VAPAE is an innovative program that fosters the creative and intellectual growth of UCLA Arts students while providing much needed arts education curricula to children in underserved communities.
UCLA Community School 2: Horace Mann Middle School AcademiCamp
6th-9th grade pupils from the Horace Mann Middle School - the second UCLA Community School (CS2) are exposed to interdisciplinary art making experiences by participating in a four-week summer intensive. VAPAE Teaching Artists design and implement literacy-based visual and performing arts units of study, which vary in theme from year to year, for the CS2 pupils. Topics have included Hip-Hop Dance, and Visual Art.
UCLA Community School AcademiCamp
Each year 6th-9th grade pupils from the UCLA Community School (UCS) are exposed to interdisciplinary art making experiences by participating in a four-week summer intensive. VAPAE Teaching Artists design and implement literacy-based visual and performing arts units of study, which vary in theme from year to year, for the UCS pupils. Topics have included Literacy through Dance, Visual Art, Artists' Books, Storytelling & Theater, Music Composition and Songwriting.
Creativity Sessions at the UCLA Lab School
With an understanding that early exposure to the creative process and the arts is instrumental in educating the whole child, VAPAE minors, working with a guiding teacher at the UCLA Lab School, design and implement a sequence of 8 arts-based lessons designed to stimulate the creative impulses of K-2 students.
Socially Engaged Arts Workshops “On the Hill”
Based on the successful implementation of the VAPAE course, Socially Engaged Pedagogy in the Arts, VAPAE teaching artists inspire undergraduate students living “on the hill” at UCLA to incorporate arts and social practice into their daily lives. Workshops are offered in various disciplines including storytelling, found art sculptures, creative writing, dance and movement, theater, and food as a mechanism for dialogue and community building.
Graduate Student and Staff-led Arts Workshops
Graduate students and staff members in the School of the Arts and Architecture propose workshops based on their own areas of research and interests. VAPAE hosts these workshops with the intention to expose students and community members to a rich diversity of arts practices represented in our campus community.
UCLA Clark Library Book Arts Summer Workshop
3rd-5th grade students from three schools in the West Adams area collaborate at the Clark Library for a week-long arts immersion program that engages them in the creative process of bookmaking. All programming is intended to extend the innovative arts and writing curricula from UCLA into an underserved neighborhood at the heart of Los Angeles. The summer program culminates in the creation of an original book of thoughts, illustrations, poems and stories that give voice and vision to children from a variety of life experiences.