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In Focus: STEM and the Arts Education

In California and across the nation, momentum is building in support of learning models that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the arts. The intersection of the arts with the STEM fields can enhance student engagement and learning, and promote creative thinking and innovation that will benefit our communities far beyond the classroom.

Join your grantmaking colleagues for SCG’s 2014 In Focus series exploring STEM+Arts education. Our first meeting of the year will feature James Herr, Program Officer, Arts, California Community Foundation, and Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission. During this interactive conversation, these two leaders will discuss best practices in STEM+Arts collaboration (sometimes called STEAM), including a profile of the LA County Arts Commission model.

This series will include five meetings in 2014. Each meeting builds on information and discussion from earlier sessions, so we encourage participants to plan to attend all five meetings or to send a representative from your organization if you are unable to attend.

Quarterly meetings:

February 19, 2014: Best Practices for Collaboration with Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and facilitated by SCG member James Herr, Program Officer, Arts, California Community Foundation

May 7, 2014: What is the State of STEM? with Marcella Klein Williams, Chief Educational Officer, California STEM Learning Network

August 2014: Amplifying Collective Impact with Yasmin Fodil, Senior Strategist, GOOD/Corps.

October 2014: Topic to be determined

December 2014: Topic to be determined

About In Focus:
Tackling an emerging trend or policy issue of concern to philanthropy, SCG’s In Focus program series convenes funders to learn about a specific topic, exchange ideas about how philanthropy can address the evolving issue, and share updates about their work. By bringing together funders over the course of one year, In Focus provides a platform for funders to address key issues through collaboration and action.