Our mission is to inspire the voice and creative mind within every student in Napa County.



We believe the arts engage and connect students with each other, their school, and their community and are integral to teaching and learning 21st century skills. Through partnering with schools and the community, we will ensure equitable access to a culturally-relevant arts education.

We envision:

STUDENTS who have access to sequentially learned and applied arts curriculum including exposure and enrichment opportunities and integration within all curriculums allowing expression with confidence and engagement in 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.

ARTISTS that provide mentorship through passionate and expert practice

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS that provide and support relevant, engaging and significant educational opportunities for students of all ages.

COMMUNITIES that celebrate the arts and support sustainable arts education for their children recognizing the importance of the arts to the whole person and a healthy community.



Over five 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. This 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 Festival Napa Valley, an Alliance partner, propelled the ACNV, the Education Alliance partners, and NVUSD to commission the Arts Education Master Plan. It presents a comprehensive framework for the development of the TK-12 sequential, standards-based arts education curriculum.

In the spring of 2016, the NVUSD Board of Education unanimously adopted the Arts Education Master Plan and created the full-time Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator position to lead the initiative. The position is co-funded with $150,000 over three years by ACNV, Festival Napa Valley, Napa Valley Education Foundation and other Education Alliance partners.

In 2016, NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sweeney appointed Chuck Neidhoefer as the Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator (VAPA Coordinator). Neidhoefer oversees a team of arts educators which is working to improve the arts curriculum.  For the first time, NVUSD had a point person to lead the charge on sustaining and growing arts education opportunities for all students.  Currently, curriculum and programs are being developed to fulfill the promise the Alliance and NVUSD Arts Master Plan.

Why I Support Arts Education

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.

–William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create."

–President Barack Obama

"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate."

–Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp



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