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Be a part of the inaugural

Riverside County

High School Honor Band

The new Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) unit strives to promote and expand the arts in Riverside County.

Lead by artist, poet, activist, speaker, and arts instructor Mrs. Louisa Higgins, the unit will be developing a county arts plan, supporting districts who would like to create their own plan, and providing VAPA standards, support, and training to our districts.

RCOE VAPA Priorities include:

  • Creation of a County Arts Plan in conjunction with California Alliance for Arts Education, Arts Now Campaign
  • Hosting professional development for VAPA Leads:
    • Professional Development Day
    • Quarterly meetings (beginning in January)
  • Producing RCOE ArtsLift Arts Conference for Multiple Subject teachers
  • Leading Arts Standards trainings for district teachers and administrators
  • Founding of the Riverside County High School Honor Band for music students from across the county
  • Establishing the following countywide student events in all arts disciplines, over the next several years:
    • Honor Band Performance
    • Honor Choir Performance (2021)
    • Student Film Festival (2021)
  • Initiating Arts Residencies for county alternative education programs
    • Boys Arts Mentoring – Court Schools
    • Everybody Dance Now – Community Schools
  • Developing Arts Partnerships with arts organizations
    • Poetry Out Loud
    • Inlandia Institute
    • Palm Springs International Film Festival
    • International Dance Festival
    • Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival
    • UCR – Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful