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The Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that all young people should have access to quality arts learning opportunities and that the arts are essential to the social, emotional, and intellectual development of every child.

The mission of iCAN is to bring high quality arts programs to children in Santa Barbara County, particularly those least likely to receive them. Through sustained creative learning opportunities that emphasize both artistic excellence and access, iCAN seeks to affect positive social change in the communities it serves.

Our in-school Visual Arts Program is based on California’s Visual Art Standards with a curriculum that utilizes specific criteria for identifying and assessing quality in an arts learning setting. This program is active at Monroe Elementary School and seven other Title I elementary schools in Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Key elements of the Visual Arts Program include: highly qualified and dedicated Teaching Artists who enjoy nurturing children’s creativity; regularly scheduled classes that are long enough to cultivate the creative processes; professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists, which engage their creativity and contribute to the overall energy of their classes; and the active support of parents, school officials, interested individuals and community organizations who have helped make this program so special.

In addition to the Visual Arts Program, iCAN’s Music Program is an El Sistema inspired, after-school program at Franklin Elementary School and the Westside Neighborhood Center. One hundred and sixty young musicians are enrolled in the program that meets five days a week. Each year students have multiple opportunities to showcase their talent through musical performances that take place in the Santa Barbara community and on school campuses. This program will begin its fourth full year in the fall of 2014.

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 Reflections is a National PTA program designed to enhance and encourage the arts in education. It provides students the opportunity to express themselves and receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts. 

Monroe has had at least one student advance all the way to the state level of competition the last two years. The theme for this year is "Diversity Means......" All students are encouraged to create and submit works of art in any of 6 different areas; literature, photography, visual arts (drawing, painting, collage etc.), musical composition, dance choreography, and film production.

All students work will be displayed at our Monroe Reflections Reception November 7. There are specific rules for entries and entry forms are available in the Monroe Office. 

The deadline for entries is October 28th. If you have any questions? Please Contact Cricket Wood at