Help VAPAE Bruins bring arts education from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture to youth and families across SoCal.
Join us as we teach, learn, and build creative communities together.
The UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program brings arts education into schools and communities through community engagement, teaching artistry, and research.
Our mission is to:
Connect UCLA students and alumni to communities of Greater Los Angeles
Create career pathways for VAPAE Bruins
Research the need for arts education in all schools and all communities
The arts are essential to educational justice.
Learning thrives in diverse creative communities.
Arts education transforms individuals and society.
LEARN AT UCLA
Through VAPAE’s academic coursework, UCLA students explore the theory and practice of arts education. VAPAE’s general education courses provide an introduction to community arts for all UCLA students, while special topics courses prepare VAPAE Bruins for an arts education career working with specific populations.
TEACH IN CLASSROOMS
VAPAE’s Arts Education Teaching Sequence is a comprehensive experience that leads VAPAE Bruins from educational theory to curriculum design to the classroom.
BUILD CREATIVE COMMUNITIES
VAPAE partners with schools and community organizations to provide multidisciplinary arts education for youth and families. Our afterschool and arts enrichment programs include Multigenerational Afterschool Arts (MASA), Studio Sessions, and other collaborations with nonprofits and arts institutions.
SHARE WITH PUBLIC
VAPAE contributes to public scholarship through research, public exhibitions, and lectures. VAPAE’s public projects are committed to showcasing community artwork and envisioning the impact of arts education.
VAPAE provides access to diverse, inclusive arts education for youth and families. VAPAE Bruins teach innovative arts curricula in schools as they build their own academic knowledge and professional skills.
VAPAE builds learning communities at all levels of arts education. Each one needs your support.
BE THE ONE
to help VAPAE provide
Arts materials, curricula and instruction in classrooms and communities
Career readiness for VAPAE Bruins
Vision for arts education in Los Angeles and beyond
VAPAE’s 2018 SPARK donors contributed 102% of our fundraising goal. Here’s how your donations have supported a new generation of artists: