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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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Merced County LGBTQ+ Success Network 

Logo Design Challenge

Arts @ MCOE is teaming up with the Merced County LGBTQ+ Success Network to provide the Logo Design Challenge, the first of many opportunities to use visual art to communicate with your community and a chance to have your artwork featured as the logo for this brand new county-wide network!

Please note: if you are signing into Google Forms with a professional Google account, many organizations (including MCOE) do not allow you to open forms where images can be uploaded. Two submission options are available:
1.    To submit via Google Form, please sign into a personal Google account.
2.    To submit via email, please attached a .jpg or .png image to an email with your name, grade, age, school district and title of your piece in the body and “Your Name, Logo Challenge" in subject, and send that email to:

Click HERE to submit via Google Forms!


The Math Mascot Project

An ARTS + MATH Collaborative Project

Get a spot on the wall at the MCOE Downtown Professional Development Center by visiting this link and artistically interpreting your school mascot with tangrams, then provide us with the mathematical key. Take a screenshot of both and submit them: we want to see every school in Merced County represented!

Check out Miss Noelle’s example video and use these links to make/use digital tangrams:
Make Tangrams at Home
Cut out these Tangrams
Use virtual versions

Create a key using the rules here and Miss Amber’s additional videos:
Rules for Keys

Submit your work HERE for a chance to be recognized county-wide!

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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. V​​​isual/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

Poetry Out Loud 2021 is complete: congratulations to Sanaiyah Garcia from Golden Valley High School, she will be representing Merced County at the statewide competition this spring!

Call 209.386.6047 or email to start training in Fall 2021 for the next annual Poetry Out Loud!

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How do you take your Professional Development?

We want to know how we can offer you learning opportunities in the arts that work for you. Your needs are specific and important to us: tell us how we can help!

Fill out this form to help us determine what to offer this summer and fall. We are excited to provide you with arts services and opportunities that will benefit your whole staff, as well as the students you serve!​

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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