Arts community leaders convene at Pacific Ridge School

At Pacific Ridge School: L to R: Duff Sanderson; Gwendolyn Meyers; Ellise Coit; Michael Coit; Doris Foss, professional artist; Heath Fox, La Jolla Historical Society; Cheri Foss, Dalouge Smith, San Diego Youth Symphony.

Earlier this month, 23 executives, educational directors, and creative leaders from San Diego’s arts community visited Pacific Ridge School to lend their creative perspectives and expertise to discussions about the school’s expanding arts program and facilities. Attendees represented organizations in higher education, dance, museums, music composition, opera, photography, visual arts, symphony, theater and more, including the San Diego Opera, San Diego Museum of Art, John Malashock Dance Studio, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Youth Symphony, and New Village Arts, to name a few.

In the signature learning style of Pacific Ridge School, attendees participated in round-table, or “Harkness” seminar discussions, pondering questions about art and the community, and technology in the arts. The discussions provided a rich source of ideas and guidance to help the school map out the next phase of campus and programmatic development. Pacific Ridge School, which opened in 2007, currently educates 490 students in grades seven through 12, and offers a comprehensive program in the arts.