Esperanza and Alegria: The Community Opus Project in San Diego, California

The Sistema-inspired program of the San Diego Youth Symphony, in California, is called the Community Opus Project. Its partnership with the financially struggling nearby city of Chula Vista began in a school system that allocated no funds for arts education. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, “What started as an after-school music program for 65 3rd graders, evolved into one of the largest and most rapid restorations of arts education in the nation, with over 70 visual and performing arts teachers hired in the past four months.”

The success story is told by the key players in this webinar hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts:

Date Published: 1 January 2016

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