Arts + STEM Collaborative for 21st Century Learning

A tri-county partnership between Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties

The Arts + STEM Collaborative was established in 2013 to provide arts, STEM and education leaders throughout Southern California with the opportunity to share best practices and identify areas of convergence. Established thanks to funding from The Boeing Company, the Collaborative's vision is to advance high quality Arts + STEM education so that students will be prepared to drive the innovative workforce of the future.

Arts + STEM is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the processes and content knowledge of the arts, science, technology, engineering and math, through project-based learning. The rollout of the new California Standards makes this regional effort timely as school districts reimagine ways to prepare students for a rapidly changing and globally connected world.

 The Collaborative has established three goals:   

    1. Identify high quality models throughout the region.
    2. Define attributes of optimal Arts + STEM learning environments.
    3. Collaboratively develop, implement and support Arts + STEM programming, including conferences and symposiums, region wide.

Coordinated by Arts for All, the Orange County Department of Education, and STEAM Connect,
representatives from government, higher education, business and non-profit entities are all participating. The Collaborative is led by:

                        California                                                                                       Contact Pat Wayne
                                      CREATE CA                                                                                                 

                        Los Angeles County                                                                       Contact Karla Duarte

Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Arts for All
                                      Los Angeles County Office of Education
                                      Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce                                           

                        Orange County                                                                               Contact Steve Venz
                                     Orange County Department of Education, Arts Advantage
                                     OC STEM                                                                                                    
                        San Diego County                                                                           Contact Kim Richards

                                     San Diego County Office of Education, Arts Empower
                                     STEAM Connect
                                     San Diego STEM Collaboratory                                                              


Are you interested in helping build tools for supporting Arts + STEM instruction? If so, we invite you to join us for a work session in November. Check out our events page for more information.

Want to learn more? Interested in collaborating? Sign up to receive updates on the progress of the initiative and to hear about upcoming events.

Would your company or foundation like to support the Arts + STEM Collaborative? Please contact Tom McKenzie to discuss how to get involved.




Major funding provided by: