For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the Escondido Union School District present: 4th Annual smART Festival

Escondido, California — :

Student Art Takes the Spotlight at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido this April!

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the Escondido Union School District present:

4th Annual smART Festival
Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm


On Saturday, April 9, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the Escondido Union School District will hold their 4th annual smART Festival from10:00am – 2:00pm at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

For one day each year, the Center for the Arts, Escondido dedicates its museum and outside lawn to the celebration of youth in the local community; utilizing the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Escondido Union School District to bring arts education to youth in schools. This innovative annual community festival highlights the accomplishments of this partnership.

Students from all 23 Escondido Union schools will have artwork on display, and 13 performances will take place during the 2016 smART Festival. Two-dimensional artwork will be on display both outside in festival booths and on the walls of the Center’s museum.  The museum will also house three-dimensional artwork and the My Story 5th grade photographic art exhibit.  Youth dance, music, and theater performances will take place on a main stage on the Great Green.  Students from the Center’s My Story 4th grade theater program will perform in the Center Theater during the festival. The festival will conclude with a performance by Mainly Mozart’s Youth Orchestra at 3:00pm in the Center Theater.

smART festival and My Story sponsors include the California Arts Council, County of San Diego, Escondido Charitable Foundation, Escondido Shines, Mainly Mozart, McBeth Foundation, and San Diego County Credit Union.

 The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the San Diego County Art Education Association Present:

The 3rd Annual Groff Exhibition
Tuesday, April 12 – Sunday, May 1, 2016
Special Educators’ Reception
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm


The 2016 Groff Exhibition: A Juried Exhibition of the Finest High School Art in San Diego County is an annual exhibition of works created by students in high school visual art programs throughout San Diego County.

2016 marks the 3rd Annual Groff Exhibition, which is produced by the San Diego County Art Education Association (SDCAEA) in collaboration with California Center of the Arts, Escondido and the San Diego County Office of Education.  The exhibition, named after the late artist and educator Bruce Groff, is designed as the preeminent local presentation of high school art in the community.

To give high school student artists’ real-world experience, the Groff Exhibition strives to emulate the authentic processes and perspectives that shape the professional art world in San Diego County.  In an effort to model that, this exhibition is juried by a three-person panel, each representing an influential perspective in the qualitative judgment of visual art in our community.  This year’s jury panel includes Joey Herring, Assistant Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts; Marguerite V. Hodge, Doctoral Student in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego; and Ariel Samuel Plotek, Ph.D, Associate Curator of Modern Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.

The exhibition offers cash awards presented to students at a special Closing Awards Reception, open to the public, on Sunday, May 1st from 1-2:30 pm at the museum.

In addition to showcasing the talent and creative achievement of these young artists, the exhibition also serves as a professional development project for visual arts educators in accordance with SDCAEA’s mission to serve the visual arts education community throughout San Diego County.  Educators are invited to a special Educators’ and Jurors’ Reception on Thursday, April 21st from 6-8 pm that features a gallery walk, drinks and hors d’oeuvres and networking opportunities.  It is also a chance to share best practices in the visual arts classroom in order to continually improve visual arts education in our community. Educators who would like to attend this special reception should RSVP at

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will host the exhibition in their museum located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido, California, 92025.  The exhibition will be on view from April 12 through May 1, 2016.  Gallery hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday.  The gallery will be closed April 22-24.

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About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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