CSU San Marcos -- November 5, 2003
State San Marcos Creates Center to Restore Arts Education in Area Schools
Since the late 1970s, an entire generation of Californian’s has
been denied a comprehensive arts education in public schools. According
to San Diego County figures, less than 7 percent of elementary students
have a music teacher, fewer than 1 percent have a visual arts teacher,
and only 0.1 percent have a dance and/or drama teacher.
In response to the continuing decline of arts education in the region’s
public schools, Cal State San Marcos has established Center ARTES (Art,
Research, Teaching, Education, Schools), under the leadership of Merryl
Goldberg, a professor of music and a highly respected expert on arts
“We can’t allow another generation of students to be denied
a full education,” said Goldberg. “And that education includes
The mission of Center ARTES is to restore arts education in local public
schools through partnerships with arts agencies and organizations, artists
and local school districts. “The goal,” says Goldberg, “is
to bring the arts back into the classroom both as a subject and as a
teaching tool for other subjects.” Research will also be conducted
on ARTES programs to make sure they are most effective and to build
a quantitative database regarding the impact of arts education on student
Also, as part of the university, Center ARTES will provide instruction
in arts education curriculum development to credential students in both
the Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences.
The formation of the center was officially approved by the university’s
faculty senate late this summer, and private funds have been secured
to hire a development officer, Kathy Farmer, who will help Goldberg
secure private and foundation support for the center.
More than 10 years ago, Goldberg was asked by the California Center
for the Arts, Escondido (the Center), to develop a program that could
become a national model for arts education and at the same time meet
the needs of local teachers and children. The program she developed
was SUAVE, which partners Cal State San Marcos with the Center and K-12
schools throughout North County. The program matches professional artists,
or art coaches, with teachers to help them implement arts education,
both as a core curriculum and as a vehicle for teaching other subjects.
Recently, the Center announced that SUAVE had received a grant of more
than $340,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. In the past, Goldberg
has received SUAVE grants from the Spencer, John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur, and Fulbright-Hays Foundations.
Through Center ARTES, explained Goldberg, the university will be able
to deepen its support of SUAVE and seek additional ways to help teachers
implement an arts curriculum in their classrooms.
Goldberg received a bachelor’s in music education from the New
England Conservatory of Music and both a master’s and doctoral
degree in education from Harvard University. As a professional saxophonist
and recording artist, Goldberg spent 13 years with the Klezmer Conservatory
Band and has released more than a dozen CDs.
Goldberg has also written two books related to the implementation of
the program: Arts and Learning: An Integrated Approach to Teaching and
Learning in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings (2001, second edition,
Addison Wesley Longman) and Teaching English Language Learners through
the Arts: A SUAVE Experience (2004, Allyn and Bacon).
The founding board for Center ARTES includes Goldberg; community members
Ruth Mangrum, Rosita Botto-Hieb, and Jan O'Hara; Greg Evans, creator
of the Luann comic strip; John Santuccio, executive director of the
San Diego Chamber Orchestra; Lydia Vogt, principal of Lilac Elementary
in Valley Center; university faculty members Bonnie Biggs, Fran Chadwick,
and Laura Wendling; Pat Worden, dean of graduate studies and associate
vice president for research; and Jamie Nelson, university development
More information about Center ARTES contact Farmer at 760/750-4431 or
Goldberg at 760/750-4322.
Contact: Paige Jennings