Educational field trips boost students' lifelong success. Students have better grades, are more likely to graduate from high school and college, and earn higher incomes. Learn more

Partnership 1:  Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts and ArtsBusXpress are pleased to announce the MOPA/ABX Field Study Experience  with “Free” bus transportation to programs focused on visual literacy. Funding for this program is provided through the Museum of Photographic Arts.  Teachers say: "I'm deeply grateful for their exemplary opportunity with MOPA."  Students agree: "I learned that art is not only paint and stuff like that." Teachers: Schedule your free bus trip to MOPA today!

Partnership 2:  The San Diego History Center

Wow! We really do appreciate how ArtsBusXpress partnered up with the San Diego History Museum to make this trip possible for us. It was refreshing to see, listen, touch, and feel what it was like to be transported back in time to the early settlers in San Diego. ~ Foster Elementary School

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Partnership 3:  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) in downtown San Diego and ArtsBusXpress are pleased to announce a collaboration to fund free field trips for our San Diego County students. Students will visit the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) that serves a diverse audience through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art created since 1950 to the present, and the future.
Teachers: Click here for more information about the MCASD Educational programs!


The Bodhi Tree Concerts Presents

 Erving Flores Latin Jazz Featuring Gilbert Castellanos and a special appearance by Mariachi Chula Vista

When: May 31, 2015 

Where: at the Pacific Beach United Methodist Church located at 1561 Thomas Avenue in San Diego. 

4:00 pm Irving Flores Latin Jazz

3:30 pm Mariachi Chula Vista

Pianist, composer and arranger Irving Flores joins trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos for an afternoon of Latin Jazz. 

Mariachi Chula Vista was created as a rigorous course of study in the school of Creative and Performing Arts at Chula Vista High School. The group has perfomed throughout San Diego County and in Rosarito, Mexico.

November 21, 2014 to December 31, 2015
drseussDr. Seuss, Seuss, Theordor Geisel, UCSD, La Jolla
The highly popular traveling Dr. Seuss exhibition will include signature elements for the Balboa Park Centennial, emphasizing San Diego as the renowned author’s home and Theodor Geisel as the world’s most celebrated children’s author and an innovator.

The exhibition will be lively and whimsical, using state-of-the-art technology and engaging visitors in exploratory and immersive experiences. The exhibition will feature rare early works, ephemera, illustration, and editorial cartoons, as well as two newly released Geisel illustrations.

The Seuss-land gallery will feature giant bronze Seuss character sculptures, anchoring interactive family activities that emphasize the important themes and innovative nature of Seuss books.


Arts Empower San Diego brings together schools, nonprofits, artists and businesses to value arts education: Music, Visual & Media Arts, Theater, and Dance.

SAN DIEGO, California (Fall of 2015) –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
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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."