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Visual and Performing Arts Flourish in Newport-Mesa

Students Playing Instruments

Newport-Mesa Unified School District prioritizes arts education and is a strong proponent of creative expression, offering students the ability to tap into quality arts education at all levels of their education.

Our district offers visual and performing art options in all 32 schools. As students’ progress to high school they are afforded advanced arts opportunities such as:

  • Two-dimensional art and digital media
  • Digital photography
  • Print making
  • Video, film and animation
  • Three-dimensional ceramics
  • Sculpture, printing and mixed media
  • Musical theatre, drama productions, and dance instruction at multiple levels.

We have annual district-wide festivals in strings, band, and choral music. Other district-wide events include a dance invitational, a senior art show, and a visual arts showcase. The visual arts showcase features exemplary student work in nine categories: three-dimensional craft, such as:

  • Wheel thrown ceramics, hand built ceramics and mixed media
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Water color
  • Print making
  • Pastels
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital design

Due to high industry demand, we are looking into offering animation film. Newport Harbor High School also hosts an annual Evening of the Arts program, which attracts more than 500 guests yearly to meet and view student’s professional quality artwork.

“One staple to our success has been the strong community partnerships that we’ve forged to offer students even broader opportunities in all arts disciplines,” said Mr. Scott Fitzpatrick, music teacher on special assignment.

In addition to partnering with the City of Costa Mesa to jointly offer summer arts programs, we also partner with many world-renowned professionals and organizations to connect students with real-world experiences.

Our district regularly has highly regarded professional clinicians and professors work with students to provide additional instruction, tailored to their needs. Professional vocalists through the Pacific Chorale Academy work with teachers to create sustainable choir programs. Clinicians from OC Music and Dance have worked with dance students and will work with students in band and strings. South Coast Repertory, Philharmonic Society, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts offer field trips to our students. Our district is appreciative of these and the countless other partnerships that support and celebrate students in all arts disciplines.

Visit the visual and performing arts webpage for more information.