The Dreamcatcher awards are the Oscars of arts education in San Francisco. The Visual and Performing Arts Department of the San Francisco Unified School District is proud to recognize arts education leaders from various parts of the community, including arts teachers, school arts coordinators, principals, administrators and community arts partners. They began presenting the awards in 2007, the same year that the Arts Education Master Plan was released. The 2018 awards were presented on March 15 at the community reception for the SFUSD Arts Festival in the glamorous grand hall of the Asian Art Museum. Sketchnotes by Todd Berman, marker on paper.
The Spark to Think Differently Arts Ed Alliance member Camille Olivier-Salmon accepted the Community Arts Partner award on behalf of herself and Emily Keeler for their work with the SF Arts Education Project.
Inspired by Powerful Women Marcus Shelby was awarded a Community Artist Partner Dreamcatcher for his meaningful jazz collaborations with SFUSD students, especially his work at Rooftop Alternative School.
The Best Art Campus in the World After a joyful dance performance by her Access SFUSD students, Heidi Seretan accepted an award as Inclusive Arts Specialists.
San Francisco is the Campus
collaborative, mixed media on canvas by students of ACCESSSFUSD: The ARC Heidi Seretan's assertion that San Francisco is the best campus is further bolstered by this collaborative art by her students that was hanging in a downstairs gallery.
Keep Supporting the Arts! As the supervisor of the Public Education Enrichment Fund, Kathy Fleming has diligently sought to measure which students are receiving arts education services, and so she was awarded the Administrator Dreamcatcher. You may remember her from our event in 2017 when she unveiled SFUSD arts education data.
Keep Building Student Creativity Eve Cheung is this year's winner of the Elementary Principal Dreamcatcher for her many years of championing the arts at Junipera Sera Elementary School.
We Have a Contract with our Families In accepting the Dreamcatcher for his work as principal at MLK Middle School, Michael Essien talked about the responsibility he feels to the parents and children at his school.
The Opportunity to Shine David Greenbaum brought his instrument with him to accept his Credential Arts Teacher Award for teaching music to over a thousand students a year at various elementary schools.
The Way I Live Damian Nuñez is the Secondary Arts Coordinator Dreamcatcher awardee.
Vision Vision Vision Joseph Alter received the Credentialed Art Teacher Dreamcatcher Award for teaching digital arts with Hilltop High School.
I Just Love Art Ingrid Brook-Kothlow can't help it, she just loves art. She shares her passion with her elementary school students and earned an Elementary Arts Coordinator Dreamcatcher award.