Afterschool & Community Arts Enrichment Programs Overview
VAPAE is committed to community engagement and dedicated to building bridges between outstanding UCLA artist educators and the surrounding Los Angeles community. In response to pressing needs in our local schools, VAPAE’s Afterschool & Community Arts Enrichment Programs offer students in the Los Angeles area supportive and constructive out-of-school arts activities.
These programs provide K-12 students with the tools they need to develop as artists and productive community members while supporting their social-emotional development and positive relationships with adults and peers. Participants find inspiration in their everyday surroundings, and gain a more open view of what art can be through weekly artistic experiences guided by VAPAE-trained Teaching Artists. All program leaders are current or former VAPAE participants, and experienced artist educators.
2018 - 2019 Programs
Studio Sessions @ Emerson Community Charter Middle School
Multigenerational Afterschool Arts Program (MASA) @ UCLA Community School
MASA @ Torres High School
Creativity Sessions @ Ad Astra
PhotoVoice @ Venice High School
Photography @ Las Fotos Project
Photography @ Horace Mann UCLA Community School
Intergenerational Art @ Latinx Producers Action Network
2017 - 2018 Programs
Creativity Sessions at Ad Astra
Can the Arts provide relevance to scientific inquiry, tasks, and tools; Can it function as a solution to long term applications and challenges of travel and movement? Two UCLA/VAPAE Teaching Artists will lead 18 weekly sessions; Design and Media Arts major, and World Arts and Cultures are the Teaching Artists majors. Weekly projects will include Multidisciplinary Arts lessons that explore: Intersections between Visual Arts and Science, Art as Coding, Movement and Design, and Art as Equity.
Studio Sessions at St. Sophia's
The UCLA VAPAE Studio Sessions at St. Sophia afterschool program provides 6th-8th graders with the tools and support they need to grow as artists and creative human beings. Students learn to connect their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment, while exploring themes of identity and self-expression. Students explore and experiment with a variety of media to learn more about themselves and what they want to communicate through their art. By encouraging students to find their own visual language, gather inspiration from their everyday surroundings, collaborate with one another and understand the larger world of art and creativity, VAPAE seeks to inspire a creative arts practice that will continue throughout the lives of the participants. This year, Studio Sessions at St. Sophia is being led by UCLA VAPAE Teaching Artists Brianda Perez and Brittany Ko.
Studio Sessions at Emerson Community Charter Middle School
Studio Sessions at Emerson provides young adults the tools and support they need in order to grow as artists and creative human beings. Students intertwine their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment. These Studio Sessions inspire students to gain a new perspective of their world and a better understanding of themselves. Young adults at Emerson Community Charter Middle School engage with a wide array of media including painting, drawing, bookmaking, printmaking, collage, and more. This year, Studio Sessions at Emerson are being led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Sara Simon, Amanda Sutton, and Aya Fathallah.
PhotoVoice at Venice High School
By providing an afterschool arts program focused on photo narratives, Venice High School students explore the medium and technical aspects of photography while simultaneously developing digital visuals that utilize digital applications, analog, art surrounding a subjective narrative theme.
Multigenerational After School Arts Program (MASA)
at UCLA Community School
An afterschool arts program open to all UCS 6th grade students and all UCS parents interested in expressing themselves through art. VAPAE provides a welcome, creative, and fun space in order to make art, share our family and cultural traditions, and tell our stories. MASA is an innovative arts program that provides creative artists from different generations the opportunity to evolve as creative human beings as they bond as artists. 6th grade students and their parents intertwine their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment. This fall students are exploring the artistic and cultural traditions involved in the Dia de los Muertos celebration through altar making and other arts and social activities. This year, MASA is being led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Claudia Rosas and Raymundo Baltazar.
MASA families focus on the idea of sanctuary: what do our communities look like if we recreate them with boxes and little wooden people? What consists of a sanctuary? Where do we find sanctuary? Other topics of exploration are positive and negative space, mixed fabric media, tapestries, and weavings.
ACT TWO: Performing Arts for System-Impacted Youth
ACT TWO is a 10 week performing arts program for formerly incarcerated and system-impacted youth from throughout Los Angeles. With support from the California Arts Council's Re-Entry Through the Arts grant, and led by our team of UCLA faculty, student mentors, and VAPAE teaching artists, ACT TWO is a platform for young people of our community who have been impacted by the criminal justice system to use the performing arts - dance, theater, poetry/spoken word, music and more - to tell their own original stories onstage. Over the course of the 10 weeks, participants from our community partner sites - Aviva Family and Children's Services, Youth Build Hollywood Charter School/Home Sweet Home, and Free LA High School/ the Youth Justice Coalition - will work together in a collaborative creative process to create a fully staged devised theatre performance to be performed at UCLA in March of 2018.
Dance at Emerson Community Charter
Dance at Emerson offers students a safe, welcoming, and fun space to build new friendships, learn the skills necessary to develop as dance artists, and receive the support they need to grow as creative and confident human beings. This program is open to any student with any level of dance experience, who is committed and passionate about dancing. Dancers will train in a variety of hip-hop, house, and contemporary dance styles while also learning new choreography and creating their own dances. Every week, participants will learn new steps and work towards creating dance routines! Dance at Emerson is led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Jessi Pontillas and Ria Julian.
Visual Arts at Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School
Visual Arts @ Coeur d'Alene provides the tools and support students need in order to grow as artists and creative human beings. Students intertwine their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment. These Visual Arts sessions inspire students to gain a new perspective of their world and a better understanding of themselves. Students at Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary will engage with a wide array of media including painting, drawing, bookmaking, collage, and more. Visual Arts at Coeur d’Alene is being led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Yue Wang and Lily Raven Leon.
ACT ONE at Aviva Family and Children's Services
ACT ONE is a partnership between Aviva Children and Family Services, the UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program and Agency Arts offering arts based diversion programming and UCLA student mentorship to formerly incarcerated and system impacted Los Angeles youth. The fall program, starting October 5, consists of 10 workshops to build performance skills and will end with an informal work in progress sharing and art demonstration for an audience of family and community members. Teaching Artists are Bianette Linares, Jai Williams, and Gabriel Gutierrez.