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.