The Visual and Performing Arts Department announces the latest round of funding for OUSD public schools to support arts and maker programs!ABOUT THE OUSD VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT
The Visual and Performing Arts Department's goal is to advance teaching and learning in the arts as core, sustained, integral components of a comprehensive, robust education ecosystem. Through our VAPA Strategic Arts Blueprint, we seek to engage the collaborative energies and expertise of students, teachers, schools, district leaders and community stakeholders to bridge the gaps, advance equity, and foster cross-disciplinary rigor and excellence in learning through the visual, performing and digital arts. Aiming for outcomes that inspire and deepen understanding, motivate life-long learning and effectively prepare students to enter the colleges and careers of their choice, we offer inquiry-based approaches and integrative frameworks that engage student, school, and district priorities.
VAPA works to advance this goal in alignment with OUSD’s vision, goals and priorities.
Current OUSD arts learning development priorities include:
Visual and Performing Arts TeamFillmore RydeenDirector, Visual and Performing ArtsSarah WillnerTeacher on Special AssignmentElementary Music TeacherMarilu BoytesAdministrative AssistantIndi McCaseyConsultant, Visual and Performing ArtsAimee EspirituConsultant, Visual and Performing Arts
- Developing Arts Curricular Pathways (PreK-12 flow).
- Ensuring Middle School & Secondary School Electives in the arts at beginning through advanced levels
- Developing College/Career Art Pathways
- Focusing on and Acting for Equity – adding arts in areas where there are none (i.e. schools, communities, special populations, art forms)
- Offering Differentiated Learning through the Arts – integrated professional development for strategic district initiatives (i.e. English Language Learners, African American Males, Special Ed,)
- Maximizing potential of all children in and through the arts. Arts contributing to quality teaching to engage and deepen student learning.
- Innovating to change a system that values the arts as only for the 'talented' instead of everyone.