by Arts for All | Dec 12, 2013

School district visual and performing arts coordinators wear many hats. Some oversee arts education full-time. Others monitor and direct VAPA efforts alongside broader curricular and administrative responsibilities. Despite their varying roles, they are each on the front lines of arts education. Arts for All’s Visual and Performing Arts Lead Advancement Grant program was designed to acknowledge and support the professional development needs of this diverse and dynamic group. Arts coordinators apply for small grants to attend conferences or training opportunities that they feel are best poised to bolster their learning.

 There were more applications for the program this year than ever before. Ten grantees will attend conferences ranging from the National Art Education Association gathering in San Diego to Harvard Project Zero’s “Perspectives” conference in Memphis.

This year’s VAPA Lead Advancement grantees are:

Robyn Alatorre, Hermosa Beach City SD – National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference, San Diego
Janet Buhl, Glendale USD – NAEA Conference, San Diego
Karen Calhoun, Norwalk-La Mirada USD – Seattle World Rhythm Festival, Seattle
Renee Cobb, Compton USD – NAEA Conference, San Diego
Christa Erolin, Lancaster SD – Project Zero Perspectives Conference, Memphis
Christine Fagnano, Hawthorne SD – NAEA Conference, San Diego
Christine Hamlin, Saugus Union SD – Kennedy Center Partnership Conference, Washington D.C.
Amarpal Khanna, ICEF – SXSW Education Conference, Austin
Peter Knapik, Mountain View SD – NAEA Conference, San Diego
Tom Whaley, Santa Monica Malibu USD – California Music Educators Conference, Fresno

Photo: Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Deb Joseph from Beverly Hills Unified  School District, giving a report from her visit to the 2013 NAEA Conference.