VAPAE, Center/Clark Book Arts Center Partner, Honored

Published: October 9, 2015

Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) has received the 2015 UCLA Community Program of the Year Catalyst Award for its “commitment to providing arts education to students, teachers, and the community and for achieving UCLA’s tripartite mission of education, research, and public service.” VAPAE is the Center & Clark’s partner in planning for the Gatehouse Book Arts Center, utilizing the university’s oldest extant building as a laboratory for the discovery and appreciation of book arts by K–8 children. In 2013 a week-long book arts program—”Inside the Atelier”—was offered at the Clark in collaboration with VAPAE, which also worked on a Clark-based curriculum for use in future book-arts-centered activities. The students, who ranged from second to fifth graders, gained skills that are a vital part of art education, including planning and organization, critical thinking, and problem solving. In addition, the students, who represent a broad diversity of neighborhoods and backgrounds, came together over two things that all children have in common: curiosity and creativity.