artsconnect:
an arts integrated curriculum program

The signature school program of Studio ACE is ArtsConnect, a K-8 school program that integrates the arts with Common Core subjects. This student program employs Visual and Performing Arts Standards, the Elements and Principles of Art and the connection to Art History for each lesson. 

The primary focus of ArtsConnect is to supplement a sorely underfunded education system by offering schools in the Oceanside Unified School District an arts education program. Using an arts-integrated curriculum program that works in tandem with teachers and administration, students are given a different way to connect through Visual Arts, Music, Movement and Performance while learning core curricula such as Science, Social Studies, Math and English.

Studio ACE has began implementing the ArtsConnect program in 2017-2018, working with four grades at Laurel Elementary in a total of eleven classes, and with two classes at San Luis Rey Elementary. This work continues in the 2019-2020 school year with more classes being added at San Luis Rey. Both schools have a majority (96% and 85%) of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Laurel Elementary principal Freddie Chavarria believes that “without a doubt, test scores and behavior has improved with the addition of an arts education program.”


If your school is interested in this program, please email Julia Fister.

To learn more about Artist Instructor Emily Hayden-Granger, click here & for Arts Education Consultant Linda Kallas, click here


Emily Hayden-Granger teaching at Laurel Elementary

Emily Hayden-Granger teaching at Laurel Elementary

Studio ACE believes in the philosophy of Robert L. Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts: 
“The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation
and certainly a better world.”