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.
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.
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.