All Portland Public School students will be creative, collaborative and artistic individuals prepared for deep engagement with the world through exploring, understanding, and mastering the arts.
OVERVIEW: PPS VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) refers to the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Portland Public Schools' VAPA Program operates within the STEAM Department in the Office of Teaching and Learning.
Portland Public Schools offers arts education to 78 schools across the district. With over 200 certified arts teachers, we are one of largest organizations providing arts education in the state of Oregon. We offer multiple opportunities for artistic expression from kindergarten through twelfth grade, beginning level to pre-professional.
Portland Public Schools’ Visual and Performing Arts Department will ensure equitable access for all students to a high-quality dance, music, theatre, and visual arts education. Our highly-qualified arts teachers will achieve this through culturally responsive and standards-based curriculum. PPS will provide sequential visual and performing arts pathways district-wide, and engage community partners in arts programming.
ARTS EDUCATION MATTERS
The arts are fundamental to a child's creative expression and their overall learning and growth. Integrated into the general curriculum, they enhance comprehension and engagement. On their own, they nurture self-esteem and increase whole-brain activity. The arts are one of our greatest tools for promoting creative thinking in the classroom.
Visit the INSTRUMENT RENTAL FORM for information regarding renting band and orchestra instruments from the district
Visit the HeART of Portland page for information regarding the annual, district-wide arts showcase
Visit the Calendar of Events page to discover Visual and Performing Arts events.
To contact the Program Administrator for Visual and Performing Arts, Kristen Brayson, please click the CONTACT page.
FOR PPS ARTS EDUCATORS
Use the ARTS EDUCATOR PORTAL to access important information and documents. The page is password protected, so email Program Administrator Kristen Brayson if you need the password.