Studio ACE is a non-profit organization, created in October 2016, whose mission is to enrich lives through Arts, Community and Education. All of our programming relates to arts education. We have four main areas of programming:
1. School Programming.Our signature program is ArtsConnect, a K-8 school program. This program integrates the arts with Common Core subjects. Our entire student programming employs Visual and Performing Arts Standards, the Elements and Principles of Art and the project’s connection to art history.
2. Art Classes.We have a storefront that provides low-cost art lessons to children. We have a donor who supplements all children’s classes, so children receive a high quality art lessons at an affordable price. Adult class fees also help to supplement the children’s classes.
3. Community Festivals.We participate in art walks, fairs and festivals around the community providing a free art project to complement the theme of the fair or festival.
4. Community Collaborations.We collaborate with community members on specific programming working with organizations such as the Oceanside Library, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, Oceanside Fire Fighters, City of Oceanside, Buena Vista Nature Center and the Museum of Making Music.
Our primary focus 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 is currently working with 4 grades at Laurel Elementary, a total of 11 classes. We have just started at San Luis Rey Elementary with 2 classes, implementing the ArtsConnect program. We will continue to do so in the 2019-2020 school year and more classes 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.”
We believe 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.”