Dear VAPAE students, partners and followers:
By now, you have undoubtedly heard about today’s launch of the LAUSD/ UTLA teacher strike.
Please know that VAPAE wholeheartedly supports the LAUSD teachers in their fight for a fair and just contract, and wishes the very best for all of our guiding teachers and other teacher partners, as well as the local school staff and coordinators we work with regularly, the approximately half a million students at more than 900 Los Angeles public schools, and all the families impacted by the strike.
As your VAPAE instructors and coordinators have already shared, VAPAE will not be crossing picket lines during these days of action and, for the time being, we have put a hold on our Arts Education Teaching Sequence, and all arts enrichment and afterschool arts programs that are offered in these public schools. We expect to resume all of our projects and programs in the public schools once the strike has been resolved.
Thank you for your patience as we endeavor to keep up with the fluid nature of this situation. We promise to remain flexible, creative, and supportive as we help each of you plan this quarter’s classroom observations and teaching schedules accordingly. We will do our best to communicate all updates and pertinent information in a timely manner, as it unfolds.
Kevin and the VAPAE team
June 2018 - Director’s Statement
This past academic year has been another exciting period of growth and transition for the Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) Program. VAPAE, along with the entire School of the Arts and Architecture (SOAA), recently joined together to honor VAPAE founder Professor Barbara Drucker, to salute her magnificent career and celebrate her retirement. VAPAE is forever grateful for Barbara’s vision and tenacity in founding VAPAE in 2012, and spearheading SOAA’s first and only school-wide minor in arts education. We all wish her a healthy, productive and art-filled next life chapter.
This year VAPAE was pleased to welcome Amorette Muzingo as our new VAPAE Program Coordinator and Raymundo Baltazar as our first full-time VAPAE Community Engagement Coordinator. Both Amorette (Art History, B.A.) and Raymundo (World Arts and Cultures, B.A.) are recent UCLA SOAA alumni with VAPAE minors, and together they reflect VAPAE’s commitment to leading its students through a broad range of coursework and topics in arts education, and introducing them to a wide variety of careers in the arts, including the opportunity to work for VAPAE in its mission to provide high quality arts education to our UCLA students and K-12 students in our local communities. VAPAE is proud of its professional development pipeline model and, for the first time, extremely excited to welcome two of our brightest former students as full-time leaders in the Program.
In addition, VAPAE not only continued ongoing Special Programs like the Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer (CRH) Program and the Multigenerational Afterschool Arts (MASA) Program at the UCLA Community School, but augmented its arts education courses and electives and enrolled more UCLA students in its classes and welcomed more students into the Arts Education minor. VAPAE also designed and implemented a growing number of arts enrichment and afterschool arts programming at local schools and community sites, hiring talented VAPAE alumni as Teaching Artist to lead community arts programs. This progress inspired VAPAE to host its first campus Gallery Event, featuring the exquisite artwork created by talented youth and families participating in our community arts programs, and to offer a full-day professional development workshop for our growing cadre of VAPAE Teaching Artists, allowing them to share strategies for effective teaching practices in the field.
Finally, this year VAPAE designed and ran its first ever SPARK fundraising campaign, a chance to increase awareness of the many ways VAPAE is using the arts to connect UCLA students with its school and community partners, and raising funds to ensure that this important work can continue next year, and into the future. All of these programs, partnerships, initiatives and engagements are precious to VAPAE and represent the opportunity for the next generation of UCLA student artists, teaching artists, artist educators, and arts advocates to be identified, nurtured and supported through VAPAE.
Thank you for reading through our final report for 2017/2018, a comprehensive testament to the work VAPAE has accomplished this past academic year, and the important mission it is so proud of.
Kevin M. Kane, Ph.D. MFA
Director, VAPAE Program
September 2017 - An Important Announcement Regarding DACA - Associate Dean Vic Marks
Dear Members of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture community:
We have been following events closely in the days since President Trump announced that the federal government will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and want to make sure that anyone who might be affected by this decision has access to the most up to date information and resources.
As Dean Steele stated in his September 7 message, our first priority as a school community is to protect and educate our students. President Trump’s decision on DACA violates the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that we hold dear.
For any members of our community who are in the DACA program:
The deadline to re-file for a two-year extension is October 5, 2017. While every case is unique, most DACA students should be eligible to re-file.
If you re-file for this extension, it is critical that paperwork is filled out properly. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to complete and review the paperwork ahead of the October 5 deadline. See information below about DACA renewal workshops where you can find assistance with this process.
The fee for re-filing is $495. This cost should not stop anyone from re-filing. There are many organizations committed to helping with this fee, including the Mexican Consulate. More information about fee assistance can be found here.
We encourage every member of our community who currently has DACA to discuss your circumstances with immigration counsel.
You may reach the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center will be holding DACA Renewal Workshops at UCLA on Wednesday, September 27 and Monday, October 2. Please see attached flyer for additional information and to sign up for one of these workshops. At these workshops, they will be able to serve any UC student and their immediate family members (parents, siblings, spouse, children), UC staff, and DACAmented alumni who need assistance with their DACA Renewal.
Additional sources of free legal advice are available at the following locations:
For more information and resources, we encourage you to review the September 12 letter (also attached) that the University of California sent to the UC Community containing guidance for students and other community members who are in the DACA program.
We will continue to work with campus to support and provide resources for our DACA students and reaffirm our commitment to and compliance with broad federal and state privacy rights and other rights that provide protection to all members of the UCLA Arts community.
We will keep you updated with relevant news as the situation evolves.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
August 2017 - VAPAE Team Transition
It is with great fondness and appreciation that we bid farewell to two cherished members of the VAPAE team, Lindsay Lindberg and Laurel Butler, as they transition out of the program and into the next chapters of their professional and creative endeavors.
In her five years as VAPAE program coordinator, Lindsay Lindberg has been both the backbone of the program's administration and the heart of our campus presence. Her unflagging dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work in support of our community programming has propelled VAPAE throughout its years of growth and expansion. We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for all of her contributions to the extended VAPAE family. Lindsay will be pursuing a PhD in education at UCLA’s GSEIS this fall, with the intention of using her experiences at VAPAE as a platform for conducting much needed research in the field of arts education. So, while we will miss her delightful presence in the dean's office, we will fortunately still see her on campus and be able to thank her in person for her tireless service. Congratulations, Lindsay!
Since last spring, VAPAE Associate Director Laurel Butler has brought her creative vision and energetic leadership to all aspects of the VAPAE program, from our community partner programs to new on-campus collaborations and initiatives. She has also served as a member of the VAPAE faculty, bringing her signature pedagogy to the undergraduate students in the VAPAE classroom while serving as faculty advisor for multiple UCLA student groups and independent projects. We are fortunate that she will be staying on the VAPAE faculty this coming school year, while she transitions out of her administrative role in order to focus on her arts-education work with incarcerated and system-impacted youth. Congratulations, Laurel!
It is now with great pride and excitement that we introduce the two newest members of the VAPAE team: Program Coordinator Amorette Muzingo, and Community Engagement Coordinator Raymundo Baltazar!
An accomplished arts educator and administrator (and VAPAE alum!), Amorette has been deeply engaged with and dedicated to arts education and community engagement programming in the School of the Arts and Architecture since graduating from UCLA. Amorette has proven herself to be a valuable member of the UCLA community working to bring high quality arts education programming to all students. Since graduating in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History, Amorette has worked as a teaching artist for VAPAE's afterschool arts programs, coordinated the summer FORM Academy program, and was an active leader in the VAPAE Art as Resistance student group. We are so grateful to have her extraordinary administrative and organizational acumen and warmth of spirit in her new role with VAPAE. Congratulations, Amorette!
Also an accomplished artist and arts administrator (and VAPAE alum!), Raymundo has been a treasured member of the VAPAE staff for the past year as our Afterschool Programs Coordinator. He has also served as a teaching artist with several community programs, bringing his creativity and gregarious teaching style to classrooms throughout Los Angeles. He has helped organize multiple outreach campaigns for VAPAE including our Arts Education Ambassador Social Media campaign and our Afterschool Program Impact Report, and consistently goes over-and-above in his dedicated advocacy for the VAPAE Program and all that it represents. Raymundo recently graduated with honors from the school’s World Arts and Cultures program, and we are thrilled to have him inaugurate this new position with VAPAE. Congratulations, Raymundo!
Please join me in thanking Lindsay, Laurel, Amorette, and Raymundo for their exemplary service to the School of the Arts and Architecture and VAPAE, and offering our best wishes and congratulations as they navigate these exciting changes and transitions.
Sincerely, Kevin M. Kane
Director, Visual and Performing Arts Education Program
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
VAPAE stands strongly and righteously as a safe space that welcomes and supports all our students, staff and community partners regardless of background, birthplace, religion, documentation status, or any other socially or politically constructed identifier.
We believe in love, not hate; we believe in kindness, not cruelty; we believe in inclusivity, not segregation. We work to build bridges, not walls. We are committed to justice, access and hope for all. We will continue to create projects, programs and courses that promote these values.
VAPAE believes that the arts and arts education are and will remain a powerful tool for connection, enlightenment, creativity, healing and resistance during these challenging times. In our classrooms, community spaces, and arts studios, we respect and cherish all who cross our thresholds. All are welcome to join us in our study, research, practice and activism.
In solidarity, the VAPAE Program
"All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous."
VAPAE is proud of all of our afterschool programs and grateful for a productive and fun fall season of art making and community building. We wish all of our students, parents, teacher and school partners, and our fantastic teaching artists a happy and health holiday 2016. See you in the new year!
FORM Academy (Fabricate, Originate, Reimagine, and Make) hosts inaugural summer program
Barbara Drucker, Founding Director of VAPAE and Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Arts Education, collaborated with fellow professors in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture to develop FORM Academy - meeting the need for high quality summer arts experiences for students in low-income communities of Los Angeles. Read more about this pilot program here.
VAPAE Leadership Transition
This June 2016 marks the culmination of my seventh year as the founder and director of the VAPAE Program - leading it through its establishment as the first school-wide minor in May 2010, to the development of the Arts Education Teaching Sequence and in-school partnerships; to the creation of first one, now seven afterschool programs; to the development of the award winning program, Classroom in Residence at the Hammer, now in its 4th year; and last but not least, to the implementation of our first multigenerational afterschool arts program, MASA at the UCLA Community School.
Over the last seven years the presence and reputation of VAPAE has grown significantly to become a highly respected, nationally recognized arts education program - one that demonstrates the positive impact that participation in the arts can have for all human beings, while modeling the values of interdisciplinarity, innovation, collaboration and community engagement.
Of course VAPAE was not built alone - it was a team effort, including all the artist educators who contributed as faculty and program leaders; the undergraduates from our School and across campus who shared their ideas in our arts education courses and their expertise and energy in our afterschool programs; our guiding teachers who patiently mentored the VAPAE teaching artists assigned to their classrooms; our community partners who graciously offered their time and space; and last, but not least, all of the children and parents who have participated in our programs. Without their enthusiasm and open hearts, I personally could not have sustained the energy required to develop VAPAE. Because of them, the VAPAE team and I were able to work continuously and passionately over the last seven years to build this program.
At this time I would like to acknowledge the substantial work that Dr. Kevin M. Kane has contributed as the associate director this past year, and to introduce him as the next director of VAPAE, effective July 1, 2016. Many of you have already worked with Kevin, and know that he is deeply committed to community engagement through the arts, highly trained in arts education theory and practice, and a professional artist in his own right. Over the coming years I am sure that Kevin will intelligently and sensitively lead VAPAE into its next phase of development, and I am certain that it will flourish under his direction.
And I would like to take this moment to thank all involved for supporting the development of VAPAE – each in your own unique and meaningful way - including our generous donors, UCLA faculty, staff, students and especially the classroom teachers. Without you VAPAE would not be what it is today - an innovative, forward thinking arts education program, led by practicing artists and scholars, housed within a major public research university in one of the best professional schools for the arts in the country. The existence and strength of this program is a major accomplishment, and one that we should all be proud of.
Congratulations to all of us for establishing and developing this amazing program. May it continue to produce passionate artist educators from UCLA who spread the word about the importance of involvement in the arts for all; and may it continue to spark the imagination and intellect of all the young people involved in VAPAE programs to continue to develop as open, creative human beings, filled with strength and courage to think independently and to explore and develop full and meaningful lives.
Associate Dean, Community Engagement & Arts Education
Founding Director, Visual and Performing Arts Education Program
Professor, Department of Art UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
VAPAE's Sound Bath Under the Stars Provides a unique opportunity for Students, Faculty, and Staff
May 9, 2016 - 6pm
Read more about VAPAE's Sound Bath Under the Stars here. Make sure to bring a yoga mat, pillow, or blanket- anything that will make you feel comfortable. Participants will relax under the stars as vibrational tones fill the space, releasing tension and anxiety. Space is limited. Please arrive by 5:45pm to ensure your place!
Apply to the STEAM INSTITUTE brought to you by the Daedalus Teacher Collective and the UCLA VAPAE Program this summer
June 27 - July 1, 2016
Participation is free - earn 2 LAUSD Salary Points this summer! Space is limited. To apply and for more information, go to DaedalusCollective.org
VAPAE Collaborates with UCLA Community School Initiative with Launch of Summer Institute with Horace Mann Middle School
On April 5, UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies hosted an event marking the first phase of planning for a new community school in South Los Angeles. VAPAE will help students to develop as artists while supporting social and emotional development during this June's Mann-UCLA Summer Institute.
VAPAE on KPCC
The Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer Program (CRH) is an award-winning, on-going collaboration between VAPAE and the UCLA Hammer
Museum. This March, VAPAE hosted two classrooms of elementary aged pupils at the Hammer Museum and UCLA's campus, for an immersive week in-residence
in an arts-rich environment. Listen to the article featured on KPCC.
UCLA's Classroom-in-Residence Program (CRH) awarded the Superintendent's Award 2016
The Superintendent's Awards for Excellence in Museum Education Competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and educators. The competition is the joint project of the sponsors, CAM and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Six California museums were selected in 2016 to receive an award for excellence in museum education, chosen by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torkalson. VAPAE's Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer was one of the winners! Read more...
UCLA Community Program of the Year Catalyst Award - UCLA's Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) has been designated the 2015 recipient!
The Catalyst Award recognizes a UCLA Community Program that has made a significant impact in the communities it serves. The School of the Arts and Architecture's outreach to the greater Los Angeles community- through VAPAE's Arts Education Teaching Sequence, afterschool programs, Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer, and public events series- is being recognized for demonstrating a commitment to providing arts education to students, teachers, and the community and for achieving UCLA's tripartite mission of education, research, and public service. Read more...
Read more about VAPAE's work at the UCLA Community School in a recent article on Ampersand.