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Merced County Office of Education


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​"Crafting a Creative Merced County"​

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Welcome to Arts @ MCOE!

Our 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."

Build awareness of arts opportunities and their benefits

Core Value #2

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

Develop support for new and existing arts programs

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

On January 11th!





Merced CYAN

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. This free group experience for students ages 12-22 is dedicated to student networking, knowledge, collaboration and advocacy. Build the arts programs you want and need for the community you love: from the ground up!

Join the Merced County-Wide Young Artists Network by clicking HERE.​

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Direct Instruction (Synchronous & Asynchronous) in the Arts​

Noelle Chandler is available to join classrooms over ZOOM until Fall of 2021, specializing in theatre, creative writing, music theory and dance/movement. Visual/media arts also available. Both synchronous and asynchronous instruction a possibility! See the flyer HERE for more information.

Call 209.386.6047, email or click HERE for additional information.

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Poetry Out Loud 2021

Students in Grades 9-12 are invited to participate in Poetry Out Loud at the behest of English or Drama teachers, enrichment instructors, libraries or nonprofit arts organizations! Register by January 15 and turn in winning names by January 22 for inclusion in the January 30th Virtual County Event!

Sign up HERE to participate in this year's Poetry Out Loud!

Call 209.386.6047, email or click HERE for additional


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Arts + SEL PD

3-hour interactive workshop for teachers in the virtual space: Arts + SEL and addressing the needs of the whole child, the whole classroom and the whole school community. This workshop gives teachers and administrators additional tools to address complex issues through the mindsets created in an arts-friendly environment: growth, inclusion, trust, observation, and reflection.

Register HERE for the event on January 27!


Arts Now MCOE Mentorships

Arts @ MCOE has officially become an Arts Now District, funded through the California Alliance for Arts Education. Known as Arts Now MCOE, we are providing mentorship opportunities to community liaisons and clusters around the County, preparing them to shore up their resources and create their own Arts Now Communities in the future!

To apply, call 209.386.6047 or email

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Monthly Arts Newsletter

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.

Noelle Chandler
Arts Education Consultant 
Phone (209) 761-5666  Fax:  381-6774​


Heather Woody
Administrative Secretary
Phone (209) 381-5976  Fax: 381-6774


Physical Address: 

MCOE Downtown Professional Development Center​

1715 Canal Street, 3rd 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 Offic​​e of Education

632 W. 13th Street

Merced, CA 95341

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