Elementary curriculum designed
to introduce students to four
of today’s most intriguing
and engaging artists
Arts lessons focused on equity, social and emotional learning,
and the California Arts Standards.
Arts and Equity are intertwined
because art is in all of us.
The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) unit strives to promote and expand the arts in Riverside County. Led by artist, poet, activist, speaker and arts educator Louisa Higgins, the unit will prioritize the following services to districts.
- Developing a County Strategic Arts Plan and assisting districts with their own plans.
- Hosting quarterly professional development (PLCs) for district arts leads.
- Leading webinars and training in the arts for elementary and secondary teachers.
- Initiating artist in residencies in Alternative Education settings.
- Establishing arts partnerships with arts organizations that benefit County students.
- Creating County wide student events for all arts disciplines, such as Honor Band.
- Providing distance learning content in the arts via a variety of platforms.
- Informing the community about arts in the County with a bimonthly newsletter.
- Producing an annual, County wide arts integration conference for teachers.
- Supporting parent education in the arts, in partnership with County resources.
The California Department of Education has created an Arts Education Guidance document. This document is for the arts disciplines in schools as we re-open with distance learning for the 20-21 school year. Download the Arts Education Guidance document here!
CreateCA produced this 2-minute video highlighting the importance of arts education in a short, engaging way. It is also timed to fit within public comment allotted time at school board meetings. Please view it below!