California Department of Education Presents

Arts, Media, Entertainment Leadership Institute 2016

April 4-5, 2016 in San Diego


"Investing in the Future of Creative Industries"

Institute Registration Cost 


Regular: $235

October 17, 2015–March 18, 2016


Late: $250

March 19, 2016-April 4, 2016


2016 AME Registration Link

Hotel Reservations

Doubletree by Hilton, Mission Valley

7450 Hazard Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92108



$149+Tax (applies until March 10, 2016)

Click Here for Hotel Booking Website


Hotel Parking:

Day $10 (self parking)

Overnight $15 (self parking)

Supporting Partner KQED 


Join KQED Art School at the institute for a fun happy hour event and discover practical approaches for using our arts education media resources in the classroom.


Check Out KQED's Education Blog

Featuring the AME Leadership Institute

Special Appearance


State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson

Tom Torlakson, chief of California’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education, was re-elected to a second four-year term  as California’s 27th State Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 4, 2014. Read More....

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Bruce, Producer

2015 nominee for a Golden Globe

2015 Nominee for Academy Award for 

Best Motion Picture "The Theory of Everything"

Lisa Bruce has an extensive 

background in domestic and international feature production for both independent and studio films. Read more click here.

Austin Madison, Pixar Animator


Graduate of California Institute of the Arts.

Animation credits include Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and Up.

Austin Madison graduated from the character animation program at California Institute of the Arts before getting hired as an animator at Pixar

Melecio Estrella


Andrew Ward, 

Co-Directors of

Fog Beast

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Swanson

Estrella and Ward collaborate as performers in Joe Goode Performance Group, Scott Wells and Dancers, and Bandaloop.  Read more click here.

2016 AME Schedule of Events

Extension Units Available!


Professional Development for Secondary Teachers through CSU San Marcos

Click Here to Sign Up!


The Institute is for:

  • Industry–Arts, Media, and Entertainment professionals who want to network with AME teachers in the schools

  • Administrators–District, school, and county offices

  • Teachers–CTE and VAPA teachers who teach within a CTE AME, Fine Arts, or STEAM program

  • Teachers–Any teacher interested in building an AME program

  • Counselors–Any counselor who has an AME program in their school

  • Guest Artists-Working artists and arts providers who support CTE and VAPA programs in the classroom


The guiding principles for the Institute include:

  • Participants will experience workshops, seminars, and panels that will benefit both education and creative industry leaders.

  • Education and creative industry leaders will network, sharing “best practices,” educator to educator; educator to Industry; and industry to educator

Don’t miss this important staff development opportunity, designed specifically for education staff members who are delivering or are building an AME program, and AME industry professionals who provide the career connection to the next generation of Arts, Media, and Entertainment professionals in the work field.”

Jack Mitchell

Educational Programs Consultant Arts, Media, and Entertainment, Visual and Performing Arts, Secondary California Department of Education

Comments From Last Year’s Institute Participants

“Industry Professionals–so inspiring–got wheels turning.”


“Alumni panel was heart-warming and encouraging to teachers, thank you.”


“So much valuable, directly applicable info. Inspired and inspiring speakers.”


"Having decision-makers being at the table was great!”


“Grow it! I’ll keep coming back.”

Further Questions? Please email Kris McClung Jack Mitchell:

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