Afterschool 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 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.
Throughout 2017-18 VAPAE Teaching Artists will lead music, dance, and visual arts programs at the UCLA Community School, Emerson Community Charter Middle School, University High School, Venice High School, Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School, Huffington Center at St. Sophia’s Cathedral, and Aviva Family and Children's Services.
Fall Quarter 2017 Programs
Studio Sessions at Emerson Community Charter
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.
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.
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 Rosa and Raymundo Baltazar.
Studio Sessions at St. Sophia
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.
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.