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Welcome to Arts @ MCOE!

The Arts Now initiative was established with the following vision and values:

Merced County Office of Education envisions a countywide effort that ensures all youth have access to high-quality arts education and experiences, all teachers have resources and support to engage their classrooms and clubs in arts activities and all advocates and community members have the space and opportunity to celebrate and engage with public art.

Core Value #1            

Build awareness of arts opportunities and their benefits

Core Value #2

Increase engagement in high-quality, rigorous, culturally compassionate arts

Core Value #3 

Develop support for new and existing arts programs

Core Value #4      

Strengthen families and revitalize communities through the arts

Read the Merced County Strategic Arts Plan HERE​​

View the Strategic Arts Plan Launch Video HERE​​

Email​ for more information on quarterly arts 

convenings or the Arts Now MCOE & Strategic Arts Plan Launch

​"Crafting a Creative Merced County"​

for Students

Merced C​YAN

As an active part of Arts Now MCOE and the 2020 MCOE Strategic Arts Plan Arts @ MCOE and the Merced County Arts Council are partnering to support students individually with the Merced County-Wide Young Artists Network, or Merced CYAN.

Merced CYAN 2022 will be themed: Gateway to Merced, "Shelter and Place."

Nominations are now open for the Merced CYAN 2022 "Shelter and Place" Project, an MCOE + UC Merced collaboration funded by the California Humanities.

The "Shelter and Place" project involves learning the procedures and ethics of interviewing, choosing an interview subject from your community and performing an interview to determine their story of how they've dealt with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Interviews will be archived with the virtual Gateway to Merced project, while the interviewers then work to turn their unearthed stories into visual and performing arts pieces for performance/exhibition.

The Merced CYAN 2022 "Shelter and Place" Project will last from January-December 2022, composed of 13 required in-person meeting and 5 required virtual meetings across the year.  Each participant will be paid a stipend for their participation in this project.

For Merced CYAN 2022, we are opening nominations to high school juniors/seniors, single-subject teachers in the Humanities, community advocates, community college and University students who are interested in participating. Students under 18 must be nominated by a teacher or administrator; adults may nominate themselves.

To nominate a student or yourself, please fill out the following nomination form. You will be contacted within 48 hours to schedule a Zoom interview during the month of February.


Click HERE​​ to nominate yourself as a prospective Shelter and Place participant!








Interested in bringing arts to your school site or district and don't know where to start?

View MCOE "Arts Vision" 2022 Flyer hereMCOE "Arts Vision" 2022 Flyer here

View MCOE "Arts Vision: Big Picture" Flyer here​

Contact Noelle Chandler at 209.386.6047 or NCh​​​ for small or large recommendations!

Arts Connected to Science

First page of the PDF file: ACTS



Arts Now MCOE Newsletter, "The Art Smatter"

Spread the word about equitable, county-wide arts opportunities in real time by signing up to receive the Arts @ MCOE Newsletter!​

Join us as a site representative and get on the contact list by clicking HERE​.


Monthly Community Arts Convening

​​Arts Now MCOE wants to meet virtually every month with YOU to discuss arts opportunities and upcoming events. Respond HERE​ to help us pick the best days!​​



Physical Address: 

MCOE Downtown Professional Development Center
1715 Canal Street, 2nd Floor
Merced CA 95340

​​Office Hours:  M-F 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mailing Address:

Merced County Office of Education
632 W. 13th Street
Merced, CA 95341

Contact Information:

Noelle Chandler
Arts Program Specialist 
Phone (209) 386-6047  Fax:  381-6774

Marta Gracian​
Staff Secretary
Phone (209) 381-4509 DTPDC /​  Fax: 381-6774