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Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
Creativity and appreciation for the arts are important for all students to have a well-rounded education that exposes them to new ideas and perspectives. Arts education boosts school attendance, academic achievement, and college attendance rates; improves school climate; and promotes higher self-esteem and social-emotional development.
The 2019 California Arts Standards update the four arts disciplines—dance, music, theatre, and visual arts—and include new standards for media arts as a discrete discipline. Media arts includes diverse categories such as digital imaging, animation, sound production, web design, virtual reality, and interactive design, along with new and emerging forms.
The California Arts Standards are based on the National Core Arts Standards created by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards in 2015, which provide a foundation for the development of artistic competencies and the cultivation of a lifelong appreciation and understanding of the arts. As students develop artistic literacy—the ultimate goal of arts learning for California’s students—they develop transferable skills that enhance their personal, academic, and professional endeavors.
Students in the grades 6th - 8th at Maywood/DaVinci Middle School are offered
Instruction on various musical instruments. Instruments and resources are provided by the school at no cost to families. The band may perform in various in-school and evening concerts throughout the year
All CUESD students receive opportunities to explore and create art in various styles. Lessons explore artists and styles from various cultures and teach techniques for the creation of personal and collaborative works of art.