Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- February 20, 2004
Cal Poly Establishes Central Coast Center for Arts
Kindergarteners through high school students on the Central Coast will
soon benefit from enhanced instruction in art education, thanks to the
establishment of Cal Poly’s Central Coast Center for Arts Education
Approved recently by President Warren J. Baker, the center’s primary
function is to provide supplemental professional-development instruction
in the four art disciplines -- dance, theater, music and visual arts
-- to elementary and secondary schoolteachers.
The center will also provide opportunities for Cal Poly pre-service
and credential-track students to attend professional art workshops that
address California’s visual and performing arts content standards
for kindergarten through high school.
The center formalizes the ongoing work being done by faculty members
in Cal Poly’s Liberal Studies Department, who in the last three
years received nearly $500,000 in grants to oversee arts education programs
in the county.
“The outreach programs, supported by grants from the California
Arts Council, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the California Postsecondary
Education Commission, among others, have helped increase arts education
in San Luis Obispo County schools exponentially,” according to
Liberal Studies Department Chair Susan Duffy.
“The need for more professional-development locations on the Central
Coast, where teachers, artists and art educators can come together for
education and discussion in and of the arts, is critical,” said
Duffy. “While we have been working to meet the need for professional
development through projects supported by grants and outside funding,
the new center allows us to formally establish Cal Poly as a leader
in this educational area.”
Center-supported activities will include summer workshops and institutes
and workshops at school sites when requested.
“The mission of the CCCAE is to provide professional development
for teachers and other educators in comprehensive arts education and
to initiate and promote innovative practices through collaborative interdisciplinary
research and education,” Duffy said.
Invitations to serve on the center’s board of directors and its
advisory board are expected to be sent out soon to educators, artists,
administrators and arts activists in San Luis Obispo County.
Contact: Susan Duffy (805) 756-2327