Visual and Performing Arts

"The arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created, and the mind is developed.”


Elliot W. Eisner
Professor of Education and Art
Stanford University

Welcome to the Los Angeles County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts program. The purpose of this program is to assist districts/schools in delivering a systematic, sustainable, high-quality and sequential standard-based education for all students.
Featured Events
VAPA Focus Group at Los Angeles COEVAPA Focus Group at Los Angeles COE
Purpose: To receive input from a focus group of educators and to accept comments from members of the public on the revision of California’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards for pre-kindergarten and grades 1–12 (this is a Word document) ...Read more
Teaching Creativity with Common Core StandardsTeaching Creativity with Common Core Standards
This series will engage participants in activities creating interdisciplinary–project based teaching in alignment with the Common Core State Standards. Additionally, it will address the leadership considerations necessary to prepare for changes associated with the Common Core initiative (PDF) ...Read more
Los Angeles County's Poetry Out Loud: County Recitation ContestLos Angeles County's Poetry Out Loud: County Recitation Contest
Open to all public and private high schools, students to learn about poetry through memorization and performance, helping master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and appreciate the art of poetry. This activity also supports the Common Core English Language Arts Standards (PDF) ...Read more