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Throughout the summer, students enriched themselves and showcased their talents throughout all of Orange County.  In June, students participated in our annual SMART camp which is our partnership in June with the City of Costa Mesa. Students join free enrichment programs in Sports, Music and Art. This year culminated in a wonderful performance with choir, band , jazz band and orchestra.


In the month of July, many of our Elementary students participated in our summer school that offered many arts opportunities in Dance, Art, Theater and Music. This year our schools featured the show Annie Jr. to place a fun bookend for our performances during the summer.



Coming off the heels of winning the OC Artist of the Year competition for 2023 in Visual Art. Alexandra Hernandez was recognized by the City of Costa Mesa for her Artistry on July 18,2023 by the Costa Mesa City Council and Mayor John Stephens. 

Alexandra was also recognized by the OC Fair as a Division Winner in Wheel Throwing. It is so wonderful to celebrate our students accomplishments as they move from High School to Adulthood.



If you have any unused musical instruments, please contact us or your child's school for information on how to make a tax-deductible donation that can help a deserving student. Band & orchestra instruments, guitars & ukuleles, hand drums, and small percussion are all needed.

“The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.”
― Ken Robinson

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."
- Neil Gaiman

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
- Kurt Vonnegut

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About Us

Newport- Mesa Unified believes that every student must have access to education and opportunities in the Visual and Performing Arts. The district is divided into 4 zones, each based upon the four comprehensive high schools that our middle and elementary schools feed into. There are arts opportunities at every site for every child.

We have partnerships with the city, community organizations, and arts communities throughout Orange County. We have created venues for student performances, written grants to enhance technology and learning in the arts, and have hosted events and festivals that allow our students to shine.

.For more information about visual and performing arts programs available to your child, please visit each individual school's website. 

School Arts Pages

Contact Us

Tamara Fairbanks 
Teacher on Special Assignment