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Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.


Arts and Enrichment activities at Valencia Elementary are solely funded through fundraising and grant-writing by the hardworking volunteers of the Valencia Home and School Club.  Due to the complete eradication of arts education funding in California’s public schools, our children’s access to arts education is only made possible by dedicated parents, faculty, staff and the greater Santa Cruz community.  Together, we strive to make art a more integral part of our curriculum and give children access to a rich cultural experience.  Help us create the foundation for creativity and zest for beauty at our local school.  To get involved, contact Gigi Kelbert - VP, Arts and Enrichment here.

Anyone who has ever seen a student become excited, energized, and confident through artistic exploration has seen first-hand how arts education engages children and contributes to their overall development. The arts – dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, which collectively include the media arts – are recognized as “core academic subjects” in Federal law, as well as in state statutes and core educational documents[1]. While each of the arts disciplines has its own unique set of knowledge, skills, and processes, the arts share common characteristics that make arts education powerful preparation for college, career, and a fulfilling life.

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[1] No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 u.S.C. § 9101 (11); “The Value and Quality of Arts Education: A Statement of Principles” (1998),; Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do (new York: The College Board, 1983), still in use

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