On a recent warm summer evening, ABX hosted a lovely reception for donors at the Organ Pavilionin Balboa Park. While guests enjoyed a glass of wine, appetizers and desserts, ABX President Ted Peña shared the significant progress ArtBusXpress has made so far this year and its goal for the upcoming future amid the growing demand for grants to fund transportation for field trips to the arts and sciences.
Jean Samuels, President of the Spreckels Organ Society, shared a few words and Raul Ramirez, San Diego Civic Organist, gave an enthusiastic presentation, broadening our appreciation of his professional experience and the outstanding quality of music being performed at the Pavilion. The concert that followed was spectacular. It featured the organ with violins and cello on stage, culminating in a creative presentation of classical music and pieces embellished such that it felt like the entire orchestra was there.
Time for Back to School Preparations
While a new haircut, backpack, and a pair of shoes are the most common items on the checklist for back-to-school preparation, many San Diego County teachers also include filing a field trip request as part of their return-to-school routine.
A quick glance at 2019 statistics shows that San Diego is a busy and blossoming county hosting 43 schools districts with over 670 registered charter and public schools and 514,438 students in attendance.
On the front lines feeling the impact of a diverse population of needs, is a talented group of teachers who began preparation during the summer months for their return to school. Field study trips definitely appear to be on educators’ minds.
ArtBusXpress is excited to view applications now being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. As Board President Ted Pena says, “Our goal is to increase funding of field trips to impact over 9000 students this year, a 20% increase over last year.”
Aspiring scientists and engineers from High Tech High School in Chula Vista received a compelling introduction to the space program at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in September. Students explored mankind's quest for the stars and how space exploration impacts our daily lives. According to science teacher, Micah Wullschleger, her students were inspired and encouraged by the museum’s informative photographic displays of “underrepresented groups in the space program,'' which they will further study during their humanities class.
See Matinee Production of Nutcracker
Southern California Ballet was founded in 1983, and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the joy of dance into the community through dance education, outreach programs, and public performances. Each December, SCB offers four daytime performances of The Nutcracker as part of its Outreach program for school groups to experience classical ballet for just $5 per ticket. If you’re interested in bringing your class to see The Nutcracker, please call (858) 674-1006.