Arts + STEM is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the processes and content knowledge of the arts, science, technology, engineering and math, through project-based learning. As school districts reimagine ways to prepare students for a rapidly changing and globally connected world, this work especially timely. 


Arts + STEM Collaborative is a regional consortium comprised of education stakeholders in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties to establish intersections between science, technology, engineering, arts and math in public school education.

Thanks to funding from the Boeing Company, the Arts + STEM Collaborative was established in 2013 to provide arts, STEM and education leaders throughout Southern California with the opportunity to share best practices and identify areas of convergence. The Collaborative's vision is to advance high quality Arts + STEM education so that students will be prepared to drive the innovative workforce of the future.


The Collaborative has established three goals:   

  1. Identify high quality models throughout the region
  2. Define attributes of optimal Arts + STEM learning environments
  3. Collaboratively develop, implement and support Arts + STEM programming, including conferences and symposiums, region wide


Coordinated by the LA County Arts Ed Collective, the Orange County Department of Education and STEAM Connect, participants include representatives from government, higher education, business and nonprofit organizations.


Contact: Pat Wayne, Create CA


Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Contact: Gregg Johnson, LA County Arts Ed Collective


Orange County

Arts Advantage


Contact: Steve Venz, Orange County Department of Education


San Diego County

San Diego County Office of Education

Arts Empower

Contact: Kim Richards, STEAM Insight