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About Arts


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Our mission is to inspire the artist in every student and to ensure equitable access to a culturally-relevant arts curriculum, facilitated by passionate, reflective, credentialed teachers.

We are a voice for the arts so the arts may give voice to all students.


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The Arts engage and connect students with each other, their school, and their community and are integral to teaching and learning 21st century skills. We envision:

  • Students who express themselves confidently, think critically, and engage the world creatively.
  • Teachers who create a safe environment where critical thinking and curiosity are celebrated.
  • Schools that build bridges to families and communities.
  • Districts that increase access to holistic educational opportunities and create curricular pathways to careers and college.
  • Communities that celebrate the arts and support sustainable arts education for their children.


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Arts Education Master Plan

The Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) Arts Education Master Plan (AEMP) is a five-year, visual and performing arts initiative to provide opportunity, access and equity to all students, TK-12. 

The AEMP is the framework for this transformational public school district and private community partnership to continue collaboration with the design and support of an expanded sequential and standards-based, TK-12 curriculum in the disciplines of instrumental music, choral music, visual arts, theatre, dance and media arts.

All instruction will be supported by relevant professional development and monitored by effective assessments and evaluations. The AEMP is in alignment with, and supports, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

>  Read the AEMP


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History and Supporters

Almost four years in the making, The Arts Education Master Plan was inspired by Arts Council Napa Valley’s vision for countywide arts education access. In 2013 Arts Council Napa Valley created the ACNV Education Alliance to assess the state of arts education in Napa County. The public-private alliance is made up of educators, students, arts administrators and community volunteers who worked tirelessly to understand the local arts education landscape and identify gaps that needed to be addressed.

In the fall of 2015, a $50,000 grant from Alliance partner Festival Napa Valley propelled the ACNV, the Education Alliance partners, and NVUSD to commission the Arts Education Master Plan, which presents a comprehensive framework for the development of the TK-12 sequential, standards-based arts education curriculum. In May of this year, NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sweeney announced the appointment of Chuck Neidhoefer as the Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator (VAPA Coordinator). This new administrative position is being co-funded through a pledge to raise $150,000 over three years by ACNV, Festival Napa Valley, Napa Valley Education Foundation and other Ed Alliance partners. Neidhoefer will oversee a team of arts educators to design the curriculum during the 2016/2017 school year. For the first time, NVUSD will have a point person to lead the charge on sustaining and growing arts education opportunities for all students.

Many private entities have come together to make this possible, including premier funder Festival Napa Valley, and Arts Council Napa ValleyNapa Valley Education FoundationNapa Valley Community FoundationSato Family Foundation, and Notes for Education.