• The Visual and Performing Arts Department announces the latest round of funding for OUSD public schools to support arts and maker programs!


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     Learn More about the Arts Incentive Grant and How to Apply


    Oakland Tech's advanced drama program, OakTech Rep presents:

    Romeo & Juliet Oak Tech Rep Production Flyer

    Romeo and Juliet Event Page

    Set in Oakland, CA!
    Performances are Thurs/Fri/Sat Nov 15-17th at  7.p.m. with a Sat Nov 17th show at 2 p.m. 
    O.T. Auditorium 42nd and Broadway
    Tickets are $10.00 general admission. $5.00 with O.U.S.D. i.d.

    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:

    • 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.
    Visual and Performing Arts Team
    Fillmore Rydeen
    Director, Visual and Performing Arts 
    Sarah Willner
    Teacher on Special Assignment
    Elementary Music Teacher 
    Marilu Boytes
    Administrative Assistant
    Indi McCasey
    Consultant, Visual and Performing Arts 
    Aimee Espiritu
    Consultant, Visual and Performing Arts 
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