Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
A Message from the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
The arts are a dynamic presence in our daily lives, enabling us to express our creativity while challenging our intellect. Through the arts, children have a unique means of expression that captures their passions and emotions and allows them to explore ideas, subject matter, and culture in delightfully different ways. Achievement in the arts cultivates essential skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, effective planning, time management, teamwork, effective communication, and an understanding of technology.
The visual and performing arts standards presented here are comprehensive and provide important guidance for schools to prepare curricula for students in prekindergarten through grade twelve. For the four disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts— each with its own body of knowledge and skills—the standards are organized into five strands that are woven throughout all artistic experiences. The standards incorporate both traditional means of artistic expression and newer media, such as cinematography, video, and computer-generated art.
Educators are encouraged to take the standards and design curricular and instructional strategies that address the needs of their students, teachers, and families. Local educational agencies will want to consider ways to include standards-based visual and performing arts instruction both in regular arts instruction and into other subject areas for interdisciplinary instruction.
The visual and performing arts standards reflect our belief that all children should have access to challenging curriculum content, exhibit a high level of performance proficiency, and be prepared for the world of tomorrow.
RUTH E. GREEN President, California State Board of Education
JACK O’CONNELL State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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