Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Linda Bynoe


The focus of this research project was to determine if an elementary school in California, was getting the resources and funding needed to integrate visual art into curriculum. It was found that California had increased funding for the arts and arts organizations.To encourage art-integration, The California Board of Education created Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Common Core Standards, which encompassed a broad range of art disciplines at the k-5 level. Although VAPA standards were strongly encouraged, local school boards determined their inclusion. Even though there had been a push to include the arts, California was found to be behind in national testing in art disciplines.The study focused on a k-5 public elementary school in Santa Clara County. A questionnaire was given to a principal and teacher at the school. The findings revealed that the school was not receiving additional grant money, nor had they integrated VAPA standards into their curriculum. The teacher interviewed had no formal arts education and was not provided professional development from the school to integrate the arts. This school offered visual art education to their 5thgrade students through after-school programing, but it was supported by the Parent Teacher Association, and the local community college.