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Arts for LA prepared this page as a resource to help you become more familiar with the value of a complete education that includes the arts.
- What does arts education mean?
- Current arts education research findings
- Los Angeles County arts education policy & plan inventory by district
Arts education is commonly abbreviated to "VAPA," or Visual and Performing Arts.
According to sections 51210(e) and 51220(g) of the California Education Code, all school districts are required by law to provide VAPA education to students in grades one through twelve. The Code states:
"Visual and performing arts, including instruction in the subjects of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression."
Each district is tasked with crafting and implementing its own approach to arts education policies and plans for its students.
A wealth of research supports the broad benefits of arts education on students from all walks of life. A sampling of this reseach is included below.
Arts Education Navigator (Americans for the Arts)
This study illuminates how arts education helps student stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life, and succeed in work.
What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education (Arts Education Partnership)
This guide includes several suggested steps for fortifying arts education opportunities for students.
Reinvesting in Arts Education (President's Council on the Arts & Humanities)
Created in 1982 by President Reagan, the President's Council on the Arts & Humanities collaborates with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities to advise the White House on cultural policy. The PCAH undertook an examination of the benefits of arts education and the needs of underserved public schools across the country. This analysis is followed by a set of general recommendations for federal policymakers and other stakeholders to further the benefits and reach of arts education in our nation’s schools that are consistent with President Obama’s Arts Policy Platform and with Mrs. Obama’s determination to give all American children access to the advantages that lead to success in life.
The Arts in Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life (National Endowment for the Arts)
This study describes the correlation between arts participation and civic engagement activities like increased voting.
While arts education is required by the State of California, each district is empowered to establish its own approach to providing the arts to students through the creation of arts education policies and plans. This table provides links to existing arts education plans and policies for districts in Los Angeles County. Links will redirect you to Arts for All's website, where the documents are stored. If your district does not have a plan or policy listed here, it may not exist; contact your district's administration for more information.
School districts that have partnered with Los Angeles County Arts for All are listed in bold text with a blue ribbon icon .