Visual & Performing Arts

At a Glance

The Curriculum and Instruction Services Program at the San Mateo County Office of Education works with arts and education partners to create equity and access to high quality arts and art-integrated education for students, preschool through high school, in the areas of dance, music, theater, visual, and media arts. 



“The Next Big Think” Arts Expo FAQs

Sunday, March 3, 2019
11am - 4pm
San Mateo Event Center - Fiesta Hall

How to Participate/Submit:
Please submit teacher name, school, contact info (email and cell #), genre/style of artworks, and number of students participating by filling out this form.

How the Fair Works:
The event itself has been the STEM Fair for the past thirty years. Last year it was held at the County Fair Grounds and was both a STEM Fair and Arts Expo. This year we are re-branding this dynamic celebration of learning called “The Next Big Think.” The STEM Fair projects will be judged and the Art Projects and performances will NOT be judged. Students and teachers grades K-12 are invited to participate in the Arts Expo. We plan to showcase BOTH visual and performing arts.

What We Provide:
Artists work will be displayed on temporary walls and tables provided by SMCOE for the day before and the day of the fair. We also provide curatorial support during installation and offer insights around common themes. A stage with a PA system and mics will be set up, and there will be chairs for the audience. Please contact us about scheduling your performance. For media arts, we will have iPads and a projector with a screen. 

Teachers and students can begin installing their work at 2 pm on Saturday, March 2nd. Set up will last until 5 pm. Work does not need to be framed or mounted, and we do provide T-pins for the temporary walls.

When we pack out, all art must be collected by teachers before checking out at the end the day. If you are unable to be there for check-out, you must make arrangements for a colleague or parent volunteer to collect the work. Breakdown begins at 4pm when the fair closes. If those arrangements cannot be made, we can also collect the work and bring it back to the County Office for a later pick up.

What to Expect:
We expect 2,000-3,000 visitors over the course of the Fair/Expo. Most of our attendees come to see student work - family members, teachers, admin, students etc. The value of “The Next Big Think” - STEM Fair and Art Expo are the connections you can make that will continue to generate excitement for STEAM in the weeks and months after the fair. Focus on the work for sure, but also use the day to make new friends, invite your community to participate and see your exhibitions, greet each person who visits, & be available for all opportunities.

The San Mateo Event Center is located at the following address:
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403


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