Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts!


    The Visual and Performing Arts Department aims to provide students with access to education in the visual and performing arts. A leader across the nation, the department works to ensure a collaborative and supportive learning community, inspiring all students to achieve academic and artistic excellence, ultimately becoming life-long learners and productive citizens.  The importance of visual and performing arts in the development of children has been well recognized as highly beneficial. The arts positively impact academic performance, assists in developing social skills, and provides an outlet for creativity that is crucial to a child’s development. Education in the arts catapults a child’s learning to new heights and is a pivotal part of a child’s educational process.

VAPA Strategic Plan

  • District music and visual arts faculty members collaborated to create a new Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. This plan has provided guidance to the work of all stakeholders as the District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department leads in public education through a collaborative and supportive learning community that ensures all students are inspired to achieve academic and artistic excellence and become life-long learners and production citizens.  Our new 2023-2027 Strategic Arts Plan is under construction, delayed by the passing of Proposition 28.

    Click here to see the Plan.

VAPA in the News!

  • After a 2 year hiatus BCSD Junior Highs and Middle Schools once again honored our country's veterans by performing at the 2022 Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade! Video of our bands can be found here. 

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  • Bakersfield City School District Recognized Nationally
    for Eleventh Consecutive Year As One of the Best Communities for Music Education, District Heralded for Support of Music Education

    The NAMM (National Association of Music Music Merchants) Foundation has again recognized the Bakersfield City School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the district’s music program has earned this honor.

    In its 22nd year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. The recognition rests on school district funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs. “Music education is a valuable component in the school curriculum. Music provides students a way to uniquely express themselves, develop strong interpersonal skills, and learn skills necessary for success in the 21st Century.

    The Bakersfield City School District is proud of the many accomplishments of its music program, faculty, and students.” said Michael Stone, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts with the District. “The Best Communities for Music Education designation affirms the District’s belief that all children should have access to quality music education. Our students receive a first-class education!”  This distinction is the tenth consecutive award earned by the Bakersfield City School District.
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Contact Information

  • Visual and Performing Arts
    Bakersfield City School District
    Education Center
    1300 Baker Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93305
    Phone: (661) 631-4810
    Fax: (661) 324-3182

    Michael Stone
    Coordinator II
    (661) 631-4810

    Donna Felix
    Staff Secretary
    (661) 631-4774

    Maritza Borja
    Academic Coach

    (661) 631-4753

    David Green
    Academic Coach
    (661) 631-4783

    Joy Orozco
    Clerk VI

    (661) 631-4789