Innovative practices in our schools, districts and county offices of education require rethinking the kind of support educators will need in order to provide arts learning for our students. The Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools (VAPA framework) describes some of the important ways districts can establish a district-wide arts program. One thing is for certain, we all have a leadership role to play to ensure that all California students have a quality, sequential arts education. Teachers, parents, school board members, school and district-level administrators, arts and community partners, higher education, businesses leaders (the list goes on…) can make a difference! This section provides some practical information on how to move forward the vision of delivering arts to all of our California students.
California Arts Education Policies & Mandates
Education Code Section 8811
Defines the “arts” to include the four disciplines of dance, drama and theatre, music, and visual arts as set forth in the state’s adopted curriculum framework for visual and performing arts.
Education Code Section 51210
Areas of Study: Grades 1 to 6 (e) 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.
Education Code Section 51220
Areas of Study: Grades 7 to 12 (g) Visual and performing arts, including dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.
Education Code Section 51225.3
(Senate Bill 813, Passed in 1983) Includes among the academic subjects required for graduation from high school a year of a visual or performing art (dance, music, theatre, or visual art) or a year of foreign language.
Education Code Section 60605.1
(added September 2000) Requires the State Board of Education to adopt content standards, pursuant to recommendations developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in the visual and performing arts. (Standards adopted by State Board of Education January 10, 2001).