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Encompassing arts education courses, community programs, and equitable opportunities for students throughout Los Angeles and the community at large.
With the goal of being at the center of the statewide and national debate regarding the importance of the arts for all students, and to be a catalyst for positive change in urban arts education, the mission of the Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) Program in the School of the Arts and Architecture is to expose UCLA undergraduates to the rich history of arts education in the U.S. and to highlight its role in a diverse society.
VAPAE’s Arts Education courses are robust, offering students across the School the option to declare a Minor in Arts Education, and the opportunity to focus on the following concentrations: Strategies and Methods in Teaching the Arts; Arts in the Community; Teaching the Arts in Non-traditional Settings and with Special Populations; Social-Emotional Learning in the Arts; and Interdisciplinary Arts Teaching.
In response to the pressing needs in our local schools to provide high quality arts curricula, students in VAPAE’s Arts Education Teaching Sequence go from theory to classroom observation to lesson design to implementation as they teach their original arts-based lessons in UCLA-affiliated TIE-IN schools and Title I LAUSD schools that are primarily located in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles.
Through its innovative afterschool arts and arts enrichment programs, as well as public events, interdisciplinary community arts initiatives, and special arts projects, VAPAE provides UCLA students with a range of experiential opportunities to develop into qualified teaching artists, while introducing them to a range of possible careers in the arts.
Since its inception in 2010, VAPAE has directly and indirectly impacted over 30,000 people in the Los Angeles area.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, 24 UCLA undergraduates completed the Arts Education Teaching Sequence at 13 urban school sites with an average of 35 pupils per classroom, approximately 840 K-12 students in Los Angeles received arts instruction they would otherwise not receive. In that same time, VAPAE Afterschool Arts and Arts Enrichment Programs were offered free of charge at 12 school and community sites, reaching over 1,000 local K-12 students and their families in a variety of arts disciplines, including visual arts, theatre arts, photography, dance, design and media arts.
Your support will ensure that local K-12 students and their families connect and grow as artists and community members, while also developing social and creative confidence, by participating in rich artistic experiences taught by VAPAE-trained Teaching Artists, finding inspiration in their everyday surroundings, and gaining a broader view of what art can be.
Paper-mâché crafting with VAPAE’s after school arts program.
VAPAE offers students and parents equal opportunities to be creative.
VAPAE provides much needed arts education curricula to students throughout Los Angeles.
A student photo from an afterschool arts program offered by VAPAE.
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