Districts, working closely with local, state and national stakeholders, must commit to an ongoing process of teacher recruitment and retention while maintaining existing
funding and acquiring new sources of revenue.
About the San Diego County Office of Education
The San Diego County Office of Education provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts and five community college districts in the county. We support 747 schools and 497,916 students. In addition, the Office provides regional services for surrounding counties in many areas. Services provided by the County Office to school districts range from district and school improvement to budget approval and monitoring. The mission of the San Diego County Office of Education, as a world-class educational leader and trusted partner, is to transform public education and guarantee high levels of student achievement.
Science Festival Returns
by: Dan Bennett for the North County Times
It's time to get excited about science.
That's the theme of the third annual San Diego Science Festival, happening March 19 through 26 at various locations throughout the county, and culminating March 26 in Expo Day at Petco Park.
The festival will feature events at Balboa Park, San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and private businesses and schools.
More than 75,000 people will participate.
Kicking off the festival will be Science Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at Balboa Park.
Twenty Balboa Park institutions will offer science-themed activities during that four-hour period, and children 17 and younger will get free museum admission.
This year's Science Festival theme for the largest celebration of science on the West Coast is "Excite Your Mind."
The idea is to encourage youths in San Diego County to investigate interactive science exhibits and activities, and get them considering careers in science, engineering, math and technology.
The event is organized by UC San Diego and hundreds of community collaborators, and most events are free.
"This year we're offering a variety of festival events and hands-on activities that were not seen last year," said Mary Jo Ball, managing director of the San Diego Science Festival. "For example, the Science of Sports event, taking place at the San Diego Hall of Champions, is exploring the science of action sports ---- surf, wake, snow, skate ---- with on-site demonstrations and interactive opportunities including a wave machine and skateboard ramp."
At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, Ball said, audiences will preview the new IMAX film "Tornado Alley," and meet one of the storm-chasing meteorologists on March 19.
At Expo Day, students will have a chance to speak with either an engineer or scientist, and get to better understand what it takes to do their jobs.
Also new at Expo Day this year is the Preschool Science Zone for the youngest scientists, filled with specially chosen, pint-size activities for kids age 5 and younger, Ball said.
There will also be four stage performances by Sid the Science Kid.
The festival draws new visitors each year.
"We found that many people who attended the second year were first-timers," Ball said. "We put considerable effort into helping everyone who wants to attend the festival have the opportunity to do so."
Cal SOAP and Arts Bus Xpress have underwritten the cost of Coaster, trolley or bus passes for students, teachers and chaperones attending Expo Day, which will feature more than 135 exhibits and stage performances.
Collaboration among different institutions is vital to the cause.
"The overarching goal is to serve as a rallying point for the community of San Diego," Ball said. "We want to make sure that all sciences represented in San Diego are represented at the Science Festival. This is a gathering point for anyone that cares about science and engineering in our region. It's important to have respected institutions involved in the festival because we want San Diego to be known for the amazing science and engineering institutions that are doing great work every day in our very own backyard."
With that collaborative enthusiasm, arrives the excitement among students.
"Getting kids excited about science, engineering, technology, and mathematics is the main goal that influences everything we do," Ball said. "We want to show kids that careers in these fields are not only possible for them, but rewarding and awe-inspiring. What makes the festival different from the traditional hands-on approach to informal science education is our ability to have industry professionals on site."
The future appears wide open for the festival.
Continued expansion and innovative ways to showcase the world of science is the plan to move the expo into the future, Ball said.
"One of our goals for the near future is to continue to expand the variety of science disciplines represented at our events," she said. "We want to offer a complete picture of what it means to be a scientist. There are so many branches of the science tree, and we look forward to representing them all. We want to continue our involvement and relationship with K-12 schools to get more kids and their parents interested and involved in the science community."
Patricia Smith wins Bank of America "Local Hero" Award
On October 28th, 2009, Bank of America honored Patricia (Patty) Smith, Founder and Board Member of ArtsBusXpress, with a "Local Hero" Award. Patty was selected out of over 100 nominees for being a champion for causes in her community and inspiring others to get involved.
The Awards ceremony was held at San Diego's New Children's Museum where Patty was given a $5,000 contribution to ArtsBusXpress. Patty graciously accepted the award on behalf of all the children, families, teachers, board members and supporters of ArtsBusXpress. Thank you Bank of America!!!
Mission Bay High School Students Take “A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts” to View Beatles Exhibit at Mesa College and See Their Art on Display in Commercial Gallery
When I’m 64”…A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts – Benefiting ArtsBusXpressArt Expressions Gallery, 2645 Financial Court, Suite C, San Diego 92117.
February 25, 2006.
San Diego, CA – On Thursday, February 23, art students in Marion Palmieri’s class at Mission Bay High School will board a bus underwritten by ArtsBusXpress for a trip to Mesa College to view the Beatles exhibit. Then they’ll head to Art Expressions Gallery to view their own art, professionally framed and hanging in the Gallery, ready for sale as part of a fundraising event for ArtsBusXpress Saturday, February 25. Students will arrive at Mesa College around 9:35 AM, tour the college gallery, and then head to Art Expressions Gallery for arrival at 11:30 AM.
As part of a class project, these students were asked to paint replicas of Beatles Album covers to tie into the theme of the fundraising event, When I’m 64”…A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts. The event celebrates the 64th birthdays of Beatles’ singer Paul McCartney and ArtsBusXpress Founder Patty Smith at Art Expressions Gallery on Saturday, February 25, 2006, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Coincidentally, another class of Mission Bay High School students created the ArtsBusXpress website under the direction of teacher Gail Lake, now with the Multimedia and Visual Arts School at Crawford Educational Complex.
When I’m 64”…A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts invites people to enjoy culinary delights, fabulous drinks and rock the night away to Beatles’ tunes. Tickets are $64 per person and proceeds benefit ArtsBusXpress, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that gives San Diego children a “Magical Mystery Tour” to the arts. The night will also include a karaoke contest, Beatles trivia contest, a live art auction of original Beatles-themed art by artists Robin Hall, Ros Hill, Louis Mason, and Stacy Smith, and the sale of original student Beatles album cover art created by the Mission Bay High School students.
ArtsBusXpressToday’s Children * Tomorrow’s Culture
9974 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, #31
San Diego, CA 92131
ArtsBusXpress became a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 2005, but operated since 2002 as the arts and education program of the San Diego-Tijuana Sister Cities Society. The program underwrites fieldtrip transportation – the “missing link” in a two-way street connecting San Diego school children with arts-rich learning opportunities throughout the region. ArtsBusXpress bus grants enable teachers to expand classroom resources and give children unforgettable experiences in music, theatre, dance, art galleries and museums. Since the first bus was launched in October 2002, 23,000 students in more than 130 San Diego schools have been offered A Ride to the Arts!