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Oakland Unified School District

Visual & Performing Arts

Skyline students perform at Juneteenth Celebration 2019

The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department works to ensure that all students experience schools that nurture their sense of joy and curiosity, honor their identities, and provide an outlet for creative expression.


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OUSD’s VAPA Department

  • Supervises a certificated staff of 26 elementary music and dance teachers serving all OUSD public elementary schools.
  • Manages the Arts Incentive Grant (AIG) to support community arts partnerships that align with the 21-24 Strategic Plan Initiative of Creating Joyful Schools.
  • Provides district-wide professional learning opportunities focused on creative practice and arts integration. 
  • Convenes teacher networks of visual arts, music, dance and drama teachers. 
  • Co-facilitates monthly meetings with community arts partners. 
  • Supports summer arts and music learning efforts for students. 
  • Coordinates yearly music festivals and partners on events that showcase young artists and performers.

Visual and Performing Arts Team