By Juliet Saltman
Representative, Coastal Artists
Approximately 700 pieces of student art are now on display by merchants in their store windows at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center shopping center as part of the annual Save the Arts Program.
"For the past 20 years, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center has been an active community partner focused on celebrating local achievements," said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president and general manager for Donahue Schriber, owner and operator of the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. "Our annual Save the Arts Program is one of the many ways we are able to give back to the community while creating awareness about the importance of the arts and helping to contribute towards local art education."
The Del Mar Highlands Town Center has supported local schools through its annual Save the Arts Program for more than a decade, donating more than $147,000 towards art education. The program provides 14 local schools within the Del Mar Union, Solana Beach and San Dieguito Union High school districts an opportunity to earn up to $1,000 each of a $14,000 donation by submitting student art pieces highlighting a central theme. This year's theme is Nature/Mother Earth.
Each participating school is required to submit the number of pieces representing 10 percent of their student enrollment, up to 75 pieces. The 14 schools participating in this year's program are: Ashley Falls School, Carmel Del Mar Elementary, Carmel Valley Middle School, Del Mar Heights Elementary, Del Mar Hills Academy, Earl Warren Middle School, Ocean Air School, Sage Canyon School, Solana Highlands Elementary, Solana Pacific School, Sycamore Ridge Elementary, Torrey Hills Elementary and Torrey Pines High School.
"Our students look forward to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center's Save the Arts Program every year," said Holly Vermilyea, a teacher at Carmel Valley Middle School who has been participating in the program with her students for the past eight years. "The program has helped provide Carmel Valley Middle School and other local schools necessary art supplies and generated public appreciation for the student's work of which our school is very proud."
The Save the Arts Program collection will be on display at Del Mar Highlands Town Center until Sunday. For more information, please visit