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The mission of the Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) Program is to expose UCLA undergraduates to the theories and practices of arts education, and provide UCLA students experiential opportunities to bring culturally sustaining arts education into schools and communities throughout Los Angeles. VAPAE’s research and practice is built upon the belief that the arts should be a part of every child’s whole and complete education, regardless of circumstance or zip code. VAPAE builds and shares knowledge to highlight the importance of arts education in a diverse society, and investigates the impact of innovative coursework and arts curricula on local communities, schools, youth and families. Since its inception in 2010, VAPAE has impacted over 30,000 youth and adults, working with over 50 K-12 schools, and partnering with 25 campus and community organizations in the Los Angeles area. As an undergraduate academic program, VAPAE has graduated over 130 students with a minor in Arts Education.

Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor

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Portrait of student: Monica Agajanian

Visual teaching artist with a background in art history looking to inspire change through art and activism.

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Portrait of student: Jamie Arlene Gonzalez

Jamie is a multimedia and teaching artist. She thanks Onya-Hogan Finley, Sabra Williams, & Mimi Savage for her transformative time with VAPAE.

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Portrait of student: Sage Draddy Lacroix

Sage is a dance educator who strongly believes that movement can be a vehicle for emotional expression, healing, and social change. 

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Portrait of student: Jade Shania McKenzie

I am a visual teaching artist with a background in art history looking to inspire change in local communities through art and activism.

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Portrait of student: Crystal Jasmine Ruelas

I fell hard. Then I fell harder. The harder I fell the more I wanted to succeed then I stopped falling.

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Portrait of student: Ann Jeanette Titan

Annie Titan is a VAPAE teaching artist, educator, and artivist. Annie grounds their work in studies of social emotional learning and bell hooks' theory of engaged pedagogy.

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