Arts Education 20 Performance Project

In the spring quarter 2019, VAPAE once again offered its GE class, Introduction to Community Engagement through the Arts. The students and instructors utilized a creative praxis model to experience making an original, collaborative, performance piece that explored individual and collective identity. This is the video version of that work-in-progress class project.



Join the VAPAE Team as they reflect upon their experiences in the VAPAE Program and how it has shaped their future!


VAPAE Teaching Artist Profile: Maria Vazquez

VAPAE highlights one of Multigenerational Afterschool Arts (MASA) Program's Teaching Artists, Maria Vazquez. We take an inside look into what it means to be a VAPAE Teaching Artist and part of the VAPAE community.


A Look Inside Arts Education 101

VAPAE offers special topics courses through Arts Education 101. This past winter quarter, Arts Ed 101: Creative Acts: Strategies for Teaching Artists Working with Young People in Underserved Communities explored different experiential methods, learned about community leaders, and participated in engaging class activities.


The Butterfly Effect: Activism & Transformation Through the Arts, An Evening with Favianna Rodriguez & Guests

The UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) Program in the School of the Arts and Architecture presents this free, all-ages public lecture and panel discussion on art, education and social change in schools and communities. In this lecture and panel discussion, Favianna Rodriguez and panelists will offer perspectives on how artists and educators speak, write and create around topics of migration and diaspora. Cultural organizer, artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez's personal and artistic mission is to inspire social and political change through art, cultural organizing, and technology. She explores these topics in her Migration is Beautiful project, with the recurring symbol of the monarch butterfly representing the crossing of borders and the beauty of migration.


Happy New Year from VAPAE

VAPAE wishes all a Happy New Year and a great start to the winter quarter, looking forward to all classes, afterschool and arts enrichment programs, public events, and special programs.


Arts Through Community: A Celebration of VAPAE Afterschool Art Programs

On December 12th, 2018, VAPAE held its 2nd annual Arts Through Community gallery exhibition featuring artworks from all of VAPAE's afterschool and arts enrichment programs.


MASA Grows: A Closer Look at VAPAE’s MASA Programs

VAPAE is proud to have expanded its Multigenerational Afterschool Arts (MASA) Program from its original UCLA Community School location to Torres High School in East Los Angeles - celebrating Día de los Muertos and creating projects together.


VAPAE 2017 - 2018 Highlights

VAPAE highlights the 2017-2018 academic year and looks back at the AETS Students, Afterschool and Arts Enrichment Programs, Classroom in Residence at the Hammer, and VAPAE's Gallery Event.


Classroom in Residence at the Hammer Museum - Classroom Teacher Professional Development

In July 2018, VAPAE and the Hammer Museum launched this year's Classroom in Residence at the Hammer Museum (CRH) program with a 3-day Professional Development entitled "Strengthening 21st Century Skills through Art".


VAPAE Arts Education Teaching Sequence

An in-depth look at the Arts Education Teaching Sequence - the core of the VAPAE Program, where students go from theory to observation to practice in their communities.


VAPAE Teaching Artist Professional Development 

A One Minute Documentary look inside VAPAE's first ever Teaching Artist Professional Development led by Laurel Butler.


Dance 165 Music Videos

Dance 165 UCLA students held a mini-residency at University High School, learning about choreography, technique, and filmmaking. These dances were choreographed entirely by the Uni High students!


PhotoVoice at Venice High School

VAPAE takes a closer look at PhotoVoice, a high school photography program held at Venice High School in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Venice.


Happy New Year from VAPAE

VAPAE was lucky enough to finish out 2017 with a bang by hosting a gallery to celebrate all of the Teaching Artists and Afterschool and Community Arts Enrichment Programs from the Fall quarter!



The Multigenerational Afterschool Arts (MASA) Program is one of VAPAE's most unique programs - where families gather to create art together.


Dance Education: An Interview

VAPAE catches up with Laurel Butler, Lecturer of this winter quarter's Dance 165: Foundations of Dance Education.


Emerson Community Charter Middle School

VAPAE takes a closer look into the Visual Arts and new Dance programs at Emerson in the Fall of 2017.


Warm Welcomes for Fall 2017

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!


Arts Education 20

In the spring quarter of 2017, the VAPAE program offered its very first GE class, Introduction to Community Engagement through the Arts taught by Kevin Kane, Director and Carolina San Juan. This video is a collaborative effort created by all 60 members of Arts Education 20 and edited by Jingqiu Guan.


Socially Engaged Arts

In 2015 the history and practice of Socially Engaged Arts Pedagogy was explored by 18 VAPAE students in Arts Education 103, a core course offered by Kevin Kane, Lecturer and Associate Director of VAPAE.


The Making of a Teaching Artist

For an in-depth look at VAPAE's Arts Education Teaching Sequence please take a few minutes to watch the video below. "The Making of a Teaching Artist" tracks four UCLA VAPAE students as they develop their arts-based teaching practice, and progressively develop into outstanding Teaching Artists.


Classroom in Residence at the Hammer

The Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer is an on-going collaboration between VAPAE and the UCLA Hammer Museum. Each March, VAPAE hosts 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.


Dance @ University High School

VAPAE’s Afterschool Programs offer students in the Los Angeles area supportive and constructive out-of-school arts activities. The dance program at Uni High in the fall of 2015 culminated in the production of this music video, choreographed and created by the dancers.