January 2018


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


Arts Through Community:

A Celebration of VAPAE's Afterschool Art Programs


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.


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!


 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.


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


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


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