ABOUT THE OUSD VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS OFFICE
ABOUT THE OUSD VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT
The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department's goal is to advance teaching and learning in the arts as core, sustained, integral components of a comprehensive, robust education ecosystem.
We 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.
Current OUSD Visual and Performing Arts priorities include:
- Developing Arts Curricular Pathways (PreK-12 flow) and College/Career Art Pathways
- Ensuring Middle School & Secondary School Electives in the arts at beginning through advanced levels
- Convening visual arts, music and dance/drama teachers networks to strengthen teaching practice and arts education community