cm_artfest2The City of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division and the San Dieguito Academy Foundation presented the annual Encinitas Arts Festival at San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center in late April. With a “Passport to the Arts” theme, the festival featured dance, theater, and music performances on the outdoor amphitheater stage by students and professionals. guests were also treated to art-making workshops, giveaways, a student art exhibit, an artist expo with live demonstrations, community group booths, and food trucks.

cm_artfest3The Encinitas Arts Festival seeks to recognize the critical role the arts play in schools and the community. “Research shows that the arts are vital to student success,” said Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Baird. “Arts education is linked to higher test scores across all subjects, as well as lower dropout rates. They foster creativity and imagination, hallmarks of careers in the 21st century. Beyond the classroom, the arts are shown to nurture collaboration and civic engagement in young people.” Discover more at www.encinitasca.gov/festival.