Unfortunately, fewer than half of all students in California get any kinds of arts education, despite it being mandated in our state education code. California falls well below the national average in terms of numbers of students receiving any kind of arts instruction. This puts our students at a disadvantage both academically and professionally, and they deserve better.
There are things you can do to support arts education, and help put California back on top!
California State PTA and Create CA have teamed up to offer the Parents’ Guide to Arts Education in California Public Schools (also known as the VAPA Guide). This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn in the arts disciplines of dance, music, theater and the visual arts by the end of each grade level.