Arts Education


Educational Services Update – November 2022

The Educational Services department has been busy for the past month. We have been supporting quite a few schools and districts with professional learning opportunities, …

Photo montage showing kids learning the arts

Arts Plan for Equity 2022-2027 Released

The Santa Cruz COE is proud to announce the release of the Arts Plan for Equity 2022-2027, a 5-year road map for arts education in …

Students Paint Murals at the COE to Promote Ocean Care

Youth Artist Taking Action painted both a mural and storm drain at the County Office of Education. Students met to discuss what and where they …

students on runway wearing art fashion

FashionTeens 2020 Virtually

Due to Covid 19 and the continuing Shelter In Place order, FashionTeens is being presented virtually this year.

conductor leads orchestra

The Orchestra Sings

In collaboration with the Santa Cruz Symphony, for the third year, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education supported approximately 3800 students in participating in this year’s Link Up program.

Maestro Daniel Stewart talking to students about being the conductor of the Symphony

Almost 4000 4th and 5th Grade Students Participate in Link Up Youth Concerts

Almost 4000 4th and 5th grade students attended this year’s Santa Cruz Symphony and Carnegie Hall Link Up Youth Concert at the Mello Center and Civic Auditorium.

three students celebrating at book store

Poetry Out Loud 2019

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has a strong partnership with the Arts Council Santa Cruz to bring the national Poetry Out Loud competition to our county.

students in band uniforms line stage with drums

Carnegie Hall Link Up Music Education Program Transforms Elementary Students’ Lives

It was a cold, clear February morning, as we walked into the Kaiser Permanente Arena and beheld the Santa Cruz Symphony and Youth Symphony.

smiling adults and students with name tags at book store

The SCCOE Takes On Poetry Out Loud: A National Recitation Competition

On Thursday, February 1, high school student finalists from the county competed in the Poetry Out Loud competition at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

five piece jazz band on stage

International Jazz Week in Santa Cruz County Schools

This year, Prince H. Lawsha, percussionist and singer, performed for several of our county’s schools.

students in red shirts in various poses

Dance Around the World

“Through arts in education, students develop the creative thinking and problem solving skills that are crucial to successful life and work in the 21st century.”

educators working on large art canvases on the ground together

Learning by Doing: The 2015 Summer Arts Institute

“I have had so much fun. It was one of the most rejuvenating, professional learning experiences I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with my students and staff.”