May 2018


VAPAE understands the need for all teachers to continue growing and learning in their practice. 

And as a response to the Teaching Artists' desire to continue to grow and evolve as artist educators, VAPAE offered its first ever Teaching Artist Professional Development Workshop.

This experiential 5-hour Saturday workshop provided a rare opportunity for us to gather as a team and reflect on our teaching practices. 

Please enjoy the video below!

It will illustrate the importance of Professional Development and your role in supporting the ongoing growth of the next generation of VAPAE Trained Teaching Artists.


Reasons to SPARK about!

"There is so much to be said about the influence artmaking has on brain development, not only in engaging critical thinking skills, but also in shaping interpersonal and emotional intelligence."

- VAPAE's Teaching Artist of the Month: Alyssa Faith R. Scott
World Arts and Cultures Major, VAPAE Minor
Arts Program: Creativity Sessions at Ad Astra, within the SpaceX campus

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photo: alyssa scott


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VAPAE was established in 2010 as the first interdisciplinary school-wide minor within the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture that offers diverse elective courses, a practicum sequence, and employment opportunities.

The VAPAE Program is an innovative arts education model that introduces undergraduates to key issues and methodologies in the field of arts education and to a broad range of careers in the arts, including K-12 teaching, community arts education, museum education, creative arts therapies, and arts advocacy.

Support a New Generation of Arts Educators by SPARKING Today!


April 2018

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VAPAE is eager to jump into ArtsMonth with the announcement of our SPARK campaign:

Support VAPAE and our Afterschool Arts Education

and Arts Enrichment Programs. 


This campaign is to highlight the efforts of UCLA Student Teachers and Teaching Artists, and to further maintain their abilities and opportunities to educate the youth, regardless of zip code or circumstance.

All month long, VAPAE will be featuring different ways that we impact the community surrounding the UCLA campus and beyond. Your support could range anywhere from cleaning supplies to an entire afterschool programWe thank you for your ongoing support and ask that you help us invest in a new generation of arts educators. 

Donate here. 

As a new quarter begins, VAPAE is so proud to congratulate and celebrate our UCLA students for their accomplishments for this past winter quarter. VAPAE Lecturer Onya Hogan-Finlay's mighty cohort just completed the Arts Education Teaching Sequence, Dance 165 students had an amazing residency at University High School where they facilitated high school students creating their own choreography (seen here!), and Afterschool Program culminations were aplenty with galleriesinstallationfilm screenings, and reflection. Once again, congratulations to a successful winter quarter and to spark the initiative of continuous arts education in the community.


March 2018

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We are so proud to reflect that earlier this month VAPAE Community Engagement Coordinator, Raymundo Baltazar, and MASA attendees 8th grader Eduardo Galindo & MASA Mom Rebecca Bautistaspoke on a panel at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Convening: Advancing K-12 University-Assisted Community Schools. VAPAE Director Kevin Kane presented at the same convening on a panel entitled, "Everybody Learns", in which he discussed research that VAPAE is conducting this year on the MASA Program. VAPAE has been tracking the growth in creative confidence and personal and collective agency among the MASA students and parents, and is excited to start sharing its findings on how parent engagement can be supported through the arts. 

The 6th grade cohort from Horace Mann UCLA Community School visited VAPAE at the UCLA Sculpture Garden and explored modern sculpture, visual thinking strategies, and tried their hand at sketching en plein air! One of the students told our Teaching Artist: "It's so relaxing to be outside in the garden and just sit and draw." We wholeheartedly agree!

The MASA Program is exploring the theme of sanctuaries/santuarios with building familiesbuilding homes, and exploring tú eres mi otro yo. Students in PhotoVoice at Venice High School taught by ourTeaching Artist of the Month, Rachel Tu & Owen Weitzel are creating breathtaking photographs of their surrounding community.

This past Saturday, VAPAE had it's first ever Teaching Artist Professional Development led by Laurel Butler. The energy in the room was contagious - we were all caffeinated and ready to take on the day. VAPAE Teaching Artists, Student Teachers, and alum embraced the creative space and the George Szekely quote: “Art teachers are not only a source of knowledge about art but also a catalyst for creating conditions that encourage students to use their own ideas for making art". It was a day filled with motivational visual art-making, inspiring discussion, and flexing our teaching muscles. We are looking forward to the next VAPAE Teaching Artist Professional Development in the spring!


Don't miss out on this upcoming performance - 
March 17th, ACT TWO is taking the stage.

Created and performed by an ensemble of formally incarcerated and system-impacted youth, ACT TWO is the result of a 10-week performing arts intensive led by the Teaching Artists of Agency Arts and the UCLA VAPAE Program. Admission is FREE. RSVP here.

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photo: flyer for act two


February 2018

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photo: students in class, student artworks

Successful New Year's Resolutions, anyone? A lot of VAPAE's resolutions are already happening.
In fact, VAPAE entered 2018 hitting the ground running, literally! 

VAPAE students are currently observing and teaching at 21 school sites in the greater Los Angeles area.
Our AETS cohorts are simultaneously observing classrooms to create unique curricula and implementing their original arts-based lessons in these schools. Students of Dance 165 are now holding class with elementary, middle, and high school students with dance pedagogy put into action. 

Afterschool and Arts Enrichment Programs are experimenting with deeper concepts and ideas, includingbuilding mini-utopias at Emerson Community Charter Middle Schoolwooden families at MASA, and self-exploration at PhotoVoice at Venice High School. The creative process is fruitful - resulting in some stellar works featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

The first Teaching Artist of the Month in this new year is Amanda Sutton, a 4th year Art major at UCLA who is a Teaching Artist for the Afterschool Program at Emerson and our Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer - check out her interview on our tumblr page!

Our Teaching Artists and Movement Specialist, Sara Simon, Amanda Sutton, and Jessi Pontillas will begin pre-residency lessons next week at Hamisaki Elementary School and Arlington Heights Elementary School for the Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer Program. VAPAE is looking forward to hosting these students at the Hammer and on the UCLA campus in March!

VAPAE also looks forward to presenting its first-ever Teaching Artist Professional Development Workshop with VAPAE Lecturer, Laurel Butler, on February 24th. We aim to be responsive to our Teaching Artists by having a day filled with skill-building, constructive conversations, and activities to flex our teaching muscles. Please RSVP to Program Coordinator Amorette Muzingo at

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photo: professional development flyer

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January 2018

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Happy New Year from the VAPAE Team!


VAPAE had the immense pleasure of wrapping up 2017 by celebrating our Afterschool and Arts Enrichment Programs at Emerson Community Charter Middle SchoolCoeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary SchoolSt. Sophia'sMASA at UCLA Community School, and the respective Teaching Artists at our first-ever gallery event on December 13, 2017. The gallery was filled with incredible works, and the students were so excited to see their art on gallery walls at UCLA. 

Afterschool and Arts Enrichment Programs are launching next week with our familiar sites at Emerson, St. Sophia's, and MASA, and welcome back our Photo Program at Venice High School led by VAPAE minor Rachel Tu and Owen Weitzel. We are excited to join with a new partner, Ad Astra at SpaceX where our two Teaching Artists, Alyssa Scott & Jane Kim will be implementing an entirely unique curriculum while also conducting arts education research.

Week One was a whirlwind! Tuesday, Laurel Butler taught Dance 165: Foundations of Dance Education.Wednesday, Sue Bell Yank taught Arts Education 103: Socially Engaged Pedagogy in the Arts.Thursday, we were excited to welcome back our large cohort of students in Arts Education M192 led by Jessica Bianchi, with an expected 14 school sites to be taught in the spring quarter by our VAPAE students. Onya Hogan-Finlay's cohort is implementing their curricula this winter at 8 school sites in a diverse range of art-making in Arts Education M192SL.

VAPAE is proud to announce that our first-ever full day Professional Development Workshop for our Teaching Artists will take place February 24th. Led by Laurel Butler, VAPAE Teaching Artists and students in the Arts Education Teaching Sequence will be able to hone in on their teaching practices, learn new techniques, and continue in their development.

VAPAE wishes all of our students and community partners a healthy and productive winter quarter, with lots of art in all of our lives!


December 2017

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Arts Through Community:

A Celebration of VAPAE's Afterschool Art Programs

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photo: gallery flyer

VAPAE enters December with an invitation to all of you to celebrate with all of us.

Please join us December 13, 2017 from 4pm - 6pm to view artworks on display created by students and Teaching Artists of our Afterschool and Arts Enrichment Programs, to enjoy refreshments and food together, and spend time with one another during this holiday season. 

As December begins, VAPAE prepares for a busy month filled with promising opportunities for the New Year. Our students in the Arts Education Teaching Sequence will be moving on to lesson development + implementation of curriculum in classrooms throughout Los Angeles.

Congratulations to Teaching Artists Yue Wang and Lily Raven Leon at Coeur d'Alene for wrapping up a successful ten-week arts enrichment pilot program! Celebration and displays of artworks will be at the school's annual Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, Dec 16th. Check out Emerson's newsletters on our website here. New and returning Afterschool and Arts Enrichment programs will take place at Venice High School and Ad Astra at SpaceX; new and familiar partnerships that VAPAE is beyond excited for.

UCLA VAPAE Students in Arts Ed 101: Arts In Corrections Practicum will be celebrating their culminating event Narratives of Agency, Monday, December 11th, where students facilitate an interdisciplinary arts survey for incarcerated students at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall Compound, who receive UCLA Extension credit for their participation. Featuring original poetry, choreography, visual art, physical theater and more, Narratives of Agency showcases the creative work of this pilot cohort, examining the role of agency in artistic practice, community building, and personal transformation.

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photo: dance 165 flyer

VAPAE catches up with Laurel Butler, lecturer of Dance 165: Foundations of Dance Education, an upcoming course happening this winter quarter that is a course not to be missed. This course will explore different theories and pedagogies related to Dance Education, developing rigorous and informed curricula to implement at all levels of schooling in the community. Enroll now - spots are limited!

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 As a closing note, we want to encourage you to give to VAPAE this Tuesday, or any Tuesday, to support the two-fold VAPAE mission to provide experiential learning opportunities for our UCLA students and bring much needed arts curricula to local schools.

We look forward to seeing you at our first-ever gallery December 13th.

Happy Holidays from the VAPAE team.


November 2017

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November Newsletter + Invitation

VAPAE began October with exciting plans for the Fall Quarter. We are immensely proud of the partnership with Justice Work Group's conference - where we listened in on brilliant keynote speakers Dr. Melina Abdullah"Freeway" Rick RossKim CarterShaka Senghor, and Danny Murrillo and visited panels where our own students shared their creative work alongside esteemed professors. Our MASA Program at the UCLA Community School celebrated Día de los Muertos with a beautiful altar and paid respect to loved ones passed. The Classroom in Residence at the Hammer (CRH) Professional Development was a  - complete with a presentation of Ethnic Studies by Lorena Guillén and her associates, close looking and manifestos about Isabel Castro's work in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 - 1985 led by Olivia Fales from the Hammer Museum, an ethno-drama workshop led by VAPAE Director Kevin Kane, and an Unjust Art Project led by teaching artist Marissa Magdalena-Sykes.

Our Arts Education Teaching Sequence courses are in full swing this fall quarter with lecturer Jessica Bianchi leading our M102 students into crafting unique lessons and lecturer Onya Hogan-Finlay wrapping up micro-teaching lessons to prepare for teaching in the classroom next quarter. Our fantastic videographer Tigran Nersisian is in the midst of creating short documentaries about our Afterschool Programs, beginning with Emerson Community Charter Middle School. Be on the lookout for digital narratives about MASA, St. Sophia's, and more on our websiteFacebook, and Tumblr.

And to conclude our update is an invite to all of you.

Please save the date, December 13, 2017 4pm - 6pm for Arts through Community: A Celebration of VAPAE's Afterschool Arts Programs - a UCLA campus gallery event to highlight artwork created this quarter in our VAPAE Afterschool Programs, including pieces made by our Teaching Artists. Please join us for hot cocoa, stellar artworks, and a night with the VAPAE family.

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photo: save the date gallery flyer


October 2017

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Warm Welcomes to Fall Quarter

As Week 1 of the Fall Quarter comes to a close,
we want to take a moment to reflect in gratitude. 

We ended the Spring Quarter earlier this year with our first ever General Education course - Arts Education 20: Introduction to Community Engagement through Arts Education taught by our VAPAE Director Kevin Kane and esteemed VAPAE lecturer Carolina San Juan, celebrated our graduating VAPAE Minors & teaching artists, and collaborated with the Confucius Institute & GSEIS to teach the Mandarin/Spanish Summer Arts Camp at Mark Twain Middle School.

This summer, we also bid a fond farewell to two beloved VAPAE team members: our extraordinary Program Coordinator Lindsay Lindberg, and our inspiring Associate Director Laurel Butler. At the same time, we joyfully welcomed our new Program Coordinator Amorette Muzingo and Community Engagement Coordinator Raymundo Baltazar to the VAPAE team.

This Fall Quarter, we begin our Arts Education Teaching Sequence courses, are relaunching our staple Afterschool Programs including: our very first afterschool arts program Studio Sessions @ St. Sophia's once again taught by original teaching artists Brittany Ko and Brianda Perez; new visual arts and hip-hop dance at Emerson Community Charter Middle School; a third year of MASA at the UCLA Community School, and beginning a new partnership with Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School

We are so happy to welcome new & returning students, friends, and family of VAPAE. We look forward to staying connected and sharing VAPAE's happenings with you. Best wishes on a wonderful new academic year!



Upcoming Events

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October 13 - 15, 2017: Beyond the Bars LA: The End of Mass Incarceration

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October 20, 2017: Eco-Poetry Workshop ft. Gabriel Cortez