VAPAE Public Event Series for 2015-2016
Visual and Performing Arts Education Program, UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture

VAPAE, UCLA's Visual and Performing Arts Education Program, aims to be at the forefront of the statewide and national debate regarding the place and importance of the arts for all and to be a catalyst for positive change in urban arts education.

During the 2015-2016 year VAPAE is offering an exciting public event series exploring a range of topics and strategies that promote arts equity and high quality arts education initiatives.  

Remembering Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Terezín Artist and Teacher
Presentation by Dr. Linney Wix, Ph.D., Professor of Art Education, University of New Mexico, remembering the remarkable artist and devoted teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis through the words and images of eleven survivors who studied art with her in the Terezín concentration camp in 1943 and 1944.
·      Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7pm
·      UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Questions of Quality: What Is High Quality Arts Education and Why Does It Matter?Presentation by Steven Seidel, Ed.D, Bauman and Bryant Chair in Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Followed by panel discussion and Q&A with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (Dean, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies); Steve Zimmer (Board President, LAUSD); Malissa Feruzzi-Shriver (Executive Director, Turnaround Arts CA); Carolyn McKnight (Principal, East LA Performing Arts Magnet Academy); Moderated by Talia Gibas (Professional Development Programs Manager, Los Angeles County Arts Commission).
·      Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7pm
·      EDA, 1250 Broad Art Center, UCLA


Community Dialogue and Civic Practice – An Experiential Workshop
Michael Rohd, nationally known arts leader and author of Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue, will facilitate this experiential workshop for UCLA undergraduates and local high school students; Introductory remarks by Chris Anthony, director of Shakespeare LA & Will Power to Youth Program.
·      Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6pm-10pm
·      1000 Kaufman Hall, UCLA

Play and Creativity in Art Teaching
Presentation by George Szekely, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Art Education, University of Kentucky, will draw from his current research and two classic volumes, Encouraging Creativity in Art Lessons and From Play to Art to discuss the importance of play and creativity in art teaching.
·      Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7pm
·      Popper Auditorium, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA

All events are free and open to the public – Reservations suggested.
For more information contact: 310.794.4822 or [email protected]


The Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) is an innovative arts education model that introduces undergraduates to key issues and methodologies in the field of arts education and to a broad range of careers in the arts, including K-12 teaching, community arts education, museum education, creative arts therapies, and arts advocacy.

VAPAE is comprised of several components that work together to support UCLA students as artists, educators, scholars and researchers. In addition to UCLA courses offered through VAPAE, the program also provides in-school, after-school, immersive and arts-based workshops, professional development opportunities for UCLA teaching artists, classroom teachers, and K-12 pupils, and public events that are free and open to the community.

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